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Pune International Film Festival organizers drop censor certificate rule for this year's edition


It has been difficult for filmmakers to obtain the hitherto mandatory certificate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The organizers of the 19th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) have decided to allow filmmakers to submit entries without censor certificates this year.

It has been difficult for filmmakers to obtain the hitherto mandatory certificate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PIFF management decided to make the exception at the request of Meghraj Rajebhosle, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal (ABMCM), an organization for Marathi film artistes.

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PIFF participants, however, still have to follow some stringent rules. The title of each entry, for example, must be registered with the ABMCM, and the film has to have been made in 2020 in order to be eligible.

Last week, the organizers of the PIFF, which is usually held in the middle of January, decided to move to a new slot to avoid overlapping with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The 51st edition of the IFFI was postponed due to the pandemic and is now being held from 14 to 24 January 2021. The new dates of the PIFF are yet to be announced.

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