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Govt fears FTII row may mar Goa film festival

The I&B ministry is perturbed by reports that the Film Federation of India may decide not to participate at IFFI.

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Students at the FTII campus in Pune on Monday. While some classes have started, others will commence from November 4. (Source: Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

Busy with preparations for the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa later this month, the government is worried the ongoing FTII protest may affect the film festival.

There are reports to suggest students may storm the IFFI venue with black flags and badges, sources said. Students may also screen short films highlighting their protest outside the festival venue.

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Also, the I&B ministry is perturbed by reports that the Film Federation of India may decide not to participate at IFFI. Further, there is the possibility of some winners not accepting their awards. A massive screening exercise, sources indicated, was underway to prevent such a “mishap”.

Government sources maintained that while the possibilities of protests are being looked at, there is no cause for undue concern. “One can’t really prevent anybody from visiting IFFI and waving a black flag. It is up to the protesters to realise their actions can embarrass the entire nation,”an official said.

Meanwhile, FTII students, who recently decided to “join classes while continuing their protest” said they are yet to decide on their course of action.