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Shankar Mohan becomes Film Festivals director

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NEW DELHI: International Film Festival of India director Shankar Mohan has taken up an additional role. Mohan is now the director of the Directorate of Film Festivals.

 Mohan takes over from Rajeev Kumar Jain who has been moved to Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s film wing.

 A professional filmmaker, Mohan has been part of the DFF for 24 years. While holding charge as joint director in DFF, Mohan had been made director of the annual IFFI which is held in Goa in November every year.

 He also held concurrent charge as director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata for two years from 2010, and had for one year also been Festival Director for the Mumbai International Film Festivals for Shorts, Documentaries and Animation films organised by the Films Division every alternate year. 

Early in 2012, Mohan had sought voluntary retirement, serving three months’ notice but had later been convinced to withdraw this letter.

Mohan, then joint director in the Director of Film Festivals, had been made IFFI director in 2011 following a high-level report to then Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni suggesting some changes to improve the status of IFFI and make it of international standard. 

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