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OMDC Leads Mission to India to
Boost Co-productions

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), in partnership with Telefilm Canada, led a group of 10 Ontario screen producers on a 10-day trade mission to India. It took delegates to Mumbai and Goa, including visits to the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), providing the participants with an opportunity to forge new relationships and build foundations for future collaboration between Ontario-based and Indian producers.

OMDC’s chair, Kevin Shea, and OMDC’s president and CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone, spearheaded the Mission. “OMDC strengthens Ontario’s screen-based production sectors by encouraging collaboration and exploring new opportunities in international markets. We recognize India is home to one of the largest, most vibrant production sectors in the world. By connecting our talented Ontario producers with successful Indian producers, executives and financiers, we’re helping to build a strong relationship between our two jurisdictions. This is a win-win opportunity for everyone involved,” said Thorne-Stone.

In Mumbai, the OMDC delegation participated in business-to-business meetings with Indian producers, executives, and financiers, as well as visited studios and filming location sites. In Goa the group attended the four-day Film Bazaar hosted by the NFDC, and IFFI, the largest film festival in India. These two events provided the delegation with hundreds of additional meetings, both with Indian and international film companies and organizations. Finally, the attendees participated in the ‘Focus on Canada’ program during IFFI, market screenings, and a panel led by the OMDC and Telefilm on Producing in Canada.

The Ontario producers on the India Mission included: David Miller, A71 Productions Inc.; Damon D'Oliveira, Conquering Lion Productions; Srinivas Krichna, Divani Films; Paul Stephens, Film Works Inc.; Lalita Krishna, In Sync Video; Larissa Giroux, Intrepid Film Arts Inc.; Alfons Adetuyi, Inner City Films; Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions Inc.; Rama Rau, Storyline Entertainment Inc.; and Ray Sharma, XMG Studio Inc.

Did you know?

  • The production sector in India is one of the most robust in the world, with film, television and animation/special effects industries estimated to be worth nearly $600 billion by 2012.
  • The Indian film industry is projected to grow by 12.4 per cent, reaching $170 billion in 2014.
  • The Indian television industry, moving from analog to digital, will grow 12.9 per cent from 2010 to 2014, and will reach $420 billion in 2014.
  • India’s gaming industry will grow a cumulative rate of 29.4 per cent over the next five years.

If you are looking for a taste of India created by some of our home-grown filmmakers watch: Amal, Breakaway, Bollywood/Hollywood, Cooking With Stella, Earth, Fire, Water, Heaven on Earth, Masala, Such a Long Journey and coming soon to the festival circuit Midnight’s Children.

Check out more stories on the OMDC’s Mission to India:

Bollywood, may we have this dance? (The Globe and Mail 2011-12-03, byline: Anu Chopra)

OMDC and Telefilm lead India mission to drum up copros (Playback online, 2011-17-21, byline: Etan Vlessing)

XMG Studio scouts for partner in India (Business Standard, 2011-11-21, byline Indira Kannan)

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