Goa opens up competition

Intl. Film Festival of India adds acting awards

LONDON — The Intl. Film Festival of India in Goa has opened up its competition section to films from all parts of the world.

Until now, entries were restricted to films from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The competition was open to all until 1988 when it was scrapped after complaints about the quality of entries. It was restarted in 1995.

The fest is also introducing best actor and actress categories, India’s minister for information and broadcasting Ambika Soni announced Saturday.

The changes follow recommendations made by an expert committee that the minister formed last year to look at ways to improve the festival.

Soni also formed a committee to look into improving the Indian national film awards. On their suggestion, there will now be a two-tier jury system with five regional juries shortlisting films for a national jury to consider.

Total prize money will nearly treble to $435,000 from the existing $150,000.

The 41st edition of the fest runs Nov. 22-Dec. 2.

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