DEC 7-13, 2018
The first edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala was held in 1996 in Kozhikode. Until 1998, the festival was conducted by the Kerala State Film Development Corporation. In 1999, the Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers Associations officially recognized the festival and a competition section was added. This is the only festival to hold screenings in a prison, a juvenile home and a home for the poor. Currently, the festival is organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala.
The 23rd edition of the festival will see Meghachandra Kongbam, a member of the International Federation of Film Critics, as one of the jury members. A special section will be dedicated to survival stories, to focus on the survivors of the Kerala floods in August 2018. There will also be a Malayalam retrospective on Lenin Rajendran, Malayalam filmmaker and chairman of the Kerala State Film Development. Several cultural events will be a part of the festival.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FILMS
This section screens films only from the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon
Set in Old Delhi, the film speaks about daily wage workers, homeless migrants, pickpockets and many others crammed into the small city, and how, as each event unfolds, it merges dreams and reality. Directed by Anamika Haskar, the film features Raghubir Yadav, Gopalan and Lokkesh Jain, among others.
This section also includes
Ee. Ma. Yau.
INDIAN CINEMA NOW
This Bengali film, directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, revolves around a village mechanic and his dream of flying. As he begins rebuilding a crashed Japanese plane, a series of life-threatening events begin to unfold. Chandan Roy Sanyal, Parno Mitra and Sudipto Chatterjee lead the cast.
The other films to be screened in this section include:
Ami O Manohar
Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum
MALAYALAM CINEMA TODAY
Debutant director Soubin Shahir’s film centres on two teenage boys and a pigeon fight, a local game of Mattanchery. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan in a prominent role. The film also features Amal Shah, Govind V Pai and Shane Nigam.
Along with Parava, this section will showcase films like:
The awards given out at the film festival include Suwarna Chakoram for The Best Film, Rajatha Chakoram for The Best Director, Rajatha Chakoram for The Best Debut Director, Audience Prize Rajata Chakoram, Fipresci Award: Best International Film, Fipresci Award: Best Malayalam Film, Netpac Award: Best Asian Film and Netpac Award: Best Malayalam Film.
There is also the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award given to a stalwart from any industry across the globe for outstanding contribution to the field of cinema.
Aravindan Memorial Lecture
This is a segment dedicated to filmmaker and cartoonist G Aravindan. His films were a reflection of an amoral society, its hypocrisy and dubious double standards. Filmmakers from different countries are invited to talk about the society, their journey, their body of work and the industry.
– Titas Chowdhury