Herald: 15,000 delegates to attend IFFI
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15,000 delegates to attend IFFI

20 Nov 2013 12:00am IST
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20 Nov 2013 12:00am IST

PANJIM: Over 15,000 delegates will be attending the 44th International Film Festival of India this year, of which more than 10,000 will be delegates from the State itself, Vishnu Wagh, Vice Chairperson ESG (now chairperson) told Herald on the eve of the festival.

TEAM HERALD
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PANJIM: Over 15,000 delegates will be attending the 44th International Film Festival of India this year, of which more than 10,000 will be delegates from the State itself, Vishnu Wagh, Vice Chairperson ESG (now chairperson) told Herald on the eve of the festival. 
Though it would make sense then that the IFFI kits comprising the film catalogues be handed out in advance along with the passes to shorten the queues when the festival begins and when outstation delegates come swarming in, ten film festivals later the same problems persist. The film festival moved to Goa permanently in 2004. Delegate Agnelo D’Souza says he has never managed to get a kit in the past – either the queues were too long or the bags weren’t available anymore. He has had to make do with borrowed copies. 
“The kits were never made available in advance and when they were, there were huge queues. Last year I stood in a long queue and IFFI staff just left us standing there while they went for their lunch break,” D’Souza said.
Nigel Khamkar, a film buff who has been attending IFFI since 2005 says the long queues on the first few days to collect the kit are a nuisance. 
“I’ve already collected my delegate pass. Now I have to go to the counter again to collect the kit when it is ready. What’s worse is that in the past there have been just two counters distributing the kits and they have special timings. They should have more counters and give out the kits during the entire day to make things simpler for delegates.” 
Manohar Shetty who has already collected his pass but is awaiting the film catalogues says these could be distributed sooner as film buffs are already eagerly anticipating the festival films. “Last year’s catalogues were beautifully produced and it must have cost them a fortune. But it’s a nuisance when they arrive late,” he said. 
The delay was further confirmed Tuesday through a Facebook post on IFFI Goa 2013 stating, “Delegates Kit bags not yet come or ready. Booklets on screening of movie schedule are also not ready yet. They say this will be out from tomorrow 20/11/13. Last year, the event was half way through yet half of them (delegates) did not get their bags.” 
Film screenings started on Tuesday, but the only intimation and the film schedule was posted on the board below the media centre. No film schedules were given to delegates who collected their passes. Thousands of delegates from Goa could have watched some of the films if the Directorate of Film Festivals had been a little more efficient. On Wednesday, a couple of films have been scheduled for the morning session before the inaugural of the festival at 4 pm.
 
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