"By creating quality films we comb through real life emotions", says Venkatesan, Founder-CEO, of Sai Media Productions
- 08 Mar 2017
His latest project is an international drama “Vidiyalaithaedi”, that brings to light the life of a Tamil family who spent some of their time in war hit Sri Lanka and then India before finally re-locating to Canada. This one talks about the struggle this family faces in the process of moving from one country to another. This global production that will be published too is authored by Param G Gnanaswaran of Sathura Creations, Author of the book and also the Writer -Director of the film which is going to be an an international co-production. The title, ‘Vidiyalaithaedi’, when translated from vernacular means ‘in search of a new dawn’ and the man behind this production and book launch, is Coimbatore-based M. Venkatesan who is the Founder-CEO, of Sai Media Productions. This book is to be published internationally by Nazlikai Publication, London and by Sai Media Productions in Asia including India.
Sai Media Productions, was founded in Chennai, India in 2003, and is currently operating in Canada, USA, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. “Sai Media Productions is a tech and media company involved in three important sectors including, media technology and consulting works with industry leaders and leading companies from India and Canada. This company also supports innovation labs and is also the member of YUMI international, an international production platform, apart from active industry participation at Film Bazaar, IIFTC, and international Festivals like Cannes and MIPcom, Toronto International Active in IFFI - International Film Festival of India, FICCI, Rotary Club and Indian Advertising Club and AD Club Madras and Indo-Canadian Trade Association.” Venkatesan begins.
Kandam Film Launch: Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Venkatesan.M, Sai Media Productions, India during the press interaction York Cinemas, Canada.
The media house’s projects and works have been put in more than 14 international channels and done service for ew of the top blue chip companies and media companies and Hollywood studios worldwide in terms of animation and visual effects.
Venkatesan with Author Param G Gnanaswaran, Sathura Creations and with Mr.Dinesh Bhatia Counsel General of India in Canada
A thorough creative person, according to Venkatesan, creating a film short film, feature film or a documentary is like combining the emotions of real life. “I am more interested in the narrative and the technical aspects of film making. Creating something is like a creative process that involves a lot of creativity.” Venkatesan says.
Venkatesan had written and directed the biography of late Sri Gemini Ganesan, ‘Kadhal Mannan - The King of Romance’ which is south India’s first biography film. Venkatesan has Produced and Directed many Ad Films and has been part of Award Winning Campaigns for both Regional and National brands along with various International Agencies and clients. He has also produced television content and documentary content for National TV and has to his credit worked for international broadcasters like the New York Times, CCTV China.
Kandam Film Launch: Director - Pras Lingam, Producer - Warren Sinnathamby and Executive Producer - Raji Nair of Next Productions, Canada with Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Venkatesan.M, Sai Media Productions, India.
‘Kshama’ a period short on Gandhi's childhood, Alanganallur Jallikattu, Chennai Footpath are some of his notable works which were critically appreciated. His Projects include award winning shorts and documentary films which have been showcased at Chennai International Film Festival and Gandian Panaroma, Bridging Cultures Film Festival in India, Bonn Berlinale Film Festival 2006 in Berlin, Germany.
His face lights up with joy when Venkatesan speaks about Kandam, an international Tamil Film which is a sci-fi thriller and Broken Dreams an international English-German Tele-Film that was aimed at the global film markets. Kandam and Broken Dreams are produced by Warren Sinnathamby and directed by Pras Lingham from Canada. Venkatesan from Sai Media Productions was part of the global launch of Next Productions and press meet that was hosted in Toronto, Canada for which the key technical services and post production support was done by his teams from India.
Speaking at the Press Launch, Filmmaker Venkatesan said that "Any film market cannot exist without original content and the strength of the Canadian Tamil Film community is the universal content and themes by which they address diverse themes and genres, applauding the writer-director Pras Lingham for his original content and Producer Warren Sinnathamby for having the vision to produce and execute the content in global standards of production with his niche crew due to his vast professional experience in reality projects and global TV media projects with vast exposure.”
Kandam Film Launch: Filmmaker Pras Lingam, Canada & Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Venkatesan.M, Sai Media Productions, India with Media and guests at the launch.
"The potential for the regional Tamil film market is good and can be made truly globally market for Tamil Films is when the international Tamil speaking markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Europe are combined the synergy of the markets creates biggest potential and audience for content in terms of Tamil Films, Music and cultural materials.”
Venkatesan with Mayor John Tory of Toronto City, Canada
According to Filmmaker Venkatesan, the key movement happened when the landmark Production treaty "Audio-visual Co-Production Treaty" has been signed between India and Canada, at Toronto in September 2015. “It's a very progressive breakthrough in terms of artistic and commercial collaboration and development and we think it is very productive and beneficial to collaborate and work on creative projects involving Co-Productions between the various Business Groups and Production Houses from India, Canada and rest of the world. Sai Media Productions is involved in key projects on Media, Film making and technology in India and Canada with a strong technical team operating from Chennai, Coimbatore and Bangalore.”
Kandam Group photo of Next Productions team and Press - Media of Canada and Toronto at Kandam Film Launch: York Cinemas
Venkatesan educates us about the Indo-Canada treaty which was a long-awaited audiovisual co-production treaty between India and Canada that was formally signed. Now that this treaty has come into being, India, and its giant Bollywood film industry became the 54th country to have an official co-production treaty with Canada.
Filmmaker Venkatesan-Sai Media Prodcutions India (L), Ashish Kulkarni (C1) Chairman-FICCI, Shri Akhilesh Mishra (C2), the Consul General of India in Toronto & Shrimathi Akhilesh Mishra (R)
“The agreement will allow film producers in both countries to tap into various incentives and tax breaks offered by both governments. Canadian filmmakers like Deepa Mehta, Sturla Gunnarsson and Richie Mehta have long made films in India, and large Indo-Canadian communities in Vancouver and Toronto are considered key overseas markets for Bollywood. But government-sanctioned and subsidized coordination between the Canadian and Indian film industries had never happened, until now. The India-Canada co-production treaty being enacted follows a diplomatic push by the ruling Conservatives in Ottawa to see a first-time film treaty help draw votes from Indo-Canadian communities in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, and the British Columbia and Ontario provincial governments subsidize Indian film award shows here in recent years.”
Shri Akhilesh Mishra (L), the Consul General of India in Toronto, & Mayor John Tory (R), Toronto City Signed the treaty, also present Ashish Kulkarni (C) Co-Chairman-FICCI.
“The official co-production treaty will enable producers from both countries to share production coin and risk on film and TV projects. And Bollywood will look to shoot more movies in Canada, as well as get more of its movies in front of the growing Indo-Canadian market here. This treaty was signed by Mayor John Tory of Toronto, Akilesh Mishra, Counsel General for India in Canada and Ashish Kulkarni, the Chairman of FICCI” Venkatesan states.
His production company, Sai Media Productions, is in talks with regional companies and other creative talents for co-production & global marketing opportunities and can be reached at email@example.com