The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has expressed uncertainty over hosting of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) this year in Goa due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the state.

According to ESG vice chairman Subhash Faldesai, the routine process of hotel booking process for international delegates, has not started yet.

“There is no word so far from the Directorate of Film Festival or DFF (which functions under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting),” he said.

There is likelihood that current COVID-19 situation in the country and at the international level may impact holding of the next edition in Goa, said Faldesai.

He said the ESG has not held any meeting with the DFF since holding of the last year’s IFFI edition to discuss preparations for the 2020 event.

Annually, IFFI is hosted in Goa from November 20 and 28.

Faldesai said the ESG is well-equipped to host the festival even if the DFF initiates the process by July-end.

He said the Goa government might not be able to fund the event this year due to COVID-19-related austerity measures. …… with PTI INPUTS

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