Goan filmmakers have accused Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of shielding the rampant corruption in organizing the International Film Festival of India and alleged that 75,00,000 has been spent on the Short Film Centre unnecessarily.
Speaking to media persons Arnold D’Costa, Chairman of Goa Film Federation accused Srivastava who is heading the Entertainment Society of Goa to be behind the scam.
The GFF demanded that two events – Short Film Centre and T20 – should be scrapped from IFFI this year and further demanded that the chief minister sign the Memorandum of Understanding minus these two events.
Pointing out that Short Film Centre is a buyer-seller driven event where film makers are looking out for buyers, GFF questioned the logic in conferring on such films which are looking only for marketing opportunities.
Laxmikant Shetgaonkar whose film Poltodcho Monis has participated in many international film festivals and even won awards, pointed out that SFC is not a competition but merely a means to sell short films by its makers.
“Instead, the money spent on organizing SFC could be utilized more productively in developing a film culture in Goa by organizing various events including workshops,” he said.
While clarifying that GFF is not opposed to SFC per se, the members said that they did not want public funds to be spent on an event that is aimed only to benefit private film makers.
Among others present for the media briefing were Dr. Pramod Salgaonkar and Milind Mhadgut.