NEW DELHI: The International Film Festival of India ) will have a restructured two-tier jury system from this year with at least four to five regional juries.
Besides this, there would be an increase in the prize money of the awards and introduction of certain new sections like prizes for the Best Actor and Best Actress.
The new system was proposed by a committee of professional filmmakers headed by eminent director Shyam Benegal and the information and broadcasting ministry has accepted the recommendations.
“This way the regional cinema will get a much bigger recognition,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Ambika Soni told reporters here on Friday.
The committee has made a number of other suggestions as well, some of which have been accepted by the ministry, including making the competition section a global section, she said.
The ministry will continue to hold small film festivals across the country. “The idea is that all award winning films are taken to different parts of the country.”
While these were part of the interim proposals, the committee has asked for one more month to fine-tune their suggestions and submit them, she said.
The minister also announced that a Kamal Hasan retrospective will be held in the capital from July 2 and the actor himself is expected to attend it.
Ms Soni said that the ministry has decided to have regional meetings beginning July in all states to address various issues relating to the ministry like accreditation and flagship programmes for rural areas of these states.
The first meeting would be held on July 13 in Guwahati while the second will be held in the same month in Chandigarh.