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CURTAINS COME DOWN: Saeed Mirza, film director, addresses the valedictory function of the Thrissur International Film Festival 2006 on Monday.
CURTAINS COME DOWN: Saeed Mirza, film director, addresses the valedictory function of the Thrissur International Film Festival 2006 on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Thrissur International Film Festival concludes; plan to build an open-air auditorium

THRISSUR: The Thrissur International Film Festival (TIFF) concluded here on Monday with a call to support films which dwell on dreams and pains of ordinary people. The noted director Saeed Akhtar Mirza, in his concluding address, said many of the recent developments in the cinema world and outside "make me feel that somewhere along the line we are losing our sense of balance.''

``But when I see the films in the festivals like the TIFF, I feel sanity is returning, because those films are able to focus on the agonies and aspirations of the ordinary people,'' Mr. Mirza said.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, who presided over the concluding session, said the State Government and the corporation will together work out schemes for supporting more cultural activities in Thrissur. A meeting would be convened next week to discuss the schemes.

He said there was a need to build a permanent open-air auditorium in Thrissur to hold film festivals and other programmes on an annual basis.

Mayor R. Bindu; Rajaji Mathew Thomas, MLA; district panchayat president Sreekumar and the film directors Kamal, Siby Malayil and P.T. Kunjumuhammed were among those who spoke on the occasion. In all, 93 films, including documentaries, short films and feature films, both from within the country and outside, were screened during the seven-day festival.

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