The Federation of Film Fraternity of Goa (FFFG), an organisation working for the cause of the local film fraternity, has welcomed the decision of the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisers of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to include a separate section of the “Goan Films” in IFFI-2013.

The local filmmakers have been demanding such a move for a long time. Augie D’Mello, spokesperson of the FFFG, called it a real step forward towards boosting the local film talent.

The organisation thanked Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also the chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), joint organisers of the IFFI, for making efforts to get this section included again in the mega film festival.

However, FFFG said the government should note that getting films included in the event will yield actual results only if the local film producers were further complimented with the benefits of the film finance scheme.

FFFG urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the film finance scheme that is dormant for almost three years now was made operational with benefits given to local film makers.

The organisation opposed the erection of a temporary “Hangar” for opening and closing ceremony of the IFFI, which would cost the State exchequer Rs. 3 crore. This money should be spent on promotion of the local film production by creating permanent infrastructure.

FFFG also strongly opposed the expenditure on cultural programmes which benefit a select few, said Augie D’Mello.