18/09/2014 …. Shri Prakash Javdekar, Union Minister of State for Information &Broadcasting(Ind. Charge) announced Goa to be the permanent venue for International Film Festival of India and assured all possible help and financial assistance from the centre to successfully host the festival in Goa.
Shri Javdekar announced this while addressing the media today. Earlier he chaired the 2nd Steering Committee of IFFI, 2014 meeting held at the Secretariat, Porvorim today.
The MoU for IFFI, 2014 was also signed and exchanged by Shri Bimal Jutka, Secretary(I&B), New Delhi and Shri B. Vijayan, Chief Secretary, Goa in the presence of Shri Prakash Javdekar,Union Minister of State for I&B; Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister; Shri Milind Naik, Minister for Information & Publicity, Goa and Damodar Naik, Chairman, ESG.
Shri Javdekar underscoring the need for all officials connected with the festival to sit and sort out all issues directed that the Art Director may be taken on board for designing the look and feel of the festival within two days.
Shri Parrikar said film lounge with air condition will be set up within the precinct of the Inox courtyard for film makers to assess the films screened during the festival.
He also urged to undertake wide publicity of the festival along with decennial exposition of the relics of Patron Saint of Goa – St. Francis Xavier through various publicity means to promote tourism and the brand image Goa.
The Steering Committee also decided that the inaugural ceremony of IFFI, 2014 be held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium, Bambolim and the inaugural film be screened at Kala Academy, Panaji.
Shri Parrikar assured that the delegates and other VIP’s wanting to watch the inaugural film will be transported to the venue of screening of the inaugural film at Kala Academy within 30 minutes by arranging the necessary transport.
The suggestions of the members to bring in cohesion and uniformity in various aspects of the festival were accepted to give the look and feel of the brand Goa.
Shri A. K. Bir, Chairman Technical Committee through a presentation gave a brief overview of logistics and technical aspects related to the infrastructure by setting the time table for completion for some of the in-progress tasks.
Shri Rajan Satardekar, CEO, ESG also briefed the members of the status of progress made on various activities like logistics, setting of IFFI secretariat, accommodation, transportation, registration of delegates, setting up of help desk, setting of media centre & ticketing counters, etc. befitting the international stature of the event.
Shri Raghvendra Singh, Addl. Secretary(I&B); Smt. Nirupama Kotru, Director(Films); Shri Shankar Mohan, Director of Film Festival; Shri P. Krishnamurthy, Secretary to CM & Finance; Shri Pawan Kumar Sain, Secretary(I&P), Goa; Shri Arvind Bugde, Director, Information & Publicity, Goa renowned film fraternity members of the screening committee attended the meeting.