Stating that Goa is all set to hold a grand 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the government has already received 5,414 paid registrations out of the total 8,000 delegates registered this year.
Addressing the press after holding a review meeting on the arrangements being made for the film festival, the Chief Minister said that all efforts are being made to ensure an impressive festival.
He said that this year’s edition of the mega film festival will see an increase in the number of seats from
2,538 to 3,218, while the number of open air screens will go up from one to two.
Three additional screens at Inox Porvorim have been added to the festival venues this year besides the other venues, which include the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) premises (Multiplex and 2 ESG auditoriums) and Kala Academy in the city and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium at Taleigao. Apart from this, open air screenings will be held at the Joggers Park at Altinho in the city and at the Miramar beach. The Mandovi Promenade will host the IFFI Mile, which will have various events at the Art Park, Children’s Park and the Campal Ground.
The Chief Minister said that various new initiatives have been taken up this year to ensure that the golden jubilee edition of IFFI becomes a unique event. He said the IFFI this year will have a short film making competition, a proposed helpline with a dedicated call centre and shuttle service buses will ply from Miramar to Inox Porvorim for the benefit of the delegates.
The film festival will have a Goan film section, which will be curated by the state government and the ESG. This will have Goan premier and non-premier sections. Ten entries have been received under the premier section – five in feature film category and five in the non-feature film category. Movies selected in the premier section include ‘Ransaavat’ (feature film), ‘Dulu’ (feature film), ‘Kaajro’ (feature film), ‘Bade Abbu’ (feature film), ‘125 Years Tiatr’ (Non-feature film) and ‘Why? Kidhyak?’ (Non-feature film). Four entries have been received under the non-premier section and judging is in process, said the Chief Minister.
There will also be an official IFFI section showcasing popular and cinematically successful Goan movies from over the years like ‘A Rainy Day’, ‘Amori’, ‘Digant’, ‘Juze’, ‘K Sera Sera’ and ‘Paltadcho Munis’.
The Chief Minister said that a total of 278 entries have been received for the Mini Movie Mania of which 209 are national entries and 70 from the Goan section.