No Konkani films in official section of IFFI, Digambar Kamat expresses ire

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Margao: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat has demanded intervention of the Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant to ensure that Goan Films are screened in the official section of forthcoming 50th edition of International Film Festival of India.

Reacting to reports that not a single film of Goan film makers was included in the list of selected films of “Indian Panorama”, Digambar Kamat tweeted:

Unfortunate that not one Goan Cinema is part of Indian Panorama of @IFFIGoa. I urge @goacm to intervene, reminding him that ESG had 5 official programming sections of IFFI during my @INCGoa Govt. & then @INCIndia Govt. had given us ‘Goa on Celluloid’ section to screen Goan films

During my tenure as Chief Minister of Goa and Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa, various films of Goan film makers were screened in the official section of IFFI. ESG had five official programming sections of the mega film festival.

The then Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Mrs. Ambika Soni had given us a special section “Goa on Celluloid” to showcase films of Goan film makers under official category of IFFI. Unfortunately, after 2012 not a single programming section is available with ESG.

The national award winning film “Aamori” of Goan film maker Dinesh Bhonsle must be included in the official screening section Indian Panorama of IFFI. I want to bring it to the notice of the Chief Minister that in the past all national award winning Goan films were made part of IFFI screening.

Films like “Kazro” produced by Rajesh Pednekar for MAMI film festival and ” Bade Abbu” produced by Dilip Borkar & Shyamrao Yadav which was selected for Jharkhand Film Festival also deserve a place in official screening category of IFFI.

Goa Government and Entertainment Society of Goa must take up this issue with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals and demand that Goan films are included in the official category of IFFI-2019, failing which i will not hesitate to agitate and stage demonstration along with all Goan film makers during the forthcoming edition of the International Film Festival of India.

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