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International co-production enhances the film industry success

The most common type of international film industry cooperation is coproduction. The term generally refers to films whose production companies are from at least two different countries.

Other common ways of cooperating internationally are distribution, film festivals and educational cooperation, artistic production, post-production as well as manuscript development. Festivals were generally seen as a way to access international markets, as well as good networking opportunities and a good way to expose local audience to foreign films. Many times international cooperation projects encompass more than one type of cooperation. Nevertheless, international coproduction shouldn't be a goal in itself, but be due to project's needs.

International co-production brings many advantages:

  • Access to bigger and new markets
  • Ability to pool financial resources
  • Access to the partner government's incentives and subsidies
  • Increase in the quality of production
  • Access to specialized skills or equipment
  • Opportunity to learn from the partner and network
  • Access to a desired location
  • Access to less expensive inputs
  • Cultural benefits, e.g. promoting one's country

Read more about international coproduction.

Download co-production treaty agreements between Republic of India and other countries.

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