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Dr. L Murugan inaugurates India Pavilion at Marché du Film at 76th CIFF in France

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Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L Murugan today inaugurated the India Pavilion at Marché du Film at 76th Cannes International Film Festival in France. He inaugurated the Pavilion in presence of Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of  Information and Broadcasting  Prithul Kumar and stars of the Indian film industry.

The India Pavilion’ at Cannes-2023 showcases country’s rich culture and heritage inspired by Saraswati Yantra and National flag’s colors and country’s creative economy to the world. In his video message on the occasion,

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur said that the ‘Festival de Cannes’ has played an instrumental role in not just promoting our cinematic excellence but also strengthening Indo-French relations.

He emphasized that for the first time this year, the government has sent an official delegation of talented filmmakers from the North Eastern states to the Cannes Film Festival.

Mr Thakur added that with powerful narratives, high-end skill-based content curation and post-production capabilities and co-production treaties with 16 countries, India has emerged as an attractive destination for filmmakers worldwide.

Addressing the gathering after the inauguration of India Pavilion, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting   Dr L  Murugan stated that today India is the world’s largest producer of films with over three thousand films in over 50 languages.

The Minister said, these films carry a message of India’s strength in storytelling across the world. Citing the example of the now famed Elephant Whisperers of Mudumalai, the Minister highlighted that today good content knows no boundaries and we are witnessing an era where Indian content is going local to global.

Dr. Murugan recalled the recent stellar success of Indian movies and movie makers at world stage and added that today it’s difficult to find a movie without an Indian name in its credits for animation. The Minister stated that Indian Media and Entertainment sector is poised to experience an extraordinary growth rate of 11.4 percent in 2023.

He further added that after the Covid pandemic, the gross box office revenues of 2022 in India, have increased almost three times the revenues of 2021 to 1.3 billion US dollars and are expected to touch 3 billion US dollars by 2025.

Dr. Murugan pitched India as an attractive movie destination for foreign films and said that the Government is committed to develop India as a magnet for international movie industry including shooting, co-production, animation and low-cost post-production.

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