Discover French Culture

Film & TV Office

As in India, French cinema has occupied an important place in France’s culture for more than a hundred years.

The Film & TV office of the French Institute in India contributes to the promotion and cultural dissemination of French cinema in collaboration with the network of Alliances françaises and their partners across the country. It facilitates dialogue between Indian and French film professionals and supports the development of international co-productions with France.
It works closely with the state-funded agency, Film France, to help Indian production houses find the best locations and French professionals to shoot films in France.

Keeping up with industry trends, the French Institute in India also organises content, markets and facilitates participation in French events, such as Marché du film (Cannes), Series Mania (Lille), Le Rendez-Vous (Biarritz), Marché international du film d’animation d’Annecy (Mifa), to give Indian producers and OTT platforms access to French content for different purposes: streaming, remakes, adaptations, etc.

France is not only the birthplace of cinema, but also a very active producer of animated series and films. It hosts some of the world’s best film and animation schools and studios. The French Institute in India, through its Campus France offices across India, can assist you in exploring programmes offered by French institutions that best suit you.

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Artistic Cooperation Office

The Artistic Cooperation Office works towards establishing regular and visible exchanges between artists, creators, students and cultural professionals. It encourages long-term dialogue between India and France by focusing on partnership, creation, innovation and transmission. It accompanies major artistic and cultural initiatives in Visual Arts, Photography, Architecture & Heritage, the Performing Arts, Music, Fashion, Design, Gastronomy, Young Audience and Art & Science.

Strong partnerships have been developed with some of India’s biggest cultural partners, such as Serendipity Arts Foundation, Kochi Muziris Biennale, National Gallery of Modern Art, Chennai Photo Biennale, Krishnakriti Festival, Jazz in India, Prakriti Foundation, among many others.

The Artistic Cooperation Office also:

  • supports transdisciplinary residencies in India and France in collaboration with leading operators and partners in both countries,
  • encourages professional mobility for developing exchanges that transform into lasting collaborations between the two countries,
  • facilitates training programmes for artists or professionals in collaboration with French and Indian institutions, along with supporting professionals in their research and documentation in the different studies carried out through the year.
  • encourages student mobility in the creative sector via agreements between Indian and French schools of higher education, and dedicated co-financed scholarships

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Book, Debate and Ideas Office

The French Institute in India promotes French publications and authors, intellectual exchanges and the circulation of ideas throughout the world.

Support for the publishing world is divided into several actions.

The Publication Assistance Programme Tagore contributes each year to the dissemination of French thought by creating partnerships between Indian and French publishers. About forty-five French titles translated into Indian languages are supported each year.

This partnership also involves promoting the translation of French works in India. The first edition of the Romain Rolland Book Prize for translation was established in 2017. The objective now is to intensify this programme by organising Translator’s Factories with the best professionals. Starting in 2020, The French Institute in India has thus far launched 3 annual workshops in Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil.

Lastly, in 2021, India has the honour of joining the international family of the Choix Goncourt: Goncourt Choice of India. This initiative aims to promote French language and literature and the translation of French titles by Indian publishers.

The development of intellectual exchanges brings debates into political life in the broadest sense. The first action involves a constant presence of French thinkers at literary festivals in India, which are forums for opinion and the exchange and engagement of intellectuals in public debate. The multiplicity of festivals implies an increase in our presence throughout the country.

New formats are therefore being bolstered, such as Café Philo, which brings together philosophers, public intellectuals, writers, artists and experts over a common theme and connects them throughout the network.

Moreover, every year we celebrate the stream of ideas between both countries, cultures, topics and generations through the Night of Ideas. It gives us the opportunity to find out about the latest discoveries in knowledge and arts, to listen to the ones who contribute to bringing more ideas to their fields and be part of their discussions.

A partnership with the Collège de France to create an itinerant Chair of the Collège at the best Indian academic institutions complements these actions and aims at both exchange and academic training.

The main objective of this strategy for debates is to increase the quality and amplitude of exchanges between actors on global and transdisciplinary subjects for dialogue and cross perspectives.

More information: Books, Ideas & Debates

Last modified on 12/11/2021

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