Film students granted free entry to IFFI


MUMBAI: The Directorate of Film Festivals, (DFF), Information and Broadcasting ministry and the Goa Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on IFFI-2007.


The MoU outlines the role and responsibilities between the DFF and the Goa State Government, for the IFFI, which is being organised in Goa from 23 November to 3 December 2007.


In keeping with a request from the film industry, Information and Broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced that students of film schools would be registered as delegates free of cost, as against the past practice of fifty per cent discount.


As per the major provisions of the MoU, DFF would have authority in deciding all matters relating to entries of films in all the sections, selection and preparation of film programmes, inviting film personalities, film delegates, setting up of various functional units, all matters regarding issue of Delegate cards and be responsible for media briefs on all matters. Director DFF will be sole recognized festival director of the event.


The Goa Government would be responsible for making available all required infrastructure for the festival, including six theatres besides the main festival theatre, functional office space and the media centre with requisite paraphernalia. They would arrange hotel accommodation for delegates; arrange air tickets and local transport, and also assist DFF in providing local human resources for the smooth conduct of the Festival.


Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Organizing Committee for IFFI-2007 concluded yesterday. The meeting was presided by Information and Broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. The Goa Minister for Water Resources Filip N. Rodrigues and other leaders from the Indian film industry and its related trade bodies attended the meeting.