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Jury chairman Elia Suleiman to announce the awards in the competition section 14 films vie for honours; 220 screened in 13 sections

  • Chief Minister to present awards at the valedictory function
  • 14 films in the competition section

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Curtains will come down on the 11th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) on Friday evening. 220 films were screened in 13 sections at eight venues in the past week.

    IFFK jury chairman Elia Suleiman will announce the awards in the competition section. French critic Hubert Niogret would announce the award of Fipresci the International Federation of Film Critics. Filipino director Tikoy Aguilz will announce the award instituted by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Film Centre for the best Asian cinema.

    Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will present the awards at the valedictory function to be held at the Nisagandhi auditorium here. Noted filmmaker and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be honoured at the function.

    Awards for the best media reports on the festival and the audience award for the best film will be announced by V. Sivankutty, MLA. Law Minister M. Vijayakumar and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran would present the media awards and Mayor C. Jayan Babu, the audience award.

    Culture Minister M.A. Baby would preside over the function.

    Chalachitra Academy chairman K.R. Mohanan would present the report. Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) southern region secretary K.G. Mohan Kumar would offer felicitations.

    Culture Secretary Sarada Muralidharan would welcome the gathering and Academy secretary K.S. Sreekumar would propose a vote of thanks. A cultural programme organised by the Trivandrum Film Fraternity would also be presented.

    Audience can cast their votes for selecting the best film at Kairali, Sree and New theatres till 2 p.m. on Friday. Guests and mediapersons too can join the voting to select the best film. There were 14 films in the competition section including T.V. Chandran's Aadum Koothu and M.P. Sukumaran Nair's Drishtantham.But for the negligible lapses, the festival did not give room for complaints from the 6,101 delegates who came for the festival.

    Over the years, the festival has emerged as one of the main platforms of serious cinema. Fraternal organisations of Malayalam cinema and their members were actively involved in the conduct of the festival along with the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. All of them seemed to be keen on retaining the character of the festival and it lead to healthy discussions on the latest trends in world cinema.

    The Academy, as part of its efforts to take serious cinema to the marginalised sections, organised screenings of festival films at the Central Jail and the Juvenile Home and the Sri Chitra Poor Home. Screenings held at public places too were a big draw. The retrospectives, exhibition of paintings by P.N. Menon and a photo exhibition on the films of Adoor Gopalakrishnan were some of the highlights of the festival.