New Jersey to host Marathi film festival in October: Organiser

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) New Jersey will see its first Marathi film festival in October this year, media professional Sanjay Shetye said here.

Shetye, promoter of Goa Marathi Film festival (GMMF), which is held here annually, said a New Jersey edition of the festival would be held in October this year.

“There is such a big Marathi-speaking population in New Jersey. We are moving there in October,” Shetye, who operates Vinsan World, a media company, told IANS.

The festival, Shetye said, would be held in conjunction with Marathi-speaking associations located in New York and New Jersey.

The GMMF, which gets underway in Goa June 28, is now in its sixth edition, he said, adding that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would be attending the inaugural ceremony this year.

“Marathi cinema’s most expensive film ‘Duniyadari’, directed by Sanjay Jadhav, will be premiered here in Goa,” Shetye said, adding that the film festival would also have several workshops and panel discussions conducted by specialists on topics ranging from tapping funds via crowd sourcing to imparting tips on how to promote films on the global film festival circuit.

Goa is already home to the International Film Festival of India, an annual event organised by the union ministry for information and broadcasting in association with the state government.

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