India will be the Official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the Cannes Film Festival in France. The festival will be organised from May 17. This was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesda. He said that France and India are marking 75 years of their diplomatic ties and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Paris and meeting with President Macron takes even more significance in this context. Thakur said that it is in this significant diplomatic backdrop that India has been chosen as the ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche’ Du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. He said, this is for the first time that such honour is being bestowed to any country.
The Minister further added that the Country of Honour Status to India thereby ensures India’s presence as Focus Country at the Opening Night of Marche Du Films being organised at the Majestic Beach.Thakur also said that India is also a Country of Honour at the Cannes Next, under which five new Start-Ups would be given an opportunity to pitch to the Audio-Visual Industry. Ten professionals will participate on the Animation Day networking. Another highlight of the India’s participation would be the World Premiere of the Movie “Rocketry” Produced by R. Madhavan. The movie would be showcased in the Palais K. of the market Screening on May 19. India has been given an opportunity to pitch five selected movies at the “Goes to Cannes Section”. These movies are part of the WIP lab under the Film Bazaar. A Cinema Hall called the Olympia Screen has been dedicated to India on 22nd of May for screening of Unreleased Movies. There are five Movies which have been selected under this category.