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Indian Filmmakers Jitendra Mishra and Partha Panda Drive Cultural Exchange at Cannes


Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India]: Indian filmmakers Jitendra Mishra and Partha Panda made significant strides in promoting cultural exchange and meaningful cinema at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Their collaboration is gaining international attention, underscoring their roles as key figures in bridging Indian and global cultures through film.

Promoting Indian Culture on a Global Stage

Jitendra Mishra, a prominent figure in alternative film production, has been a key advocate for Indian art, culture, Sambalpuri handloom and cinema of Odisha at Cannes. Known for his dedication to impactful cinema, Mishra has contributed to over 110 films, including internationally acclaimed productions like “I am Kalam,” “The Last Color,” and “Desires of the Heart.” His films have not only won numerous awards but have also highlighted India’s rich cultural tapestry on the global stage.

At this year’s festival, Mishra’s dedication to cultural promotion remained evident. Serving as the director of the Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) and as the Goodwill Ambassador for the International Centre of Films for Children & Young People (CIFEJ)—a global network established under UNESCO in 1955, where he was elected president in 2020—he continues to influence the field. His reach extends to the Cannes Producers Network, and he has been a jury member at over 50 international film festivals and forums. Mishra has consistently advocated for films that drive social change and enhance cultural understanding.

Partha Panda: Bridging Cultures through Cinema

Partha Panda, the founder of Glocal Film UK Ltd, joins Mishra in the mission to promote cultural ties between the UK and India through cinema. Panda, attending Cannes for the second time this year, celebrated his film projects dedicated to bringing Indian culture to an international audience. His work enhances cultural understanding while also supporting diverse entrepreneurial ventures across recruitment, training, development, and the restaurant industry. As the founder of Glocal Film UK Ltd, Panda had the honour of walking the red carpet once again, representing a notable UK-India co-production aimed at bridging cultures through film. Originating from Jagatsinghpur, Odisha, Panda has been actively promoting Indian art, culture, and cinema through various initiatives.

A Milestone Collaboration

A highlight of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was the partnership between Mishra’s Cinema4Good Pvt Ltd and Panda’s Glocal Film UK Ltd. Their collaborative project aims to spotlight the vibrant art, culture, and handlooms of India and the UK. This upcoming film project, represents a significant step in their efforts to use cinema as a tool for cultural diplomacy and artistic exchange.

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Showcasing at Cannes: A Testament to Cultural Diplomacy

The Cannes Film Festival, with its rich history and global influence, provided the perfect backdrop for Mishra and Panda to showcase their work. Held from May 14 to 25, 2024, the festival featured a diverse array of films from around the world, including significant contributions from Indian filmmakers. Mishra and Panda’s participation highlighted their dedication to promoting meaningful cinema that bridges cultures and celebrates diversity.

Their film, a co-production that highlights the cultural narratives of both nations, was well-received at Cannes, further cementing their reputations as cultural ambassadors. This project exemplifies their ongoing commitment to using the power of cinema to create impactful, cross-cultural dialogues.

Impact on the Film Industry

The presence of Mishra and Panda at Cannes not only amplified Indian cultural representation but also emphasized the role of film in fostering international understanding. Their collaboration reflects broader trends in the film industry towards inclusivity and cultural diversity, setting a precedent for future co-productions and partnerships.

For More Information

To learn more about the work of Jitendra Mishra and Partha Panda or to explore cultural collaboration opportunities, connect with them on social media platforms : Facebook, Linkedin  and Instagram.


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