Treaties: Brazil, Germany, Italy, U.K.
Recent projects: Still to be finalized

India has galvanized its co-production efforts by signing treaties in recent years, starting with an agreement with Italy in 2003, followed by Germany and Brazil last year, and the latest being with the U.K. in late October. The primary objective of these treaties is to offer incentives to producers in the form of tax breaks, funding, logistical and other support in film, television, animation and postproduction.

Since the treaties are relatively new, projects utilizing these advantages are still to be confirmed, though there have been reports of possible projects from Italy and Germany.

Meanwhile, India is also in discussions to ink treaties with other countries such as France, Canada and China.

Indian producers are regularly courted by international film commissions to shoot in overseas locations, especially perennial favorites like the U.K. and Switzerland. However, co-production treaties -- such as with the U.K. -- should offer more opportunities for projects eyeing a wider audience to match their globetrotting shoots.

"International co-productions need to be assessed on various factors related to a project such as language, primary target audience and which producing partner stands to benefit more from the treaty," says Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures. "As of now, we haven't yet looked at projects related to countries with which India has signed treaties. But yes, producers from these countries will now probably look at India more seriously."

When announcing the India-U.K. film treaty, U.K. government minister of culture Barbara Follett said: "Any Indian filmmaker who wants to collaborate with a British producer will find it more financially worthwhile. We can also offer a mature production infrastructure and share expertise between the two countries' film industries."

-- Nyay Bhushan

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