Demonetisation effect? Sharp drop in attendance at IFFI this year

He mentioned that there would be some difficulty till December 31,” Abhyankar said. By: IANS | Panaji |

Published:November 24, 2016 9:18 pm

Not only the state government has more than doubled the budget from Rs. “There are certain issues which also were flagged by Pradhan mantri-ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) when he announced the demonetisation. So this is not something which is unusual,” Abhyankar told a press conference at the event venue. 6 crores (2015) to over Rs. Normally, the difference between delegate registration and actual attendance at the event was around 1,500, said Ameya Abhyankar, Chief Executive Officer of the Entertainment Society of Goa, a state government agency responsible for the festival’s logistics. During an informal chat with reporters, he said people could have been deterred from attending the IFFI because of the ongoing “liquidity crisis” and that not all establishments accept credit/debit cards. This time round, 7,500 delegates had registered and around 4,000 delegates have picked up their ID cards. 13 crores this year, the Directorate of Film Festival (DFF) has also increased the number of screenings from 187 movies
Out of the 7,500-odd delegates who registered for the 47th edition of the IFFI in Goa, only 4,000 have actually turned up at the festival, with an official on Thursday suggesting that demonetisation could be one of the reasons for the drop in attendance. “There is a gap of around 1,000 to 1,500 between actual pick up and registration.