The Open Forum at the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) on Tuesday discussed the topic ‘Promotion of Indian regional films.'
Film critic and director of Rotterdam Film Festival Rada Sesic, Mexican film critic Rusa Carillo, film critic and coordinator Uma de Cunha, filmmakers Leena Manimekalai and Nirupama Sundar, Greek producer and critic James Mimicos, and Kerala State Chalachitra Academy executive member Sasi Paravoor were the panellists at the Open Forum.
Ms. de Cunha said Indian films were much in demand in the international film festival circuit. She said filmmakers from India should be very selective while choosing film festivals to send their entries.
“Every film festival has its own character. A filmmaker should be able to know where his film could be prominently showcased,” she said.
Ms. Sesic said regional film institutions and academies played an important role in promoting regional films. She said filmmakers had to be honest about their work and about themselves while sending films to festivals.
Mr. Sasi said the academy would soon launch a website for the promotion of new Malayalam films.
Leena Manimekalai, director of Tamil film Sengadal, said film festivals helped directors of off-beat films by providing a platform to showcase their work and to meet people from around the world. “In fact, as of now, film festivals are the only avenue where our kind of films can get an audience,” she said.
When asked to comment on the Mullaperiyar issue, Ms. Manimekalai said, “We must come up with solutions that ensure safety for Kerala and water for Tamil Nadu. This can be attained only through peaceful discussions.”