AIFEC protests against DFF's apathetic attitude towards cine workers

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Panaji, Nov 25 (UNI) The All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC) has flayed the Directorate of Film Festivals(DFF) which hosts the International Film Festival of India(IFFI) in association with the Goa Government, for its 'apathetic attitude' towards the cine workers.

Secretary of the Confederation Dharmesh Tiwari charged that the DFF has not been following the protocol of inviting the Confederation representatives on the dias during the inaugural event along with those of the Film Federation of India(FFI) for the last few years.

Tiwari said this year the Confederation decided to protest against the step motherly treatment and had decided to boycott the festival. ''We even told Shah Rukh Khan, who was invited as the chief guest, not to attend the inaugural event. The boycott was lifted only after DFF Director Neelam Kapur personally called me up and apologised for the faux pas. A apology letter was also faxed.

But even at the inauguration on November 23, only the FFI representative was called on the dias. Hence, I decided to return back to Mumbai,'' Mr Tiwari told UNI over telephone from Mumbai.

Tiwari said FFI was not the apex body of the film industry. It comprised only the producers and distributors whereas the confederation had under its umbrella, associations representing 22 crafts from spot boys, writers, directors and actors from all the film productioncentres in the country. ''What is cinema without them,''he asked angrily.

Tiwari said the confederation does not receive any intimation from the DFF about the festival schedule, information about delegate registration and the number of invitation cards for the opening and closing ceremonies which would be given to them. ''We learn about the details only from newspapers. Whereas the DFF informs the FFI about the same,''he added.

Tiwari said after he returned from Mumbai yesterday, Mithun Chakravarty called him for seeking advice on whether to attend the festival. Mithun is schedule to be present at the IFFI when his film 'Ek Nadir Galpo" (Tale of a River) will be screened. ''Mithunda even told me that if he attends the festival, he would surely raise the issue with the DFF authorities,'' Tiwari said adding that the issue was not about inviting Dharmesh Tiwari on stage, but giving due recognition to the cine workers and he as the secretary of the confederation, represents them.

UNI

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