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Tuesday, 26 August 2008 14:48
 
Co-Production Treaty India & Germany
AUDIO VISUAL CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA
 
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The Government of the Republic of India and the Federal Republic of Germany (hereinafter jointly referred to as the "Contracting Parties"); Considering that audio-visual co-productions can significantly contribute to the development of the film industry and to an intensification of the cultural and economic exchange between the two countries; Resolved to stimulate cultural and economic co-operation between the Republic of India and the Federal Republic of Germany; Desiring to create conditions for good relations in the audio-visual area, particularly for the co-production of films and TV and video productions; Mindful of the fact that the quality of co-productions can help to expand the production of TV and video productions of both countries;
Have agreed as follows

 
   

ARTICLE 1

 

Definition of "audio-visual co-production" For the purpose of this Agreement, an "audiovisual co-production" is a project irrespective of length, including animation and documentary productions, produced in any format, for exploitation in theatres, on television, videocassette, videodisc, CD-ROM, DVD or by any other form of distribution. New forms of audiovisual production will be included in this Agreement, through the exchange of notes between the Contracting Parties.

   

ARTICLE 2

 

The competent authorities responsible for the implementation of this

(a) On behalf of the Republic of India, the Ministry of Information and;

(b) Broadcasting on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Office      of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

Co-productions falling within the scope of this Agreement shall be subject to the approval of the competent authorities.

The Contracting Parties shall inform each other if the competent authorities are replaced by others.

   

ARTICLE 3

  Approval as national films
Films, which are produced within the framework of this Agreement, shall be deemed national films.
These films shall be entitled to claim all state support benefits available to the film and video industries and the privileges granted by the provisions in force in the respective countries.
   
ARTICLE 4
  Conditions for obtaining approval of co-production status
Any benefits under this Agreement shall be available for the co-production only when investment of finance, material and management including creative and other inputs is not below 20 % (twenty percent) of the total cost coming from the co-producer of one country.
The co-producers of a film shall have their principal office or a branch office in the territory of one of the Contracting Parties. None of the co-producers shall be linked by common management, ownership or control.
 

 

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