IFFI 2019 to have special section on Goan films: Sawant
    Panaji, Nov 5 (PTI) The 50th edition of International
Film Festival of India (IFFI) will have a special section on
Goa under which seven local films would be screened, Chief
Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday.
    Sawant on Monday attended the IFFI 2019 steering
committee's meeting chaired by Union Minister for Information
and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar in New Delhi.
    During the meeting, a review was done of preparations
for the golden jubilee edition of IFFI, beginning from
November 20, Sawant told PTI.
    "Seven Goan films will be screened under a special
section during the nine-day event," he said.
    The opposition Congress and the film fraternity from
Goa had earlier expressed displeasure over the absence of
Konkani language films in the Indian Panorama section of IFFI.
    Sawant said a decision was also taken to have
additional screens to showcase more number of films during the
    "Also, an open air auditorium having a seating
capacity of around 1,600 would be set up at the Miramar beach
in Panaji," Sawant said.
    The IFFI will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28.
    The coastal state has been hosting the festivalsince
2004, when Manohar Parrikar was the chief minister.
    In 2014, Goa was declared as the permanent venue for

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