A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the state govenment and the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after the official announcement.

Javadekar, who was in Goa to oversee the arrangements for the 11-day festival which begins on 20th November, said "With Goa's peculiar culture and the very hospitable atmosphere here, Goa will soon become an international film festival venue like Cannes and other venues" .

He further said, "The ad-hoc arrangement of hosting IFFI in Goa has now been officially made permanent. Henceforth Goa will host the IFFI”.

The festival was first shifted to Goa during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime in 2004.

While the festival has been held in Goa every successive year since 2004, it was only an ad-hoc arrangement between the state and the central authorities renewed every year, before being formalized on Wednesday.

Javadekar further said that the move to make the festival a permanent affair in Goa, would result in a lot of onus being put on the state as far as organization and deciding on film festival content is concerned.

He said that a new section of Konkani and Marathi cinema will be included this year, along with a separate section on northeastern cinema.

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