“Goa State Film Festival is a platform to the Goan film fraternity,” said minister of public works, Sudin Dhavalikar while speaking at the inaugural function of the 9th Goa State Film Festival, 2018 on Thursday at ESG, Panaji. He also credited Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for bringing the International Film Festival of India (IIFI) to Goa which gave a boost to many festivals in the State.
Member of Parliament, South Goa, Narendra Sawaikar said: “Goa is known as a cultural destination but slowly it’s being known for Goan cinema around the world.” He also added that it is nice to see young artistes working in Goan films.
Former Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar said: “It has been wonderful presenting the local films and I feel over the years our local film industry has really improved with the quality of films. There is a lot of difference; I think it is much more professional now with good story line, cast and camera work.”
Kunkolienkar also added that if the trend continues this will be a good industry for Goa as the State needs to create employment and film industry requires a lot of man power.
This year, the four-day festival has received a total of 12 films, out of which nine are Konkani films, one is Marathi and two are non-feature films.
During the inaugural, mementos were given to the producers who participated in the festival.
Also present for the function were CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa, Ameya Abhyankar; finance Secretary and director of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, Daulat Hawaldar; vice-chairman of ESG, Rajendra Talak and general body member, ESG, Sachin Chatte.
(The award ceremony will be held on May 6 wherein Goa-based cinematographer Suryakant Lavande will be felicitated and awarded with the lifetime achievement award. There will be several performances as part of the award ceremony.)