Filming Opportunities Press Release

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  • The Commonwealth Society of India (CSOI) on March 9th 2015 organised a panel discussion on “Filming Opportunities through the Commonwealth to observe the Commonwealth Day.
     

    Members of the distinguished panel comprised award-winning filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda (who made I Am Kalam), CSOI Chairperson and actress Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Appleton and Maltese High Commissioner John Aquilina.
     

    This event showcased opportunities filmmakers in India have to shoot in other Commonwealth nations and collaborate with members of the film fraternity there.
     

    “Some of the world’s best known filming locations can be found in Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand, Malta and a range of Caribbean countries,” said Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Appleton. Many Indian films have been shot in New Zealand. India and New Zealand signed a filming co-production agreement in 2011 to reinforce links. The first film under this agreement – Beyond the Known World directed by Pan Nalin – is currently in production.
     

    A short promotional film featuring actor Imran Khan and actress Sonam Kapoor, from their shooting stint in New Zealand for the film I Hate Luv Storys, was also screened at the event.
     

    Malta, which will host this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, was the other country showcased at the event. “Malta offers some of the most spectacular sites in the Mediterranean. We invite filmmakers from India to come to Malta to benefit from the beauty of our country,” says Maltese High Commissioner John Aquilina. He also spoke of possibilities of working in Malta with reference to 2015 being the 50th year of the India-Malta diplomatic relationship.
     

    Nila Madhab Panda, award-winning film director, went on to share his views on what constitutes and ideal co-production and detailed the current projects he is involved with. “Co-productions do not merely mean funding opportunities. They are also platforms for thought and content enrichment,” he said.
     

    At the event, Shivani Wazir Pasrich and Michael Appleton read out the message given by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Andrew Soper, Minister-Counsellor of the British High Commission, announced the themes for the 2015 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. The evening concluded with a screening of the ‘I am the Tiger’ film by SWP Production highlighting how a an informal co-production works
     

    The event was attended by D. Theophylactou, High Commissioner of Cyprus, former Secretary Tourism, Government of India, Mr. Parvez Dewan, lawyer and polo player Amir Singh Pasrich, artist Gopi Gagwani, along with several members of the diplomatic community.
     


  • 2000 people got together at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Observance Day with the Queen in London. In New Delhi the New Zealand High Commission and the Commonwealth Society of India hosted an event to mark this occasion.
     

    The Queen’s message was read by Mr. Michael Appleton. Acting High Commissioner New Zealand High Commission and Chairperson of the Commonwealth Society of India, Mrs. Shivani Wazir Pasrich.
     

    Mr. Andrew Soper, Minister-Counsellor of the British High Commission announced the theme of a Young Commonwealth for the Queen’s Essay Competition.
     

    Clips of Sonam Kapoor and Irfan Khan shooting in New Zealand were shown and the opportunities to shoot in New Zealand with special focus on the India-New Zealand co-production agreement on filming opportunities was explained. The panel discussion on filming opportunities through the Commonwealth then continued with His Excellency John Aquilina the High Commissioner of Malta. He spoke of possibilities of working in Malta with reference to 2015 being the 50 year celebration of India-Malta diplomatic relationship.
     

    Nila Madhab Panda, award winning film director went on to share how he is currently working on a production. Co-productions do not mean funding opportunities only they are platforms for thought and content enrichment.
     

    The evening concluded with a screening of the ‘I am the Tiger’ film by SWP Production highlighting how a an informal co-production works
     

    The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. D. Theophylactou, High Commissioner of Cyprus, former Secretary Tourism, Government of India, Mr. Parvez Dewan; Lawyer and Polo Player Amir Singh Pasrich; Artist Gopi Gagwani along with several members of the diplomatic community.
     


  • Press Release
    March 6

     

    New Zealand High Commission & Commonwealth Society of India to host a panel discussion on
    ‘Filming opportunities through the Commonwealth’ on March 9

     

    Filmmaking opportunities in Commonwealth countries will be the centrepiece of a panel discussion at the New Zealand High Commission on Monday, March 9 at 7pm. The event is being co-hosted with the Commonwealth Society of India (CSOI). Members of the distinguished panel comprise award-winning filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda (who made I Am Kalam), CSOI Chairperson and actress Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Appleton and Maltese High Commissioner John Aquilina.  
     

    This event will showcase opportunities filmmakers in India have to shoot in other Commonwealth nations and collaborate with members of the film fraternity there. “Some of the world’s best known filming locations can be found in Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand, Malta and a range of Caribbean countries,” says Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Appleton. “Many Indian films, including well known Bollywood films, have been shot in New Zealand and our wonderful landscapes complement very well the beauty of Indian films.” India and New Zealand signed a filming co-production agreement in 2011 to reinforce these links. The first film under this agreement – Beyond the Known World directed by Pan Nalin – is currently in production. 
     

    A short promotional film featuring actor Imran Khan and actress Sonam Kapoor, from their shooting stint in New Zealand for I Hate Luv Storys, will be screened at the event. 
     

    Malta, which will host this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, has also emerged as another favourite filming venue for Indian filmmakers. “Malta offers some of the most spectacular sites in the Mediterranean. We invite filmmakers from India to come to Malta to benefit from the beauty of our country,” says Maltese High Commissioner John Aquilina.
     

    The panel discussion is being held on March 9 to mark Commonwealth Observance Day. A special message from the Queen will be read out at the event and this year’s Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition will also be officially announced. “The Commonwealth represents a global forum that is vibrant and dynamic and films can help strengthen ties between the member countries,” CSOI Chairperson Shivani Wazir Pasrich says.
     

    CSOI has hosted a series of discussions highlighting the opportunities that may be accessed through the Commonwealth in India. In 2014, the Observance Day was celebrated with a talk on ‘Opportunities in Education, Sport, Culture and Business’, while avenues for the youth was discussed at a more recent event. 
     

    For more details, contact Policy Advisor at New Zealand High Commission Debarshi Dasgupta on +91-9891721658.