The 36th government-backed International Film Festival of India (IFFI), set to open December 1 in its new permanent home of Goa, is facing a last-minute internal wrangle with the Film Federation of India (FFI).
Producers' body the FFI is threatening to boycott the festival's Indian film promotion section, the Film Bazaar.
The FFI has blamed the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the main organizer of the bazaar, for "sidelining the apex body of producers in the film industry".
According to the FFI, the government did not invite it to assist in the management of the Bazaar this year, and instead handed over responsibility to CII.
Having previously moved from state to state, the International Film Festival of India has also been expanded for the first time to include African and Latin American films in addition to Asian films. The festival opens with Brazilian film Olga directed by Jayme Monjardim and closes on December 4th with German Florian Gallenberger's Bengali-lingo film Shadows of Time.
But despite initial hiccups, Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane, said that Goa was now ready to host festivals other than IFFI. "We would also like to host the Children's Film festival here," he said adding that the moment the current IFFI ends, his government would start work on making the annual festival a self-sustaining event.