71st Cannes Film Festival is going on and to promote the push of country's local films and further collaborations with other nations many celebs and minister were present. But, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani skipped the event.
Yesterday, the inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion was held in Cannes which is hosted by actor Sharad Kelkar. In the event, France Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; writer, poet and Censor Board Chairperson Prasoon Joshi, Censor Board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival (Cannes Film Market), actress Huma Qureshi and filmmakers Shaji N. Karun, Jahnu Barua and Bharat Bala all were present.
To keep the agenda of diversity in films in India forward Paillard said in a statement,"The Indian pavilion is a very important tool to help to connect the worldwide European and worldwide community of films."
Tikoo also said about Indo-French cinema collaboration, "It is a fantastic relationship we have had, both with the Cannes Film Festival and the French film industry. In recent times, films like 'Tamasha' and 'Befikre' were shot extensively in this part of the world and found great resonance with the narrative and storytelling between the two countries."
However, on the inaugural address, Joshi said, "I am happy that the National Awards this year and the Ministry have taken special efforts in showcasing the regional cinema at such a platform. We should also reach out to young filmmakers who might not have access to a festival like this." "Let's create many mini Cannes Film Festivals all around the world to help more and more filmmakers," he added.
This year Cannes Film Festival started from 8 May and will end on 19 May.
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