JIFF-2018: Bull attack on Argentine tourist scares international movie producers
Some movie producers refuse to visit Jaipur to attend JIFF-2018 citing safety concerns. The Argentine tourist was killed in a bull attack on November 19.
Jaipur: The incident of a bull killing an Argentine tourist on a public road in Jaipur has not only embarrassed the civic authorities, but also become a blot on the city’s image as an international tourist destination.
Some foreign movie producers refused to come to Jaipur citing security concerns despite their films being selected for screening in the Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF-2018).
Organizers have received emails and messages from some movie producers stating that the safety was a concern for them as stray bulls are killing pedestrians on public roads.
An Argentine national, identified as John Pablo, who was visiting Jaipur on a tourist visa was killed in a bull attack near Tadeshwar temple in the Walled City on November 19. The Argentine was a graphic designer and had been part of movies like Fast and Furious 7 and Guardians of Galaxy.
The embarrassed Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) officers suspended three officials and removed two others from duty for their alleged negligence in dealing with the menace of stray animals on public roads, but the damage was done. The action apparently has done little assure foreign tourists of their safety while visiting Jaipur.
One of the movie producers who refused to come to Jaipur for attending the fest is Angela Robinson from the UK. Her documentary feature film – ‘Curtesy – Mister’ was selected for screening in the fest. Angela is an actress, a film director and also a screenplay writer.
The fest started on Saturday. The organizers received 2019 films entries from 101 countries and of them, selected 136 films for screening. They include 24 feature Films, nine documentary feature films; nine short documentary feature films, 73 short fictions, nine animation films, five mobile films and seven web series.
Seminars and special sessions are also being conducted
On the last day of JIFF-2018 on January 10, 47 Awards would be declared in eight distinguished categories.
Registration was opened at Golcha Cinema on Saturday. Registration fee to participate in activities and watch films is Rs 500, while for one day it is – Rs 100, and for one show it is Rs 50.