India And Ontario Creating Films, Jobs — Together

Premier McGuinty Meets With Filmakers To Strengthen Partnerships With India 

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty met today with Ajay Virmani, Akshay Kumar and Victor Loewy, Chairman and CEO, Alliance Films, about the growing Ontario-India film partnership that's creating thousands of jobs for Ontarians.

"Ontario's diversity provides a unique opportunity to be part of the rapid, global growth of the Indian film industry," said McGuinty. "We have two things going for us — highly educated workers who can make state-of-the-art movies and special effects, and a diverse population that helps us connect with cultures throughout the world."

Ontario-based entrepreneur and producer Ajay Virmani and Indian super-star actor-producer Akshay Kumar partnered with Alliance Films to create the movie, Breakaway. Set in Brampton, it tells a cross-cultural story about hockey, family and tradition.

"Only in Ontario could you make a movie like this — not only do we love hockey, but our people live this story every day," said McGuinty. "We've built a province where we celebrate different cultures, while also working together — all of us — to build a great quality of life."

In 2010, the Ontario Liberal government provided approximately $290 million in tax credits to support Ontario's film and television industry, helping to create and sustain 23,000 direct and indirect jobs. Supporting Ontario home-grown productions brings Ontario talent to the forefront — such as Breakaway lead actor Vinay Virmani — opening the door to new partnerships with India's film industry, which has a market size projected to reach $4 billion by 2014.

"When we make movies with Indian filmmakers, it does much more than create jobs in the film industry. It profiles Ontario's diversity in India, one of the world's fastest-growing economies, helping to open doors for businesses that create jobs in many industries," said McGuinty.

Almost 600,000 Ontarians have roots in India and maintain close ties to Indian culture. Trade between Ontario and India amounted to $1.5 billion in 2009, up by over 90 per cent since 2003. Premier McGuinty has led two trade missions to India that resulted in 52 agreements with projects valued at $650 million, and has said he'd double the number of Premier-led Ontario trade missions and return to India again.

Only Ontario Liberals are committed to attracting foreign investment, strengthening cultural ties, and growing stronger, together with our trading partners.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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