With the government increasing the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) budget, a provision of 3cr has been made by the ESG as part of its budget for 2012-13 for film finance for local film makers. The federation of film fraternity of Goa (FFFG) has welcomed the decision by the general body of ESG which passed the total budget of 34.86 cr. Dyaneshwar Govekar, filmmaker and acting president of the FFFG, hoped “that the ESG under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Parrikar will lay emphasis on development of the local film fraternity.” ”Local film makers hope that the implementation of the scheme will be done effectively,” added Govekar.
The FFFG has also welcomed the decision of the general body to withdraw its role from organization of the Short Film Centre (SFC) during the International Film Festival of India. ”We urge the chief minister to organize the short film centre as an independent activity and not to merge the same with IFFI,” stated Govekar. ”FFFG is happy that till date most of our demands are met with the recent decision of ESG of withdrawal from SFC. Earlier the T-20 Section of Indian cinema and the war and peace section were removed by ESG after FFFG had opposed the same,” he added.
The federation also felt the ESG should start the process of streamlining the Indian Premier section, which is managed by ESG during IFFI. “The governing body should immediately take up the exercise of framing proper guidelines for the same,” urged Govekar.
All film related activities of the government should be routed through the ESG, he added.