Pune: The organisers of Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), on Monday afternoon, said that they have requested the State government for more funds. PIFF, which is the official film festival of the Maharashtra Government, is currently receiving Rs 70 lakh from the State government.
Jabbar Patel, Director, PIFF, during a press interaction, said, “We have requested the government for more funds because royalty for international films is increasing.”
Ravi Gupta, Secretary, PIFF said, “We have different avenues of funding. We get funds from the State government, local bodies, sponsors, and the universities partly fund us, as they are stakeholders.”
While speaking to Sakal Times, Patel said, “We have a minimum requirement of Rs two crore. If you look at the amount spent by the Kerala government on International Film Festival of Kerala or others, ours is quite less.” When asked if the government has agreed to pay the required amount, Patel refused to give a definite answer. But a source close to the festival said that the government has hinted that this year, they won’t be able to pay the amount.
The 16th Pune International Film Festival, organised by Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government, will be held from January 11 to 18. The festival has received around 1,008 entries from 91 countries in the competition section. Abhijeet Ranadive, Creative Head and Selection Committee Member, said that the films selected represent different corners of the world. “There are films from Argentina, China, Finland and other countries. We have maintained variations on the film. These films are concerned with different areas of the human condition, with contemporary issues. There are all kind of films, including serious, funny and tragic.”