India 'guest country' at Cannes 2013

27th Nov 2012

Bollywood's centenary is to be recognised by the Cannes film festival next year.

To celebrate this tremendous milestone, India is to be the festival's 'guest country' during the 12 days the event is to run for next May.

India is only the third country to have such an honour bestowed upon them by the festival organisers, with Brazil and Egypt made 'guest countries' last year and in 2011 respectively.

Thierry Fremaux, Cannes general delegate, said: "The Festival de Cannes is delighted to celebrate one of the most important countries in the world of cinema. [It is] a country with a prestigious history and tradition, one whose current day and creative impulses are a perennial example of vitality."

The announcement of India's 'guest country' status was made last week at the Film Bazaar market in the Indian state of Goa. The Film Bazaar market is a four-day event organised by India's National Film Corporation.

The Cannes film festival will take place between May 15 and May 26 in 2013 - the 66th year in which the event has been held.


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