The poor crowd at the ongoing South Asian Film Festival is a cause of concern to film makers participating here in Goa. This was articulated by Bhutanese film maker Gyaltsen while participating in the interactive sessions held at Kala Academy’s black box on Sunday.
“It would be good if there was more publicity given so that there are better audiences,” he said wondering what was the point of screening films if there was nobody to view them.
This remark assumes significance in view of the fact that Goa has been announced as the permanent venue for the South Asian Film Festival.
In fact, even earlier when Goa was selected to be the permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India, detractors, particularly from West Bengal had raised the issue of Goa lacking a film culture which would result in poor turnout for film screening.
However, apart from IFFI and SAFF, Goa has been hosting a lot of other film festivals including Marathi film festival.