Panaji: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan on Monday said preparations are underway for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to model it on the lines of the Cannes Film Festival.
During his visit to the coastal state, Murugan held a review meeting with all concerned departments and urged everyone to work together for the success of IFFI.
“IFFI will be held from November 20 to 28. This time we are focusing on film bazaars and other things. National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Government of India and Goa are organizing IFFI as Cannes Film Festival this time,” he told reporters here.
“During these eight days, there will be so many activities. There will be screening of new films, award-winning films etc. National award winners will attend IFFI. Arrangements are being made like Cannes (film festival),” he said.
Murugan said that the list of celebrities and guests will be officially announced. “We discussed the measures today. Full preparation is underway,” he said.
The Goa government has set a deadline of November 15 for all its concerned ministries to complete the work related to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Founded in 1952, IFFI was first held in Goa in 2004. The festival has since found a home in the seaside state as Goa was declared the permanent venue of the festival in 2014.