International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2016 ignores Pakistani movie….
The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will not screen Pakistani films as the two entries from the country were “not up to the mark”
It was declared that out of 1032 entries from across the globe, IFFI 2016 is going to screen 194 films from 88 countries, but Pakistan won’t be a part of it.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Francis D’souza and Directorate of Film Festivals Senthil Rajan, held a press conference here on Tuesday to disclose the poster and share the highlights of the film festival, which is going to take place in Goa from November 20-28.
“We are not screening any Pakistani film this year. We had received two entries from Pakistan, but our film committee felt those films were not up to the mark. We received over 1000 entries from 102 countries,” Rajan told.
“I don’t know the name of the two films that were sent, but they were not shortlisted,” he added.
IFFI has been shortened by two days this year, which earlier used to take place from November 20-30.
While talking about this, Rathore said: “One is always experimenting with the film festival to try and make it as attractive and possible. And we have delegates coming from across the globe.”
“We want them to get the best of cinema in the least amount of time. Therefore, from 10 days we have now reduced it to eight days. There is no reduction in content. The best films are all going to be showcased”.