Premier Kathleen Wynne attended a Bollywood-style event in Mumbai today, where two new agreements were announced that will benefit Ontario’s film sector.
The City of Toronto and the Maharashtra Film Stage and Cultural Development Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on common interests in the creative screen industries, including studio production, post-production, visual effects and interactive/digital media. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) highlighted their collaboration on a boot camp to help Indian filmmakers bring their work to international film festivals.
These new partnerships will enhance the relationship between Ontario and India’s film industries and pave the way for more collaboration between producers, directors and artists from both regions.
- Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, star of such acclaimed films as Bajirao Mastani, attended the signing ceremony in Mumbai. Singh has won many awards for his work, including Star Debut of the Year – Male from the International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2011, the year it was hosted in Toronto.
- Ontario is the number one centre for film and TV production in Canada, and the third-largest film production location in North America, behind California and New York.
- In 2014, the Government of Canada signed an audiovisual co-production agreement with India, making it easier for producers from both countries to make films and TV shows together.