The IFFI wish list!
With the 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) set to commence on November 20, Café takes a look at the views from the local community about the prestigious festival and how it can match expectations.
When the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) first moved to Goa, the level of excitement was super high among the Goan public. A decade and a dozen IFFI editions later, that level of excitement among the local community has dipped for various reasons. From expecting to see more film celebrities to greater engagement with the public, locals have various reasons as to what IFFI should have and should be doing. There have been comparisons made to other international film festivals across the world and suggestions as to how local cinema can get promoted at this festival. “I feel that there should be a Konkani slot everyday at 7 pm which is the prime time. At this hour they should show the world our Konkani films. Besides this, Goan artists need to have more participation at IFFI”, said actor Kevin D’mello Others like Sanjeev V Sardesai who is active in the cultural space, felt that one aspect where the film festival could improve was in helping out the delegates visiting Goa. He felt there should direction boards/signages set up at appropriate locations to help these visitors get to the various screening venues. He recalled how there were rickshaws kept to ferry delegates from Inox Multiplex to Kala Academy and yet there were no boards to inform of their existence. “There should be suggestion boxes and counters available where delegates can get general information about Goa. This event should ideally help promote tourism in Goa” added Sanjeev. Others felt that steps should be taken to increase local participation. “Most of the Goans feel IFFI is about film stars, which according to me is not the right criteria. For the public perception to improve, I feel there should be a way where the people can experience IFFI the way the delegates do inside the festival. It’s always a great experience to watch good cinema and this will help people appreciate cinema better” said film maker Brijesh Kakokder. Explaining further, he said that this should be accessible to any audience, without being a delegate. “Maybe there can be a small outdoor theatre set up which plays cinema of the world and not just commercial Bollywood movies,” added Brijesh. In addition, the facilities, number of seats and infrastructure has been a bone of contention in the past. This year, in its 48th edition, the Entertainment Society of Goa( ESG) has curated a number of workshops, courses, competitions and weekly film screenings as a build up to the main event. For the first time, there will be a village introducing a new concept called Bioscope, a village with a theme of New age Cinema. There will be four pop up inflatable cinema theatres, a skill studio and Katta- a space where one can interact with celebrities. “We will invite stalwarts of the film industry and film institute’s to bring to our young audiences the excitement about various technical aspects that go into film making. This will be a great platform for the film enthusiasts and aspiring film makers to understand the different career opportunities within the film industry” said Rajendra Talak, ESG vice chairman. The festival ground will have a separate space for performing arts and stalls for food, beverages, and handicrafts. Besides the Goa section at IFFI that will screen four films, there will also be a short film contest for upcoming film makers. “IFFI, has been a significant film festival that not only focus on national and international entries, but also Goan too. This year they have special section for Goan film-makers. We are lucky to have an international film festival hosted in Goa. As you see even Goan Films are enchancing now,” said film maker Milroy Goes. The list of Indian films to be screened at the "Indian Panorama" section has also been announced. Indian Panorama is the section under which several Indian language films (feature/non-feature) are shown every year at the festival. India’s official entry for the Oscars, “Newton”, and the highest grosser till date in the country, “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”, are among the 26 films selected The 2016 National Award winning Kaasav, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar will also be screened while under the non feature length films, the National Award winning Fireflies in the Abyss directed by Chandrasekhar Reddy will be screened. The opening film of the feature film section of Indian Panaroma is Pihu which has been directed by Vinod Kapri.
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