India, Poland Sign Co-Production Treaty

After an Indian film festival last year featured Polish films like "Made in Poland," the agreement adds to the list of countries that have co-production arrangements with India, including Italy, the U.K., Germany, Brazil, France and New Zealand.

NEW DELHI - India and Poland have signed a five-year film co-production treaty to promote ties between the two countries.

According to the New Delhi-based Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the agreement was signed by India's Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski in Warsaw.

The agreement establishes a legal framework for relations regarding audio-visual co-productions, especially films, including animation and documentary films.

Among the issues agreed upon, the treaty specifies the extent of financial contributions by co-producers (usually between 20 percent-80 percent), the need for both partners to make effective contributions, modalities of sharing honors and awards and exporting final films, which are to be treated as national films in both countries.

The agreement also covers laboratory processing activities and facilitates movement of film equipment and associated infrastructure required for co-productions. The deal also allows producers, screenwriters, directors, technicians, actors and other specified personnel to enter and briefly stay in the partner country.

With a long history of cinema in both countries, the treaty will also promote platforms such as the International Film Festival of India, held annually in Goa. Last year's IFFI included a special Spotlight on Poland package of films featuring titles such as Made in Poland, The Winner and My Name is Ki.

Poland is the latest country with which India has signed a co-production treaty. Other countries included Italy, the U.K., Germany, Brazil, France and New Zealand.