"It has been a very sad day for me today when I read that there has not been a single Indian entry to the Cannes Film Festival."
"Let us aspire that there is not a single international film festival where there is no Indian entry anywhere. Let us work towards that end," Soni said at the inauguration of an Odia film festival marking 75 years of cinema in Orissa.
While 49 films from 33 countries have been selected for the 64th Cannes film fest that will run from May 11-21, India, the world's largest producer of films, has not been represented. An international jury selects films from any country.
The minister also said that the government is in the final stages of preparing the Rs. 660 crore National Archives Heritage Mission where films will be a very important component. This effort, primarily involving digitisation of the archives of national broadcasters All India Radio and Doordarshan will also include films.
The aim of the mission is to preserve the rich culture for future generations and also making them accessible in the form of a digital library.
The minister also expressed her support for the private-public-partnership models for setting up movie theatres in states where film industries are in dire straits.