Panaji, Dec 1 (UNI) The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) has supported the demand for reopening the slot on Doordarshan to telecast Indian Panorama films screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Speaking at the 'Open Forum' as part of the ongoing 38th IFFI here on the topic -Indian Panorama-Focus of IFFI, DFF deputy director Shankar Mohan said the telecast of Indian panorama films on Doordarshan gives them an exposure to film lovers across the country. He said the slot was discontinued a few years ago and the DFF had no authority to demand its revival.
''It was for the filmmakers and the media to make a determined bid to get the slot reopened. The DFF cannot take any policy decision in this matter,'' he pointed out saying that Doordarshan which is now competing with several private channels, was a autonomous body under the Prasar Bharati and had only commercial spots.
He said Indian Panorama section was always the main exclusive highlight of the IFFI. The DFF is involved in promoting the films in India and abroad. Festivals to be hosted in Kerala, Mumbai, and Pune after IFFI have already secured a package of films.
Similarly, the DFF is responsible for taking the films in foreign film festivals.
Mr Shankar Mohan said the DFF has no role in selection of films for the Panorama. ''The selection is always done by a committee of filmmakers,''he pointed out.
Malyalam film director Lenin Rajendran said the DFF should start a touring festival to screen all the Indian Panorama section films all over the country.
Marathi filmmaker and actor Aditi Deshpande said that several Marathi filmmakers were not aware that they could sent their entries to the Panorama section which was an important platform to get an international exposure. It also gives an insight to the filmmaker as to where he/she stands, Aditi felt.
According to her, if awareness is generated about the importance of Indian Panorama Section, regional cinema in India will grow.