India fest homes in on Goa

Country strongly promoting locale at Cannes

NEW DELHI — India’s west coast state of Goa will host the 35th Intl. Film Festival of India in November and become its permanent home after 34 years on the move.

“The need to fix a destination was keenly felt by the film industry and the ministry so I am happy to (make) a decision,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The site chosen for the main festival auditorium complex has run into trouble, however. The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority claims the semipermanent constructions planned will violate environmental rules.

The matter has been handed to the Environment Ministry to review; the Goa government is already looking for an alternative location for this year while the matter is resolved.

India is strongly promoting Goa as a destination for filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival.

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