U.K., India film groups strengthen ties


NEW DELHI -- Film London and the Film & Television Producers Guild of India have inked a deal to further promote film ties between London and Mumbai.

The agreement was signed Wednesday in Mumbai by Film London chairman Sandy Lieberson and FTPGI president Ronnie Screwvala. With this agreement, both bodies aim "to primarily work together to share ideas and best practice on domestic and international film production and promotion," according to a joint statement.

Film London will produce guidelines for Indian filmmakers coming to London on how best to produce their projects, and FTPGI will reciprocate.

More than 40 Indian films were shot in the U.K. capital in 2006, according to Film London, including such recent hits as "Namastey London" (Hello London). Film London estimates that Indian productions generate between £3 million-£5 million ($6 million-$10.3 million) in London annually.

The agreement, which will be reviewed annually, also aims to support environmentally sustainable film production initiatives.

Meanwhile, an Indo-U.K. film treaty is in the works and expected to be finalized by next year.