Decision on Goan films in IFFI after 10 Nov

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 November 2013 14:24 IST

Final decision on adding special section of Goan films in the 44th IFFI would be taken after 10 November while the request of Goa government has been agreed upon ‘in principle’.

Union minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari has agreed ‘in principle’ to include a special section of Goan films in IFFI this year, said Vishnu Wagh, vice chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa.

Following a demand made by Goan film makers, both chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Wagh had spoken to Tiwari in this regard during his Goa visit recently.

“He has told the ESG to curate the films and decide the slots in consultations with the Directorate of Film Festivals”, said Wagh.

IFFI is already screening two Goa films in Indian Panorama – ‘Baga Beach’ by Goan filmmaker Laxmikant Shetgaonkar and ‘Coffin Maker’ by Veena Bakshi.

There are at least three to four feature films and around five to six non-feature films like short films and documentaries, which Wagh plans to include in the Goa Section this year.

It includes feature films like ‘Mortu’ by Jitendra Shikerkar, ‘Suring’ by Swapnil Shetkar and ‘Gunaji’ by Sharmad Raiturkar.

There are also non-feature films made like ‘Savayshin’ by Viji Verghese, ‘Zor’ by Sarat Rao and Niragas by Ashish Nagvekar.

The Art and Culture department has also produced a documentary on the new Central Library, a unique project perhaps in the country.

The final decision in this regard would be taken after 10 November, when the DFF would finalise the list of feature and non-feature films to be screened in the first five days.


Tiwari, according to Wagh, has agreed to screen Goan films in the second half of IFFI when it would be screened only once.

The second half or the last five days of IFFI mostly consists of repeat screenings of the films and other films considered for tributes etc.

Tiwari has apparently agreed to adjust Goan films, which according to Wagh would not be more than 10.

In fact he plans to combine one or two slots of short films, where each slot could screen two-three short films together.

It would be thus four to five screenings of Goan Section in the IFFI.

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