India’s Enlighten Film Society has bought home video rights to Lars von Trier’s Antichrist at the Reliance Big Entertainment-backed Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) which closed on Nov 5.
Enlighten is an NGO which describes itself as being “dedicated to the cause of spreading good cinema by screening great national and international films.”
The Mumbai fest hosted a four-day Film Business Centre for the first time this year as the first step towards launching a film market. It was open to festival delegates and members of the film industry on an invitation basis and was held at Fun Cinemas in the Mumbai district of Andheri.
“The Film Business Centre is our first modest step in establishing a flourishing film market in India. We are happy that in the first year itself business deals have begun by the acquisition of AntiChrist’s video rights by an Indian company,” said festival director Srinivasan Narayanan.
Reliance Big Entertainment came on board this year as a backer for the festival which is organised by an independent body of film professionals. Earlier in the festival, the UK Film Council announced a scheme to showcase independent British films in India.