Germany's Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, India's Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, and Germany's Minister of State for Culture and the Media Bernd Nuemann signed a German-Indian film agreement in Berlin on Friday afternoon providing a legal framework for cooperation between producers from Germany and India.

Under the agreement, films co-produced by German and Indian filmmakers will receive the same treatment as national films. This means that German and Indian co-producers will enjoy all of the priivileges avaialble to the film industries in their respective countries. This is subject to both sides contributing between 20% and 80% of the total cost of the film. Financial contributions should be accompanied by corresponding creative, artistic and technical inputs.

Germany has concluded agreements of this kind with 18 countries, and this latest accord is the seventh to be signed with a non-European country.