IFFI open to all for a fee

NEW DELHI: Regular cinegoers will be able to see films in the forthcoming International Film Festival of India by registering themselves as delegates on payment of a one-time registeration fee.

Festival Director Neelam Kapur told that reports that the festival would only be open to film delegates and the media were incorrect.

She did say, however, that ticketing had been introduced this year and no one would be able to see films paying the ticket charge.

Clarifying the position, Kapur said that under rules of the Central Board of Film Certification, films not carrying the censor certificate of the CBFC were not open for screening to the general public.

It had therefore been decided to register regular film buffs as delegates. This one-time registration fee of Rs 300 will allow cinegoers to see up to two films everyday, provided they have reserved seats in advance at any one of the 20-odd ticket booths being set up in Goa.

Under the streamlined system, film delegates will be able to see up to three films a day while film critics can see up to five films. However, they will also have to get the seats reserved as the ticketing booths in advance. The booths will give seat numbers which will ensure place.

Meanwhile, Kapur said that a decision had been taken to restrict the number of local viewers in theatres, in view of the complaint by the film industry last year to the effect that visitors from outside Goa were unable to see films because of the local cinegoers.

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