South Indian filmmakers protest at IFFI 2010

Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Fourth day of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 witnessed protest by South Indian filmmakers alleging that their films were sidelined at the festival.

Members of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and Film Exhibitors Federation held protests outside the IFFI venue at Kala Academy where Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was attending a function.

“We are not being given importance for the festival. First of all, they are not selecting proper films from South India and moreover, we are not treated respectfully,” KFCC member Subramanyam told reporters at the venue.

“Film Federation of India’s President L Suresh was not even invited on the stage to light lamp,” Subramanyam, popularly known as ‘Evershine Mani’ in South India added.

The anguished protestors later met Entertainment Society of Goa’s (ESG) Chief Executive Officer Manoj Shrivastava, who assured them that their problems will be look into and solved.

President of the Film Exhibitors Federation Liberty Bashir alleged that festival organizers are upto gross mismanagement at the festival.

“Movie tickets are also not being issued to us, as they claim that booking are full. Whereas threaters are half-empty,” he said.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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