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  The LA India Film Council partnered with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) annual media convention (FRAMES) in Mumbai this year to organize a series of panel discussions focusing on industry growth drivers. Prominent representatives of the local and international film industry shared best practices and the need for growth to support international productions, entertainment industry start-ups and creating sustainable business models for cinema.

LA India Film Council, established in 2010 has since supported various industry knowledge forums in addition to releasing two reports on the benefits of a 'single window clearance system' for film shooting and 'film incentives'.

Prominent speakers at the panel discussions included: Rakesh Kumar, CEO - CBFC, Frank Rittman, SVP & Deputy MD - Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific, Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD - The Walt Disney Company, India, Sanjay Gupta, COO - Star India, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO - Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., Vijay Singh, CEO - Fox Star Studios, India, Monica Tata, MD - HBO, Benoit Ginistry, Director General - FIAPF and Dr. G.R. Raghavender - Registrar of Copyrights, Government of India.


Note:1. All estimates in the above infographic are represented in crores of Indian Rupees (INR Cr.), except employment, which are stated in lacs of people(1 Cr = 10 million ; 10 lac = 1 million)

2. Estimates above pertain to FY2013 i.e. the year ended 31 March 2013

  Global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $35.9 billion in 2013, up 4% over 2012's total. The increase was driven by international box office ($25.0 billion), up 5% from 2012, with growth in all geographic regions. International box office in U.S. dollars is up 33% over five years ago.     California Sees $5.49 Billion in Economic Activity From $700 Million in Production Tax Credits  
California's film-TV production tax credit program has yielded $5.49 billion in total direct spending from $700 million in credits since 2009, a new report shows.

      New Incentives Bring Filmmakers to Louisiana  
      Chris Stelly, Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, announced that he has certified nearly $810 million in funds to support filmmaking in Louisiana.

      California Film and TV Tax Incentive Bill Passes State Assembly  
    India, Canada Sign
Co-Production Treaty
    With no dollar amount attached, it passes another hurdle -- next going on to face increased scrutiny in the state senate and then to the governor.


    The treaty is expected to open India to Canadian filmmakers, while benefitting Indian producers with some of Canada's financial assistance and tax concessions.    


1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

2. Cleopatra

3. Titanic

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

5. Avatar

6. Enthiran

7. Ra.One

8. Blue


  Big B, Abhay to Star in First India-China Co-Production     Cannes: Netherlands Film Fund Unveils 30 Percent Rebate Scheme  
    India is waiting to sign an audio-visual co-production treaty with China which is expected to open up business and commerce between the two neighbouring countries. As part of this initiative, Light House Productions Pvt. Ltd., a global production company, is gearing up to flag off the first Indo-Chinese production Gold Struck. And, from what we hear Amitabh Bachchan and Abhay Deol could feature in the film.


The Netherlands Film Fund unveiled details of its new 30 percent tax rebate scheme, which kicks off this summer and will provide some $27 million (€20 million) annually in cash rebates for local and international productions that shoot in the region.


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