Panaji: Cinema buffs flocking to Goa for the annual International Film Festival of India now have a reason to celebrate, as organizers of the event are mulling to add five more screens for the viewing of films.
Filmmakers and cine personalities were critical of the inadequate infrastructure besides various organizational lapses on the part of the organizers since the festival scene shifted to this tiny coastal state in 2004.
The festival, which is held in November-December, has five screens and the organizers are planning to add five more to upgrade the infrastructure for the event, sources said.
For the last three years, the five screens comprising 2,172 seats, showed the festival’s films. This included four-screen Inox multiplex and Goa Kala Academy’s Dinanath Mangeshkar auditorium, a 900-seat capacity hall.
The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a nodal body created by the state government to host the event, is planning two more theatres in the city as a festival venue.
“Both are subject to the approval of Directorate of Film Festival’s technical committee which will adjudge them on the quality criteria,” ESG officials said. Both these theatres will make up for 550 seats.
In addition, the auditorium of National Institute of Oceanography, a premier National Ocean Research Institute, with a 300-seating capacity is being considered for screening movies during the festival.
The ESG also plans to construct two more theatres, with 20 and 75 seat-capacity each, within its premises for exclusive usage for press previews and select audience.