VENITA GOMES| NT BUZZ
While there have been Konkani films like Juze, K Sera Sera, Nachom-ia Kumpasar which have made it to the Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the past, this year however it came as a surprise to the jury members that there was not a single entry that came from Goa.
Chairman of the feature film category Rahul Rawail speaking on the sidelines of a press conference told NT BUZZ that they had not received a single entry from Goan filmmakers. “It is not that we have not selected a Goan film but there was no entry in the first place that came from Goa. It was quite surprising and shocking,” he said.
However, the Marathi film ‘Kharvas’ by Goan director, Aditya Suhas Jambhale made it as the opening film for the Indian Panorama section of non feature film category. Chairman of non feature jury, Vinod Ganatra said: “There was just one film and it got selected as the opening film for the non-feature category, there were no other film entries from Goa.”
No films rejected on the basis of anti-nationalism
During the press conference of jury members of feature and non feature films, Rawail refuted claims that 6 to 7 films were deliberately rejected from the Indian Panorama section for being anti-national. “I am sure that the quote or the statement has been misquoted because the members have been quite sincere and honest and they will not intentionally reject films for such reasons,” he said.
Waiving off the regional tag
Rawail further acknowledged filmmakers from Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir for sending their entries for the first time to the festival and said that regional cinema is making huge waves throughout the country and this has to continue until the tag of regional is waived off.
Films on LGBT
While feature film jury member, Major Ravi spoke about how filmmakers are welcoming and experimenting with new ideas. “There were around 18 films related to LGBT that we received in the feature film category which was a positive sign. Filmmakers are going beyond and are selecting topics and interesting stories ideas to work with,” he said.
Women jury members needed
The jury also demanded and recommended that the festival appoint at least one woman film personality as this year the feature film section had no female jury member and there was only one female in non feature category.
Limited entries from South India
Jury member of the non feature category, Suneel Puranic expressed his disappointment over limited entries from South India. “Though there are several films made in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu it was disappointing to see the low numbers. We got more entries from Maharashtra, Bengal and other states,” expressed Puranic.