Unhappy with its marginalisation in the hosting of the annual International film Festival of India (IFFI), Entertainment Society of Goa has decided to seek more power-sharing in the organising of the IFFI this year.

Vice-chairman of the ESG, State government’s entertainment body and joint nodal agency for IFFI since Goa became the permanent venue for the annual IFFI, and ruling BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh said here on Tuesday after a meeting of the General Council of ESG that the Directorate of Film Festival (DFF), as per the recommendations of a high-level committee of filmmakers, had left only logistics to the ESG in organising the IFFI.

This was unacceptable, said Mr. Wagh who is tipped to takeover soon as chairperson of the ESG. He disclosed that the ESG General Council on Tuesday felt that Goa should organise a parallel international film festival in Goa by withdrawing itself from the IFFI if the DFF under Information and Broadcasting Ministry continued to marginalise Goa in organising of the IFFI.

He told presspersons later that the ESG bore almost 85 per cent of the cost of organising IFFI in Goa.

It was indicated that the ESG proposed to put forward this resolution before the Central government at a meeting scheduled on July 30 and 31 in New Delhi in connection with the IFFI 2014.

The Tuesday’s general council meeting of the ESG was chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Mr. Wagh also disclosed that the ESG had decided to simplify the single-window system of film financing scheme, taking into consideration the difficulties faced by Goan filmmakers.

As per the revised scheme, the financial assistance would be directly released to the producers rather than paying their expenditure as was done now.

The general council meeting also approved the annual budget of ESG amounting to Rs.34 crore.

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