The venue had to be shifted to Children's park theatre as major theatre owners insisted that they had to screen regular films for the Christmas season.

The Kochi International Film Festival was moved to the Children’s Park theatre in the city on Friday, where it will continue till the event concludes on Sunday.

Films were screened at the Saritha theatre complex and Sreedhar theatre on the first five days of the festival. The venue had to be shifted as theatre owners insisted that they had to screen regular films for the Christmas season.

The Children’s Park theatre, which can accommodate just about 100 people, was packed to capacity on Friday. Some even had to stand on the sides to watch the films. Viewers were seen craning their necks to catch the subtitles of the foreign films as the screen here is level with the seating area.

A few of the regulars who attended the festival on the first five days decided to give the smaller theatre a miss. Those who made it to the screenings went home impressed with some of the films shown.

A master class on cinema by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf was held as part of the festival at the EMS Town Hall here on Friday morning.

The internationally renowned director put the 30-odd participants through the paces of film making. “The class was excellent are very useful for young filmmakers and enthusiasts,” said Jayan J., a film professional.

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