February : SIFB was implemented for the first time in the MIFF –Mumbai International Film Festival for documentaries and short films- last February, in partnership with the Nyon Festival “Cinema du réel”, with the Swiss Consulate in Mumbai, with Présence Suisse, with Swiss Tourism and Swiss Film location. Sponsors were Kodak (Suisse) and Polygon SA (Suisse).
March : SIFB director Kamal Musale was present at FICCI-Frames, India biggest cinema and entertainment fair, and could answer different enquiries about shooting in Switzerland, as also an official representative of Swiss Film Location. Discussions about Indian feature films to be shot in Switzerland and also the next Sherlock Holmes sequel took place, with producers from both Europe and India.
May : SIFB was present at Cannes, for different meetings with the representatives of the Ministry of Broadcasting (the Indian State Secretary of the Ministry of Broadcasting) and made an introduction with them to the representative of BAK (Swiss Federal Office of Culture), and the director of the Goa festival.
In Cannes, a partnership with Peacefulfish Berlin was established, to connect the SIFB with the European network of producers, and the European Film Location Association. We are working together to propose round tables during festivals on the topic of the cultural implication of co-production between India and Europe.
March : SIFB organized at FICCI Frames a meeting and cocktail with Indian Producers and European producers (no Swiss film-makers present apart from Kamal) in collaboration with the Consulate of Switzerland and the European Film Commission Network, represented by Juliane Schulze, and Swiss destinations. A gathering of 80 producers interested closely in Switzerland and Europe were able to exchange information with us.
June: SIFB partnered with Taj Enlighten Film Society to organize a Swiss Film Festival inside the annual Mumbai European Film Festival. with a focus on Daniel Schmid films, Godard, and films and workshop by Kamal Musale.