Aamir Khan, with his wife filmmaker Kiran Rao, at the Berlin International Film Festival Enlarge image Aamir Khan, with his wife filmmaker Kiran Rao, at the Berlin International Film Festival (© picture-alliance / Sven Simon)

Mumbai, the „Heart of Bollywood“ is undisputably one of  the most significant places in the South-East Asian region for films. Several studios and production houses are based in Mumbai. With films like “Stars on Earth”, “My Name is Khan” and the Oscar-winner “Slumdog Millionaire”, the Indian actors and directors are approaching the global audience with a renewed confidence. Bollywood is celebrating the discovery of this global audience, which values its body of work as an asset.

India is the 7th non-European Nation with which the Federal Republic of Germany has signed a film agreement in 2007 according to which, films will be jointly produced by German and Indian producers. The Indo-German prodctions can subsequently utilize the funding programmes made available to them in the film industry in both the countries.

12th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

13. Indisches Film Festival Stuttgart, 20.-24. Juli 2016

Das 13. Indische Film Festival Stuttgart des Filmbüros Baden-Württemberg findet vom 20.-24. Juli im Metropol Kino in Stuttgart statt.

Teil des Festivals sind neben Spielfilmen u.a. Dokumentarfilme und Kurzfilme. Das Festival wird begleitet von einem umfangreichen Rahmenprogramm, wie die täglich stattfindenden 'Tea Talks' und Expertenpanels zu politischen, sozialen, und Umweltthemen mit Indienbezug.

Dieses Jahr steht besonders die  Neudefinition der Rolle der Frau in der indischen Gesellschaft im Vordergund. Das Festival wird durch Leena Yadavs Drama ‚Die Zeit der Frauen (Parched)’ eröffnet.

2015 gewann der Film “Court” den German Star of India Award in der Kategorie Feature Film. Bei den Kurzfilmen gewann "Safar (Journey)"; bei den Dokumentarfilmen wurde "Newborns" ausgezeichnet. 

Dieses Jahr werden bereits zum 13. Mal großartige indische Filme durch das Filmbüro Baden-Wuerttemberg, welches das Festival ins Leben rief, in Stuttgart gezeigt. Der diesjährige Termin ist der 20. bis 24. Juli. Gesponsort wird das Festival u.a. durch Lapp Kabel, die Robert Bosch Stiftung und Andreas Lapp, den indischen Honorarkonsul.

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Film Festivals in Mumbai, Pune und Goa

Berlinale 2011 Enlarge image Berlinale 2011 (© dpa)

The significance of the film industry is reflected in the international film festivals, which as a popular and prestigious forum, offer both indian films a platform as well as open the doors of international productions to the film enthusiasts of the sub-continent. Throughout the year, film festivals take place in Mumbai, Pune and Goa.

The Pune International Film Festival takes place in January. In 2012, the German Film, "Wer, wenn nicht wir" (If not us, who?) won the award for the best international film.

In February, Mumbai plays host to the Films Division of India's Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentaries, Short films and animations.

The glamorous Mumbai Film Festival is held each year in October and with its flair and prize money attracts thousands of guests from across the world to the city. 

The International Film Festival of India, which began in 2004 in Goa, takes place every November and has become one of the most important film festival where the entire film fraternity comes together.

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Films Division of India

The Films Division of India is the main film-medium organization of the Government of India established in 1948. It holds more than 8000 titles on Documentaries, Short Films and Animation Films in its archives.

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