U.K. export delegation heads to Mumbai

Taking film projects which require Indian input

LONDON -- India should brace itself for another British invasion -- looking to build projects and business opportunities rather than an empire on the subcontinent over the next few months.

India is a hotspot for potential following the success of "Slumdog Millionaire" and is likely to benefit from the recently signed co-production treaty, which is now in place for movies between the U.K. and Indian industry reps.

The U.K. Film Council, supported by U.K. Trade and Investment (UKTI) is taking the first ever U.K. export delegation to Mumbai on the back of such potential to the Frames Entertainment Conference, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The export delegation of U.K. sales, production, facilities and service companies is traveling to Mumbai to develop partnerships with Indian production, service and facilities companies.

Companies making the trip include Assassin Films, Atlantic Film Group, Blueprint Pictures, Dan Films, Europa Cinemas, Hanway Films, Headline Pictures, Olsberg SPI, Origin Pictures and Prescience Film Finance.

All have "projects and commercial interests" which require Indian creative and business input.

Frames brings 1,800 Indian and 800 foreign delegates from across the media and entertainment industries together in Mumbai over three days. It runs Feb. 16 through 19.

U.K. Film Council senior executive for export development Sarah McKenzie said: "The export delegation to India should help more U.K. businesses develop closer links with India, a market which is expanding all the time."