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SAFF seeks Goa as permanent venue

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Goa is likely to be the permanent home of the South Asian Film Festival (SAFF), an important platform for film makers from the sub-continent. The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has given its green signal for the first festival in Goa which will be a four day event starting on 27th June. Khamosh Pani from Pakistan will be the opening film.

Altogether, 35 films from eight countries will be screened at the festival.

Goa governor S C Jamir, a major proponent of ‘South Asian brotherhood’ is said to be a major supporter of the idea and has been lobbying with the Goa government to organize the festival annually. “The governor was impressed with the idea since he has taken efforts to build bridges between the South Asian countries and has assured us government support,” Rahul Barua, secretary General of South Asia Foundation told TOI. Barua has also met chief minister Digambar Kamat in this regard.

The South Asian Foundation which organizes this festival, is making arrangements to host the it in the state following the government’s nod. Barua has also held discussions with the ESG and has proposed that the state should be the permanenet venue for the SAFF. The CEO of the ESG, Nikhil Dessai has stated that the society has agreed in principle that Goa would provide all the logistic support required for the festival.

The South Asian Foundation is also planning a two day seminar on Asian films besides a khadi fashion show during the festival, informed Shirin Mehra, executive director of the foundation.

In 2007 a total of 45 films were screened at the festival.

Around Rs 35 lakhs have been earmarked for the South Asian Film Festival in which the government’s contribution will be 15 lakhs, informed the ESG CEO.

Courtesy: TOI

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