LA India Film Council Governing Members Announced

Launched in 2010 to promote ties between Hollywood and India with a joint declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry, the council's governing members include leading players from both sides.

NEW DELHI – In a bid to further boost ties between Hollywood and the Indian film industry, a special event at the ongoing FICCI FRAMES conference in Mumbai saw the announcement of the governing members of the LA India Film Council which includes heavy-hitters from both industries. With a view to facilitate and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection, and commercial cooperation between the two industries, the LAIFC was launched in 2010 with a joint declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian Film Industry.

“The LA India Film Council is a natural corollary to the rapidly increasing creative, technological and location partnerships developing between the two countries and promises to set new benchmarks in the world of cinema.  On behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America and as a big fan of Indian cinema, I wish the council great success in the future,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd who participated in the special event at the FICCI FRAMES convention accompanied by Bollywood personalities, industry executives and government officials to announce the governing council members.

The event also saw a sizzle reel presentation on the council, the launch of the LAIFC's enhanced website (www.laindiafilmcouncil.org) and the release of a special commissioned report by consultants Ernst & Young providing further information about the two industries.

“There is something to learn from each culture. For technical aspects, perfection and amazing presentation, it is Hollywood. For stories from the soul, it is Indian cinema.  One initiative like this could make a difference for a whole generation to look at creativity,” said Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).
“India is a preferred destination for a lot of films and I think the LAIFC will hugely benefit both countries. We could co-create film schools and schools of technology. The mingling and merging of the two cultures is essentially the desire behind a co-production,” added filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth).

Members of the LAIFC governing body comprise powerful film guilds, government organizations, industry experts and leading companies in the areas of visual effects, animation and post production from both Los Angeles and India.  These include Mayor's Office Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; California Film Comission  executive director Amy Lemisch; Film and Television Producers Guild of India (FTPGI)  president and veteran film-maker Ramesh Sippy; Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)  entertainment committee chairman and one of Indian filmdom's most successful film-makers Yash Chopra; National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) managing director Nina Gupta and the MPAA's India office MD Uday Singh.

Major corporate players include Reliance MediaWorks CEO Anil Arjun; Prime Focus  CEO and chairman Namit Malhotra; Technicolor, India  country head Biren Ghose; DQ Entertainment  CEO and chairman Tapaas Chakravati and MovieLabs  president and CEO Steve Weinstein.

Educational institutes are repped by University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts,  Dean Elizabeth Daley; UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television,  Dean Teri Schwartz; Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)  director D. J. Narain and Whistling Woods International CEO and Dean, Ravi Gupta.

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