Bollywood and Taiwanese Filmmakers Sign MOU for Productions in Taipei City
Bollywood and Taiwanese Filmmakers Sign MOU for Productions in Taipei City - Taipei Film Commission
In an attempt to explore the potentials of India's film and tourism industries, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je paid a visit to India in April this year and announced his intention to support collaborative film productions between Indian and Taiwanese filmmakers, and thereby stimulate growth of the tourism industry. He also offered one million U.S. dollars of incentive to attract producers of Bollywood and multi-lingual films from India to make films in Taipei City. More than three months later, a delegation comprising filmmakers from Bollywood and southern India visited Taipei in response to Ko's friendly invitation. To welcome the visitors, Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism, Department of Cultural Affairs and Taipei Film Commission held a "Fun Taipei Welcome Party" yesterday (the 26th) afternoon at Taipei Zhongshan Hall. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Taiwanese and Indian filmmakers as a gesture of hope to future collaborations between them.
Bollywood and Taiwanese filmmakers signed MOU for filming in Taipei City
Indian filmmakers look forward to presenting the sceneries and people of Taipei onto the big screen
This group of Bollywood delegation consisted mostly of film producers, directors and distributors, including Sainath Shravanthi, who played Pi's girlfriend Anandi in Ang Lee's Life of Pi, her producer husband, director M. Manikandan of The Crow’s Egg, and producer/director Alam Sarwar.
Meanwhile, valued guests including Commissioner Chien Yu-yen of Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Deputy Director Christa Chen of Taipei Film Festival, Director General Sridharan Madhusudhanan and Deputy Director General Sandeep Jakhar of India-Taipei Association, Chairman Chiu Shun-ching of Motion Picture Studios Association of Taiwan, CEO Ray Chang of Taiwan Film-related Creative Industries Association, Chairwoman Apple Yang of Taipei Film and Drama Union, Chairman Wang Wei-chiang of Media Content Production Industry Association, R.O.C., and Chairman Lin Tien-kuei of Chinese Society of Cinematographers were also present at the party.
Group photo of Taiwanese and Indian filmmakers
Commissioner Chien Yu-yen of Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism said that a strong connection exists between Indian and Taiwanese filmmakers. India is one of the most populated country in the world, but only 30,000 of them visit Taiwan each year. Hopefully the film and tourism industries of both nations may benefit from this event, and engage each other in more active exchange of knowledge. Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Cultural Affairs said that the Indian culture has been well-accepted by the Taiwanese people, from curry, films, to yoga. Taipei is one of most ideal places to make films, and the city has a well-experienced Taipei Film Commission to give Indian production teams the best assistance.
Commissioner Chien Yu-yen of Information and Tourism
Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs
Director General Sridharan Madhusudhanan of India-Taipei Association said that each Indian film is viewed by an average of 100 million to 400 million people, and statistics have indicated that viewers are interested in traveling to the locations they see on films, which is reflected in actual visitor count. This makes Indian films an attractive investment, and hopefully the two nations may create history through this collaboration.
Director General Sridharan Madhusudhanan of India-Taipei Association