Panaji, Nov 23 (UNI) Chaos marked the opening day of the film festival counters with the breakdown of the software related to ticketing reservation of the delegates seats, introduced for the first time in the festival on the lines of the Cannes festival in France.
As many as 4000 delegates, both national and internatiohal, besides 300 from the media got their names registered for the 38th edition of the Internatioal Film Festival of India (IFFI) which got underway today.
With a board displaying in the morning asking the delegates to come over in the evening for tickets, the delegates turned irate as several of them had visited Goa from far off places including from abroad.
The ticketing system, however, started working but the authorities opened only a few counters instead of all to facilitate the delegates.
There was a mad rush for the tickets with youth, mostly college-going girls, thronging the help desk for taking ticket slips.
Heavy security arrangement was made at the Inox multiplex theatre complex, the main film screening venue.
The system, according to the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) authorities, was introduced to eliminate long queues of delegates who suffered a hell in the previous festivals with the denial of entry into the theatres for watching the films.