CHENNAI: State Minister for Information and Special Programme Implementation KT Rajenthra Bhalaji on Thursday said that the Tamil Nadu government would grant Rs 50 lakh for the 12th edition of Chennai International Film Festival.
The occasion being the inaugural of the festival, also brought together the who’s who of Tamil cinema like veteran directors J Mahendran and P Vasu, producer Rajkumar Sethupathi, actor-politician R Sarathkumar and E Thangaraj, festival director and general secretary of Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), besides a host of actors, technicians and budding filmmakers.
Speaking at the event, Mahendran said film festivals should not be restricted only to Chennai.
“When a movie is being released in theatres, even rural folks watch it and they are also a part of the success. So, these festivals should cater to them,” said the Mullum Malarum director.
Sarathkumar said that this was the first time the CIFF had movie producers as one of its sponsors.
Featuring more than 160 films from over 40 countries, the eight-day festival will see movies screened at Woodlands complex, Inox theatres, Casino and the Russian Culture Centre.