Panaji: International Film Festival of India’s upcoming edition will be hybrid of online and real.
Entertainment Society of Goa’s Vice Chairman Subhash Faldesai said that the festival will be held as per schedule, but it would be in an “hybrid fashion.”
The IFFI steering committee virtual meeting held on August 21 decided to hold the festival by abiding all the SOPs of the central government in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
The meeting was attended by officials of Directorate of Film Festival, ESG and filmmakers including Subhash Ghai and Madhur Bhandarkar.
Faldesai said that the steering committee will meet again, next week, to decide on which are the segments that could be screened virtually and those which can be shown in the auditoriums in Goa.
The festival is held between November 20-28.
He also said that the decision on inaugural and closing ceremonies, which attract huge crowds, would also be taken during the meeting.
Faldesai said that all the cultural activities and events that usally happen outside the festival premises, and are open for general public, stands cancelled this year due to COVID-19 situation.
He said that the expense on the festival will also be reduced as many segments would be held online.
Faldesai said that the decision on allowing delegates to attend the festival will also be taken by the steering committee. “The thought is also given to the possibility of giving online access to the delegates for the films rather than inviting them at the venue,” he said.