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KOZHIKODE: Fresh talent in not just acting but in various other departments of filmmaking were discovered at the Kerala State Children's Educational Film Festival.

Young talent: Still from a movie screened at the festival. Photo: Special Arrangement
Young talent: Still from a movie screened at the festival. Photo: Special Arrangement

At a time when the Malayalam movie industry is facing a deep crisis involving producers, technicians and theatre owners, the Kerala State Children's Educational Film Festival held in Kozhikode recently announced the arrival of fresh talent into the field, that would set the standard of Malayalam films in the coming days.

The film festival was organised by the State Department of Education's Institute of Educational Technology and screened 138 films of which 33 were completely made by children while the rest were made by adults for the children. The competitions were held in four categories, primary, secondary, senior secondary and Block Resource Centre category.

At the end, it was “Daivasoothram”, a 30-minute video film produced by the National Service Scheme (NSS) students of CKNSGHSS at Peelikkode in Kasaragod district that won the Chief Minister's Trophy and Rs.1 lakh cash award for the best film. T.K. Nibisha won the best director award for the film and the best actor award was won by its lead actor, Dinkar Lal.


“Daivasoothram”, which stole the attention of viewers by visualising the impact of disappearing hillocks, also came first in the senior secondary school level with four awards in scripting, direction, camera, and set designing. When P.V. Nayana and Upesh Cheemeni won individual awards for the best scripting and camera work, the NSS volunteers of the school secured the best set designer award.

“Paranjilla Kettuvo”, a 30-minute film produced by the Karayad ALP School, bagged the Education Minister's Trophy and Rs.50,000 cash award for the best movie produced for children by elders. The film, directed by Maneesh Yatra, was also adjudged the best film in the primary school category. It visualised the struggle of tiny tots craving for the attention of the adults. Leedha of Kaniyapuram block resource centre (BRC) won the best actress award in the section for “Ten, Nine, Eight” directed by R.V. Rahul Raj.



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