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No Pakistani films at IFFI 2016

The 47th International Film Festival of India will not screen any Pakistani film as the two entries sent from the country were "not up to the mark".


The upcoming 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa later this month will not screen any Pakistani film as the two entries sent from the country were "not up to the mark", the directorate of film festivals said.

Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, deputy chief minister of Goa Francis D'Souza, and directorate head Senthil Rajan held a press conference here on Tuesday to unveil the poster for IFFI and share the highlights of the festival which will take place from 20 to 28 November.

It was also announced that out of 1,032 entries from across the globe, IFFI 2016 will screen 194 films from 88 countries, but Pakistan won't be a part of it.

"We are not screening any Pakistani film this year. We had received two entries from Pakistan, but our film committee felt those films were not up to the mark. We received over 1,000 entries from 102 countries," Rajan told IANS.

"I don't know the names of the two films that were sent, but they were not shortlisted," he added.

In 2007, Khuda Kay Liye was the first Pakistani film to be screened at the 38th edition of IFFI.

Last year, filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood Raza's Pakistani film Moor was screened at the festival.

Speaking at the press conference, Naidu said there is "heavy competition" at the festival. "As many as 1,032 film entries came. The films that have been selected, you will come to know as and when they will be exhibited," he said.

IFFI, which earlier used to take place from 20-30 November, has been shortened by two days this year.

Talking about this, Rathore said: "One is always experimenting with the festival to try and make it as attractive as possible. We have delegates coming from across the globe. We want them to get the best of cinema in the least amount of time. Therefore, from 10 days we have reduced it to eight. There is no reduction in content. The best films are all going to be showcased."

The late Polish director Andrzej Wajda's After Images, a biopic based on the life of the late Polish painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, will kick off the festival.

This year, the country that will be in focus is the Republic of Korea. South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon ‘s The Age Of Shadows, which is the country's official entry for the Oscars next year, will bring the curtains down on the festival.