Events and Entertainment arm of the Times Infotain-ment Media Limited (A Times Group Company), 360 Degrees, has been entrusted to produce the magnanimous International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2004. The event would be hosted at the picturesque romantic sea-spot of Goa from November 29 to December 9. It would be the city’s first attempt at hosting a Cannes-style festival in India that will showcase Indian and international cinema.
The Film Festival incidentally moves to Goa from Delhi this year. “The festival is a very prestigious event for the people of Goa and being chosen as the host is testimony that Goa is an attractive and compelling destination for major international events,” says Sanjit Rodrigues, Nodal Officer, IFFI, Goa-2004 & CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa. The historic capital town of Panaji is now the permanent venue for IFFI promises to be refreshingly different from the bustling metros where the festival has been traditionally held.
Speaking on the tie-up, AP Parigi, MD and CEO, TIML, asserts, “We are proud to be associated with this mega event. It pronounces a highly dynamic, multi-point, multi-way and multi-layer activity management. We have a fairly large exposure to the project and will perhaps just about break even.”
The event will held at a multiplex, with a total seating capacity of 1400 spectators, built by Inox Leisure Private Limited, Mumbai and will also feature the latest movie screens imported from Germany. A new art gallery will exhibit a photo exhibition of 100 years of Indian cinema, Rodrigues stated also there will be 40 stalls where films would be traded by national and international producers and distributors.