As of November 01, 2011, a Decree issued by the Brazilian government promulgating the agreement reached with the government of India for co-production of audiovisual works is valid and in force. The pact was signed by both countries on June 04, 2007 at New Delhi. Shri P. R. Dasmunsi, Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs signed on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Celso Amorim, Minister of External Relations, on behalf of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Brazil has been actively working on international co-productions, holding valid agreements with Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Venezuela and Colombia. Brazil is also signatory to a number of multilateral treaties, such as the Iberian-American Cinema and Integration Treaty and the Latin American Film Co-Production Agreement, which include the participation of Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
This agreement, particularly, will allow producers from both countries to pool their resources to co-produce film and television programs. While Brazil will appear as a popular shooting location, the Indian government is hopeful that Brazilian filmmakers will also use Indian locations, thereby spreading awareness about the country. Brazilian companies also will be able to work with Indian companies to outsource work in different spheres of film production, including special effects, graphics and animation work.
Just as an example, one of the biggest Bollywood hits of the previous years – “Dhoom 2” – captured images of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, making it the first Hindi film to be shot here. Now that the deal has been formally promulgated by the Brazilian Government, both parties expect to increase the number of films produced through the cooperation of both countries.
That’s all for today. Stay tuned.