Australia India Business Council (AIBC) NSW has launched a new Chapter that will focus on fostering closer ties between Australia and India in the area of media, arts and entertainment.
The launch took place at the MLC Centre in Sydney on the 17th of September and invited guests included media practitioners, industry executives and key AIBC members.
The purpose of the launch event was to introduce the Media & Entertainment Chapter vision and to start a conversation about further developing cultural and creative relationships between Australia and India.
The chair of this new chapter Ana Tiwary (inDiVisual films) introduced the new committee that includes Sonia Gandhi (Gandhi Creations), Nicholas Brown (actor/writer), Kartik Mohandas (Zee TV), Barbara Harvey (Aardvark Casting) and AIBC’s Vice Chair Sheba Nandkeolyar (Multicall Connexions).
Sheba states, “ It is a real honour and privilege to serve on this chapter with such a dynamic, professional and committed team.”
The event was sponsored and hosted by Holding Redlich. Sonia Borella, partner at the law firm, said “We support the aims of the Media & Entertainment Chapter to forge strategic links and develop business connections between Australian and Indian government and industry bodies, companies and practitioners operating in the areas of media and entertainment.” Sonia added “In the case of film and television, I think that an Australia – India official international co-production treaty (which is currently being negotiated) is an important part of achieving the aims of the Media & Entertainment Chapter”.
Chapter Chair, Ana Tiwary along with Keynote Speaker Martin Brown (Producer, Moulin Rouge) also spoke about the importance of the Australia India Co-production Treaty to be signed by both countries.
Martin Brown explained, “Film co-production treaties are government-to-government agreements that enable a film to be structured so that it officially qualifies as a film of both countries. This allows the film to receive statutory incentives (tax breaks and grants funding) from both countries… We produce about thirty feature films a year and India produces about a thousand! We might be a bit slow here in Australia but this may explain why we are starting to turn our attention to India and realizing the huge potential that exists between our countries.”
Mitu Bhowmick-Lange (MD, Mind Blowing Films), a special guest at the vent also addressed the gathering.
Mitu spoke about her journey over the years, bringing Indian films and talent to Australia. She concluded by saying that the new chapter had an important role to play in engaging with government and advocating for better arts and media policy.
The Media & Entertainment Chapter was officially launched by Trade Promotions Officer of the Indian Consul General of Sydney, Rao Palagummi, who congratulated AIBC on this new endeavor.
The proceedings were followed by networking drinks and a live Bollywood spectacular from rising star Priyanka Pripri and Nicholas Brown.
Committee members of the Media & Entertainment chapter have professional mainstream media, arts & entertainment industry experience, with talent and expertise.
Main activities of the Media & Entertainment Chapter being planned include media/entertainment networking events, special screenings, trade delegations, talks/workshops for creative practitioners, investors and businesses in cross-cultural screen content production. Assistance with bilateral production enquiries, movie meet ups, forum on co-productions and special film screenings with forums, Q&As and networking drinks.
Anyone or organisation wishing to involved with the AIBC Media & Entertainment Chapter, can contact AIBC Vice Chair Sheba Nandkeolyar via email firstname.lastname@example.org