He said there was no doubt in continuing with the understanding with the state government, which he labelled as a “federal-state partnership”.
“There are no doubts. Even government of Goa has no doubts about it,” Tewari added.
Observing that more infrastructure is needed to host IFFI in Goa, the minister said the government should strike a balance so that the set up can be used entire year even when there is no festival happening. “We are not imposing on Goa government but they have been attempting to do whatever they can,” the minister added.Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assured construction of a special facility to host IFFI in the state next to Miramar beach by the next edition of the event.
“Goa internationally is known as the land for films and film festivals. It’s high time to convert it into a film festival destination,” Parrikar said. The festival is currently held at two different venues – Macquiniz Palace and Kala Academy.This year’s attendees have included Susan Sarandon, Waheeda Rehman, Kamal Hassan, Rekha, Asha Bhonsle.