Curtain Raises for the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala
IFFK has now emerged as the biggest festival not just in the country, but even in Asia, considering the number of delegate registrations.
Although it does not have the glitz and glam of other famous international festivals, nothing can beat the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in the people’s support it has garnered during the two decade-old history. It could nurture a community of ardent film buffs across the state and influence the people’s perspectives on this art form.
“I was a participant in the first edition of the festival as a delegate, watching cinema over the full length of the festival. The festival has gone through drastic changes. In the beginning, only a select category of people participated in it. Now, the nature of participation has changed. People from all walks of life come to the festival now. The government and the Chalachitra Academy are determined to take IFFK to more people. No other state governments in India organises such an event,” said Sunil Kumar, the Agriculture Minister during the curtain-raiser of the 21st edition of IFFK held at Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
To mark the 21 years of IFFK, the Minister released 21 balloons into the sky. Actor P.Sreekumar unveiled the official posters of the festival. ‘The participation of the artists in Malayalam cinema industry is really important’, said film director T K Rajeev Kumar.
Chalachitra Academy chairman and film director Kamal said that IFFK has now emerged as the biggest festival not just in the country, but even in Asia, considering the participation. Academy vice chairperson and Artistic Director of the festival Bina Paul was also present at the function. The event had a grand ending with the performance by the Kerala-based music-band ‘Oorali’ and the screening of the movie ‘Ottal’, directed by the award winning filmmaker Jayaraj.