Special niche at IFFI for Amori

Panaji: In commemoration of the golden jubilee year of
the International Film Festival of India, the ministry of information and
broadcasting has agreed to create IFFI Panorama Special Section at the annual
film festival, under which ‘Amori’, the Konkani film that bagged the best
Konkani film award at this year’s national film awards will be screened.

The budget on the part of the state for IFFI 2018 is
expected to touch Rs 18 crore, with the Entertainment Society of Goa, a partner
of the event, proposing to raise at least Rs 5 crore by way of sponsorship in
kind and other support system, by roping in Indian Roots agency to carry out
the task.

Coming out with this information, ESG vice-chairman
Subhash Phaldesai told media persons at
a press conference on Friday that in addition, the regular ‘special Goan
section Konkani/Marathi films’ will
continue at the film festival, and entries from Goan filmmakers
will be invited for the same from
October 14.

“Besides, Goan movies will be screened under the open air
screenings, at Joggers Park, Altinho and on Miramar beach,” he added.

ESG CEO Amit Satija and
ESG general manager Mrinal Walke were present at the briefing.

Incidentally, last year, the Indian Panorama section of
IFFI 2018 was inaugurated by screening of Goan Marathi short film ‘Kharvas’. It
was the only local production to be screened under the particular section.

A ESG delegation led by Phaldesai had attended a review
meeting of the IFFI 2019 in New Delhi on October 10, which was chaired by Union
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar and participated
by festival director Chaitanya Prasad.

Phaldesai said that Javdekar has directed that the ESG
should freeze all the preparations for the forthcoming film festival, including
tendering works, before October 20.

“The ESG will send a related report to the Centre on
October 20,” he added.

Being optimistic that Kala Academy complex, a regular
IFFI venue, which is presently facing some structural stability issues, would
be given a facelift before the inauguration of the film festival, Phaldesai
said the ESG is already in the process
of identifying few halls for film screenings at the IFFI 2019, and their use
will depend on the related request from the directorate of film festivals.

“Presently we have theatres with 1,200 seating capacity
including Inox multiplex, while Kala Academy has its 950-seat cinema hall,” he
added.

The ESG vice-chairman also observed that this year, the
number of delegates at the IFFI could go up to 10,000 from the normal 7,500 to
8,000 delegates as this is the golden jubilee edition of the film festival.
“Every delegate, who attends the film festival stays in Goa for an average
period of five days,” he noted.

It was also informed that the ESG is exploring the option
to screen films at Ravindra Bhavans as well as in other talukas during the film
festival period.

A special section for children is also being planned in
the ‘children’s village’, besides erecting an art park and organising musical
extravaganza during the period.

The IFFI 2019 will be held from November 20 to November
28.

Phaldesai disclosed that in 2016, the state government
contributed an amount of Rs 22.62 crore for the film festival, in 2017 the
amount spent by the state on the event was Rs 17.08 crore, and in 2018 the
amount went down to Rs 12.9 crore.

“This year, Goa’s budget for the film festival will not
cross Rs 18 crore,” he said, maintaining that the directorate of film festivals
spends amount on the opening as well as the closing ceremonies of the film
festival, procurement of films to be screened, the prize money for the winners
in the international competition section and on appointment of PR as well as
marketing agencies.

It was further informed that the ESG has signed a
memorandum of understanding with the Goa College of Arts for facilitating the
graduates from the institution, who want an entry in the film fraternity.

Replying to a question, the ESG general manager said that
from 2011 to 2015, altogether nine locally produced movies availed the
financial support under ESG’s film finance scheme.

“Furthermore, application of eight more filmmakers have been cleared under this
scheme,” she informed, pointing out that two
applicants are yet to submit necessary documents, while three applications have been rejected.

“There had been too much backlog under this scheme,”
Walke admitted, assuring that from next year, there would be annual allotment
of finances under the film finance scheme.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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