Official India Delegation at Cannes


At the India Pavilion, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will be showcasing Indian
cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, with the aim of forging  international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology, and promoting film sales and syndication.

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani , Union Minister for I&B, Govt of India ; Shri Ashok K.R.Parmar, JS. Films, I&B, Govt of India ; Prasoon Joshi , Chairman, Central Board of Film Certifiction ; Ms. Vani Tripathi Tikoo , Actor, Writer, Director, Producer and Member, CBFC

The India Pavilion will be showcasing Indian films at Cannes 2018, hosting topical events and acting as an information point for the Indian film industry. The Pavilion will provide a platform to Indian filmmakers and producers (mainstream and independent) to market films and engage in co-production work.

In addition to B2B Meetings, interactive and networking sessions, the focus will be on Celebrating 50th Anniversary of International Film Festival of India, IFFI, Goa in 2019, policy initiatives of the government related to film sector and ease of filming in India.

Shri Bharat Bala, Film Maker; Shri Shaji N.Karun, Film Maker; Shri Jahnu Barua, Film Maker; Ms. Parvathy, Actor

It provides Indian delegates with an opportunity to create a global footprint for Indian Cinema.

Leena Jaisani Senior Director & Head – Entertainment Division FICCI

Leena Jaisani

FICCI is managing the India Pavilion at Cannes under the aegis of the Ministry of            Information & Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festival, Government of India. The FICCI Entertainment Division has been cheerleading the potential of Indian M&E sector for
the last two decades.


Bobby Bedi

Bobby Bedi is a regular at Cannes for over two decades now. His film Production Company has a track record of world cinema — Bandit Queen, Fire and Maqbool. Bandit Queen, directed by Shekhar Kapur, was part of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 1994. Bobby is at Cannes with new projects for OTT and VoD platforms.

Amita Sarkar, Deputy Director General Confederation of Indian Industry 

Amita Sarkar

For the 17th consecutive year, CII will be coordinating the India participation at the
Cannes Film Market, positioning the Indian Entertainment industry on the global landscape. For the first time, CII will be partnering with Marche for opening cocktail for Producers
Network on May 9. Visit CII Booth at the Palais (24.01).

Avtar Panesar Vice President – International Operations

Avtar Panesar

Yash Raj Films (YRF) will be represented by Avtar Panesar at Cannes. He will be at the festival for a short time. and three of YRF’s films in pipeline for 2018 include Sandeep &
Pinky Faraar (August), Sui Dhaaga – Made in India (September) and this years’ blockbuster on the anvil Thugs of Hindostan (November).

Rohit Sharma Head of Int’l Sales & Distribution; Kanika Vasudeva VP – Int’l Sales &  Distribution Fox Star Studios India

Kanika Vasudeva; Rohit Sharma

With over half-a-dozen films ready for release, market veterans Rohit and Kanika will be pitching their forthcoming releases to buyers. The slate includes Sanju (June 29), Drive (Sep 7), Ek Ladki Ko Dekha to Aisa laga (Oct 12), Student of the Year 2 (Nov 23),
Total Dhamaal (Dec 7).

Narayanan Ramaswamy Producer, MD Thenandal Studios Ltd

Narayanan Ramaswamy

TSL has a slate of dozen films in production for release in the next 12 to 18 months.
TSL’s Sangamithra (directed by Sundar C) which was launched at Cannes last year will be greenlighted in July 2018. TSL is at Cannes with its new romantic thriller Iravaakaalam
(directed by Ashwin Saravanan). Narayanan Ramaswamy is part of this years’ Producers Network.

Gayatri Gulati VP International Sales Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Gayatri Gulati

It is India’s finest fully integrated motion pictures studio that has emerged as a force to reckon with by delivering a stream of critically and commercially successful films. Gayatri Gulati is at Cannes with half-a-dozen films for sales and syndication including Manto (by Nandita Das) and new Marathi films in addition to their library catalogue.

Kamal Gianchandani, President; Deepak SHARMA, COO

Deepak Sharma, Kamal Gianchandani

PVR Pictures Limited is the largest independent studio for the distribution of Hollywood films in India. The PVR team is at Cannes to acquire all rights for Hollywood films and other language films for India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan.

Rima Das Producer, Director Fling River Films

 Rima Das

Rima Das’s Assamese- language Village Rockstars is the Best Indian Film (2017) bagging
the National Film Awards. It was selected for the Discovery section, IFFI and several fests. Village Rockstars features amateur child actors from Das’native Chhaygaon village,
where it is set, the film tells the story of a poor but spirited girl who aspires to buy a guitar and make music. Rima is at Cannes with new projects.

Manish Dutt, MD, VR Films & Studios; Krishi Dutt, Jt MD 

Krish Dutt, Manish Dutt

VR Films & Studios is a seasoned buyer and distributor of foreign language films in India.
Manish and Krishi run India’s biggest dubbing factory and manage over 900 artistes who
lend their voices in several languages. Even after clocking 50,000 hours of dubbing and witnessing 80 percent year-on-year growth, Manish’s VR Films is hungry for more.

Sanjay Jumani Buyer , Sunstone Entertainment 

Sanjay Jumani

Sunstone Entertainment is India’s leading motion picture distribution, production & joint
ventures company in Bollywood doing business for over 45 years now. It has been acquiring rights of Hollywood Movies for India & supplying Bollywood to rest of the
world for the last over three decades. Sanjay is a Cannes veteran and has a deep insight on Indian films in the overseas market.

Ridhima Lulla Chief Content Officer, Eros Now; Kumar AHUJA President – Business
Development, Eros Int’l

Ridhima Lulla, Kumar Ahuja

Eros Now is Eros International Plc’s On-Demand South Asian Entertainment Video Service accessible worldwide to viewers across internet enabled devices. With more than 10,000 movie titles, it caters to 80 million registered users and 5 million paying subscribers

Qaushik Mukherjee, Director ODDJOINT

Qaushik Mukherjee

Q’s production house Oddjoint has produced several films that crossed boundaries and got it into the forefront of an independent movement. It is now positioned as a fiercely independent art platform, with Céline Loop and Q at the helm of affairs. Q has built his career around demolishing established creative shibboleths with his transgressive and subversive brand of filmmaking. He is at Cannes with his new film Garbage (which was premiered at Berlinale 2018).

Bhuvan Lall, Chairman, Lall Entertainment Cannes veteran and award winning Filmmaker & Writer

Bhuvan Lall

Bhuvan Lall launched LALL Entertainment in 2003. His vision is to create Global content
with an Indian soul. Our mission is focused on strategic investments in world class intellectual properties. He is now producing -The Man India Missed the Most – Subhas Chandra Bose based on a book by Bhuvan.

Leena Manimekalai, Writer, Director, Producer, Dream Warrior Pictures

Leena Manimekalai

With film production experience in a variety of genre in both Tamil and Telugu Film Industry, Dream Warrior Picture endeavor to produce movies that are of critical entertainment value. Dream Warrior’s film Joker (2016) won Indian National Award for Best Feature Film and recent film Aruvi (2017) was critically acclaimed. Leena is at Cannes with a special project.


Ashish Saksena

An industry veteran, Ashish Saksena manages Book My Show which helps connect Film Producers, Distributors and Exhibitors by providing a one-stop destination for all the entertainment ticketing needs for movies and live events- anytime, anywhere. The company is now venturing into the space of Content acquisition for Videos and in Music.
This flagship brand of Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. has a presence in over 300 cities & towns across India.

Mukesh Ratilal Mehta, Producer, CEO, E4Experiments

Mukesh Ratilal Mehta

Mukesh Ratilal Mehta, the founder of E4E brand, is in the film Industry for almost 35 years now. Mukesh is a member of Producers Network 2018 at Cannes. He will be screening his successful and critically acclaimed Malayalam film Sudani From Nigeria at Cannes Film Market on May 15. He is known for launching new talent and his mission is to take Malayalam films to the World.


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