Asked if the MIFF organisers would be, like the IFFI, deterring Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from registering for the Mumbai festival, which is the largest and oldest festival for non-feature films in South Asia.

Sharma said: "Here also they must be doing it for some reason I don't know. They are filmmakers, they are welcome (at MIFF)".

Sharma, who is also the director general of the Mumbai-based Films Division of india, said that there would be no excessive scrutiny of the FTII registering at the MIFF. MIFF is organised by the Films Division of India under the aegis of the ministry for information and broadcasting.

FTII sympathisers also started a two-day parallel film festival, featuring films made by students, in protest against IFFI, a short distance from the venue of the international event.

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