Goa to be promoted a shooting point during IFFI

PTI, PANAJI | 18 September 2010 22:43 IST

Manoj Srivastav

Goa will promote itself as a destination for shooting films during the upcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2010, a senior state bureaucrat said today.

"The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) will have a stall during ensuing IFFI, which will showcase Goa as a destination for shooting films," ESG's Chief Executive Officer Manoj Srivastava said addressing the delegates of South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) here. 

"We are trying to attract people. How do you attract people? We have to give them benefits and make it easier for them to shoot," he added. 

Srivastava said that initially when IFFI travelled to Goa, the state did not have a film culture but with the passage of time, the participation of locals has increased. 

"Goa has enough to shoot. Except snow, the state has everything. Even if you want to create a desert scene, it can be done having the beach as the background," he told reporters later. 

IFFI 2009 had a special section 'Goa: A Celluloid Destination' which is likely to be discontinued from this year. 

ESG is a nodal agency created by the state government to promote film culture and film related activities in Goa. Goa has recorded 600 film shooting days in the last calendar year.

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The Goa has already been promoted for liquor by way of beer festival, carnival floats etc!

Goa is already promoted for Gambling through the Offshore Casinos but parked in river Mandovi!

Goa has already been promoted for promiscuity through the pictures of half naked hippies- sun bathing on beaches!

Goa has already been promoted for the drug abuse through rapes, murders, and drug related crimes!

Now the last thing to attract tourists which appears to be left out is promoting sex tourism may be by subsidizing massage parlours/brothels! Could this happen in the near future?

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 25 th September 2010 10:59

 

The more is covered with legislation, law, the more is scope for corruption. Even without so called promotion, the film industry does not need introduction on what Goa can offer them. Films have been shot in Goa for generations now. They can advertise freely in the IT network and about fees collections I think there should be laws already in existence.

- ludovico, old-goa | 25 th September 2010 09:26

 

and Mr srivastava..dnt put more focus on money making thn maintaing goan identity and i hope u hv heard this susegad goankar.we want best for goa but nt at the cost of its beauty..we r happy wit no money

- sneha, goa | 24 th September 2010 18:10

 

boss ppl hav already spoiled goan beaches..if u allow to shoot thn thr has to be ppl to clean the beaches whch has to be written in the contract or and damage to the plcs

- sneha, goa | 24 th September 2010 18:02

 

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