Although the Geethakrishnan Committee on economic reforms is opposed to organising a government-backed film festival, there are indications now that IFFI is likely to stay, but with a different character. Thus following the footsteps of international film festivals all over the world.
Take for instance some of the major festsCannes International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival. Most of the major film festivals are associated with a particular city and that lends a character to the event.
For that international class, India is working on a proposal to have a permanent venue for its annual ritual of holding an international film festival.
Goa and New Delhi are the top names doing the rounds, but other cities may also come to the fore for hosting the fest, says a senior official of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Tourist locale, infrastructure, local government support will all count while making a decision. The proposal has to be cleared by the Paris-based FIAPF (International Federation of Producers Associations), which plays the vital role of sanctioning film festivals worldwide.
So far in India, it has been a norm to alternate between New Delhi and another city to host the festival.
Besides New Delhi, the cities which have hosted the do include Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
And after 34 years of following the practice of alternating between Delhi and another city, the rules of the game are set to be changed. MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) has attempted to formulate an international film festival linked with the city of Mumbai.
Apart from the permanent venue proposal, there are other plans too to bring the festival on par with international standards. As an official puts it, the film festival will have a strong business base and the cultural part will only be a topping. With liberal import and export policy, film festival is a transformed event now, he says.