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Panaji, Mar 14 (UNI) Goa government has decided to set up a Film Library and Archives of ancient and contemporary cinema classics in the Entertainment Society Complex here.

It has also decided to hold a documentary film festival in collaboration with National Film Archives of India and also a Children's Film Festival in association with Children's Film Society of India, as a part of ESG activity calendar.

These decisions were taken by the Governing Body of the ESG here, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat at his official Altinho residence in presence of its CEO Nikhil Desai and Chief Secretary J P Singh.

The body had further decided to set up a sub committee to evaluate the process for appointment of event management agencies for the IFFI 2008 and to finalise the location for holding of cultural programmes and to develop the theme and creative content for the festival.

As was done last year, the body favoured to renew collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation directly, to organise the Film Bazaar during IFFI-2008 and obtain their assistance in undertaking a script-writing workshop for encouraging local talent.

All the outstanding bills of IFFI-07 pertaining to conduct of cultural programmes will be settled before March 31, the body said.

The Governing Body also deliberated on the manpower plan and the recruitment rules proposed for the ESG, since the same would be undertaking many activities pertaining to films, entertainment, and promotion of film based education in the coming years.

It had also discussed the possible adaptive reuse of old GMC building in accordance with the wishes and expectation of various stake holders and decided to obtain an expert opinion in matters pertaining to restoration of old GMC building.

The rates for public hire of ESG facilities such as Cinema Auditorium, Art Gallery, and Press Conference Room have been reduced substantially by the Governing Body, so that these facilities could be accessed and made affordable to the common man.

The Governing Body approved in principle the organisation of a South Asian Film Festival in Goa in association with a prominent Delhi based NGO, the dates for which will be determined subsequently.

The Body also discussed about the proposed media and entertainment policy for the state which is currently under formulation by a committee headed by renowned filmmaker Shekar Kapur.

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