Mumbai, Sep 19 (): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Prakash Javadekar had announced that the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the biggest government-hosted film affair of India, has now permanently moved to Goa.
This year IFFI starts on November 20. The festival runs to eleven days and Javadekar is currently in Goa to look after the arrangements for the festival. He announced the decision of making Goa as the permanent venue for IFFI, while addressing a press conference at the state Secretariat with Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar and representatives of the state government and I&B ministry.
A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka and Goa’s Chief Secretary B. Vijayan in the presence of Prakash Javadekar and Goa’s CM Manohar Parrikar.
Javadekar said Goa has been selected as a permanent venue for its hospitable atmosphere and a vibrant culture. He added the State would soon become an international film festival venue like Cannes and other venues. Though Goa is a young venue, he said, it would get the desired results very soon.
The move to make Goa as a permanent venue for the festival would end with a lot of responsibility being laid on the state as far as organization and deciding on the content of the film festival is concerned.
A new section of Marathi and Konkani cinema will be included this year, he said, along with a separate section on north-eastern cinema.
He said that a co-production treaty had been signed with nine countries and China would be added to the list. On the backdrop of India inking the film co-production treaty with China on September 18, organizers of IFFI have decided to focus Chinese cinema in this year’s festival.
The 45th International Film Festival of India will held from November 20 to November 30.
(with inputs from movies.ndtv.com)