Friday, January 28, 2022

BRICS Film Technology Symposium to open avenues for cooperation and growth in film business: I&B Minister Anurag Thakur

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur today said that India is a pivotal power in Asia and as member of the BRICS consortium, it would like to play a crucial role to strengthen ties among the member countries. He said, organising the first ever BRICS Film Technology Symposium is a step in this direction to bring the people from all member states together. Addressing the virtual inauguration of BRICS Film Technology Symposium, organized by FICCI, jointly with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and FTII, Mr. Thakur said, through the medium of films, art and culture India has also open avenues for cooperation which will be supporting development and growth in the film business.

He said, India takes pride in organising first ever BRICS Film Technology Symposium as a part of the special event planned in the run-up to BRICS summit to be held in India. The Minister said, under the chairmanship of India, we aim to promote institution building to further deepen, sustain and institutionalise BRICS cooperation. He said, it is important to win the hearts and minds of the people from all BRICS nations and a film symposium is an event which brings together one and all through the medium of cinema technology.

Mr Thakur said, the idea of celebrating excellence in film technology by the BRICS nation in India was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during 11th BRICS summit held in Brazil. He said, the focus of the BRICS Film Technology symposium is to acknowledge the service sector and technicians working for the film industry. He expressed confidence that the symposium will create opportunities for the working professionals in the field of film technology of all BRICS nations to explore the world of cinema with a new perspective and vision.

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra said, this symposium is an ideal platform to celebrate the multicultural diversity of people across the globe. He said, the symposium intends to form partnerships and provide platform for technological companies and organizations promoting films and bring the film community together for better communication, cooperation and collaboration.

Mr Chandra said, BRICS countries are significant players in the field of VFX animation, computer generated imagery and media outsourcing. He said, there is a great potential for collaborating with each other to enhance the technology in film production and cinematic experiences for the world of entertainment. Mr Chandra said, the BRICS Film Festival which will be organising along with the 52nd International Film Festival of India will provide another opportunity to interact and share the best of our Cinemas.

Special Secretary for Culture of Brazil Mario Frias said, it is important that we keep working to promote the cooperation of the BRCIS members helping the cultural sector doing the recovery. He said, these actions will help to mitigate the fact that restrictive measures have had on the cultural economy. Mr Frias said, the relevance of audio-visual cooperation between BRICS countries is one of the possibilities of market exploration and cultural diffusion.

The event is spread over two days with sessions conducted by eminent speakers from all the BRICS countries. A virtual exhibition is being held as well. Ten stalls for the virtual exhibition are also being set up, including participation from South Africa, China and Russia.

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