Don’t bother with advance booking this IFFI…

The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has come up with a novel system for delegates attending the film festival this year. By allowing people who queue up just 15 minutes before the start of a film entry into the theatre, they’ve made the advance booking system virtually redundant. So why bother queuing up to book in advance when you can just walk in and take any seat you please?

Quoting from the rules on the printed ticket ESG CEO Manoj Srivastava said: “For ticket holders, seating is guaranteed only until 15 minutes of the commencement of the scheduled screening in the respective theatre.”
If one wants to be a stickler for the rules, however, and a laudable aim it is, well then, take a closer look: The rules also state specifically that you cannot get into the film theatre without a ticket, that the ticket is non-transferrable and that you can only occupy the seat marked on the ticket. That however has not been the experience of journalists covering the event. People walking in without tickets are sitting just anywhere they please ~ even in the rows allotted to those covering the event.
“What do you want us to do? So many seats will go vacant when people don’t turn up,” Srivastava says. A longtime IFFI buff said that while delegates who want to watch a film should certainly be allowed into the cinema hall when those who’ve booked have failed to turn up, equally, those who’ve queued up and taken the trouble to book should be allowed to occupy their seat up until five minutes before the start of a film. Added a reporter from a local paper: One can’t expect media people rushing around to waste 15 minutes warming their seats! What about those watching films back to back? [H]