Regional IFFK concludes – The Hindu

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KOCHI

The five-day International Regional Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy ended here on Tuesday.

A total of 69 films were screened in Sarita, Savitha and Kavitha cinemas. The films were selected from the best works presented at the IFFK held in Thiruvananthapuram.

Films by female directors have been well received by moviegoers. Some of the films that have earned plaudits include Clara Sola by Nathalie Alvarez Mesen; Chez Mounia Akl Costa Brava, Lebanon; Tara Ramanujan Nishiddho; At Kamila Andini’s yuni; and Hava, Maryam, Ayesha by Sahraa Karimi.

The regional IFFK has also sparked discussions on whether Kochi could be a permanent venue for holding the IFFK. Although Culture Minister Saji Cherian refrained from commenting, he said the regional festival would take place next year.

As evidenced by the IFFK in Thiruvananthapuram, the regional stage of the festival has become the site of new discussions on the need to set up an internal complaints committee in filming locations and trade bodies of the Malayalam film industry. The excessive delay in the implementation of a law aimed at solving the various problems of the industry has also been the subject of criticism.

Mr. Cheriyan said his department would complete the bill within a month. But there was no clarity on when the law would go into effect as he cited the procedure for seeking Cabinet approval and the final sign off from the State Assembly.

Malayalam film industry trade bodies have been active in ensuring the smooth running of the festival. Representatives from the Kerala Film Chamber, Malayalam Cine Technicians Association, Film Employees’ Federation of Kerala and producer and exhibitor associations have joined the academy in the process.

The open forum held at the Sarita Theater saw the enthusiastic participation of delegates and members of the film fraternity.

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