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India Shines Bright at 77th Cannes Film Festival with Vibrant Showcase

New Delhi: As the curtains rise on the esteemed 77th Cannes Film Festival, India takes center stage in a momentous year, ready to dazzle audiences with its cinematic prowess. An Indian Delegation comprising representatives from the Government of India, State Governments, and industry stalwarts, the country is set to showcase its vibrant creative economy at the world’s leading film market, Marche du Films, through a series of groundbreaking initiatives.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the inaugural “Bharat Parv,” a prestigious gathering hosted by India to welcome eminent dignitaries and delegates from around the globe participating in the Cannes Film Festival. This unique platform aims to foster engagement between international luminaries and India’s illustrious film fraternity, including celebrities, filmmakers, directors, producers, buyers, and sales agents. At the Bharat Parv, the official poster and trailer of the 55th India International Film Festival (IFFI), scheduled for November 20-28, 2024, in Goa, will be unveiled, alongside the announcement of the “Save the Date” for the inaugural World Audio-Visual & Entertainment Summit (WAVES), to be held alongside the IFFI.

The vibrant festivities continue at the Bharat Pavilion, situated at 108 Village International Riviera, inaugurated on May 15 amidst the presence of distinguished film personalities. Serving as a hub for Indian cinema, the Bharat Pavilion offers a dynamic platform for industry players to engage in a myriad of activities, including production collaborations, knowledge sessions, distribution deals, and networking opportunities with global entertainment leaders. Organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the Pavilion aims to catalyze growth and innovation within the Indian film industry.

Central to India’s presence at Cannes are the cinematic gems competing for prestigious accolades. Payal Kapadia’s “All We Imagine As Light” graces the Competition section, vying for the coveted Palme d’Or, marking a significant milestone after three decades. Joining the lineup are poignant narratives such as Sandhya Suri’s “Santosh” in Un Certain Regard, Karan Kandhari’s “Sister Midnight” in Directors’ Fortnight, and Maisam Ali’s “In Retreat” in L’Acid, enriching the festival’s diverse cinematic tapestry.

In a testament to India’s rich cinematic heritage, Shyam Benegal’s “Manthan,” focusing on the Amul dairy cooperative movement, takes center stage in the Classics section. Restored by the Film Heritage Foundation (FHM) from reels preserved in the NFDC-National Film Archive of India (NFAI), the film symbolizes India’s enduring cinematic legacy.

The festival also celebrates the achievements of luminaries such as National Award-winning cinematographer Santosh Sivan, who receives the prestigious Pierre Angenieux tribute and delivers a masterclass, marking a historic moment for Indian cinema.

Moreover, interactive sessions at the Bharat Pavilion offer insights into India’s burgeoning film industry, exploring incentives for production, international collaboration, and India’s appeal as a filming destination. With participation from various Indian states, including Goa, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Delhi, the festival promises a vibrant celebration of India’s cinematic heritage and creative potential.

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