Cannes Film Festival 2022 is a special event for India this year. India is the first ever official Country of Honour at the festival this year.
The Indian delegation was led by India’s Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur and the delegation included A R Rahman, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, R. Madhavan, Tamannah Bhatia, Prasoon Joshi, Mame Khan, among others.
On day 2 of the Film Festival, the Indian delegation inaugurated the Indian pavilion at Cannes. Deepika Padukone, who is a jury member this year was also present for the inauguration.
After the inauguration, the Indian delegation spoke about Indian cinema followed by a speech from India’s I&B minister, Anurag Thakur.
Thakur announced an incentive scheme for international filmmakers who wish to shoot their projects and movies in India. He said, “I’m delighted to announce today in Cannes an incentive scheme for audio-visual co-production & shooting of foreign films in India with a cash incentive of up to 30% with a cap of USD 260,000.”
He added, “In the case of foreign films that will be shot in India, an additional bonus with a cap of USD 65,000 for employing 15% or more manpower in India.”
He also encouraged the international audience present at the inauguration to attend the Annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is held in Goa. “We’ll do whatever we can to make India the content hub of the world & to make India the destination of the world for filmmaking, film production & post-production. I extend an open invitation to all to be part of IFFI Goa 2022,” Anurag Thakur said.
He further spoke about film restoration and said, “We’ve started the world’s largest film restoration project under the National Film Heritage Mission. As part of this drive, 2200 movies across languages will be restored to their former glory.”