Indian filmmakers in Cannes discuss money but not quality
India's independent filmmakers are joining forces at 61st Cannes 2008 despite the fact that this is, arguably, the worst year for Indian cinema at Cannes. Indian films in each category are conspicuous by their absence. Those who are gaga about their screenings are actually hiring facilities privately and beating their trumpets: "our film was screened at Cannes!", writes Dominique Pedro.
Indian Independent Filmmakers Worldwide will be organising a number of discussions from May 18- May 21, 2008 at India Pavilion, Village International, Cannes. And, all events are free.
Looking at their programme one notices the sheer insensitivity to the real issue: why Indian cinema is failing to find slots in the competitive sections of various international festivals. Whether you take India's independent producers or the corporate world of Mumbai, they all seem to be interested in only 'business', 'collaborations' and 'markets'. The real introspection about the quality of cinema is yet to start. Read the full story on India EU Film Initiative (www.iefilmi.com).