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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Regional cinema in the doldrums

Shoestring budgets, falling audience interest plague producers
-They solely rely on calls from film festivals to be screened
-Films on social issues get insufficient media coverage

Panaji: Faced with shoestring promotional budgets, unsympathetic exhibitors and dwindling audiences, regional films, particularly art films, now solely rely on film festivals, both domestic and international, to get screened, filmmakers said.
A revival
The Konkani film industry in Goa is seeing a revival after 20 years.
A Goan film producer, Rajendra Talak, said the revival was possible due to support from the State Government. He had premiered two Konkani films at the IFFI held in Goa last year.
He felt that other State Governments must emulate Goa, which recently unveiled a financial assistance scheme that gives subsidies and bonus points for regional films. The abundance of prints of films from other languages is the biggest challenge for Kannada film producers, T. S. Nagabharna, producer and director of Kannada film "Kallarali Hoovagi," said.

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