The Australian Film Initiative's first event in India ends on a high note as Viacom 18 Motion Pictures becomes the first Indian film corporate to tap into Australian film industry with Abhinav Kashyap's next film, while Australia's ace director announces his next thriller to be shot completely in India.

The announcements were made at a lunch hosted by An Australian Film Initiative with the Australian Consul General as the chief guest supporting these important developments between Indian and Australian film industries and welcoming Viacom18 Motion Picture's decision to partner with Australian Film Company.

At the end of the inaugural, Australian Film Festival and Film Seminars, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures formally announced that through Abhinav's film, it will formally start collaborations with Australia with long term aims to utilize funding and grants from Australia and investment into Indo-Australian projects. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures was a key industry supporter for An Australian Film Initiative's festival in Mumbai.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' forthcoming film with Abhinav Kashyap as director, and tentatively titled Project 18, will be principally shot in Australia and structured to receive maximum benefits from Australia. Australia's award winning production company Temple will be the Australian production company for Viacom 18 Motion Pictures for this and other slate of projects.

From Australia, renowned Australian director Bill Bennett's has decided to film his next thriller completely in India. Famous for his films like Kiss or Kill, Two If By Sea among others, Bill is producing his film with Anupam Sharma, Sydney based filmmaker and Australia's leading expert on Indian cinema.