Movie lovers in the city can soon feast their eyes on over 170 internationally acclaimed films which will be screened at the first Kochi International Film Festival (KIFF) to be held from December 16 to 23.
Award-winning Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and his family will be the chief guests at the inaugural function.
Films will be screened at five theatres in the city — Saritha, Savitha, Sangeetha, Sridhar and Shenoys— from 9 a.m. onwards on all eight days of the fete.
Delegate passes priced at Rs.300 and student passes priced at Rs.150 are available at the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) office and office of the KIFF at Children’s Park. Free movie screenings for the public will be held at Marine Drive. The screenings will run in parallel with the fete.
The film festival will also pay homage to legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa who is known for his landmark films such as ‘Rashomon’, ‘The Lower Depths’ and ‘Throne of Blood’ made during a career that spanned over five decades. Ten movies of Kurosawa will be screened in a chronological order.
After each screening the director, producer, or actor of the movie will lead a discussion on the movie.
A jury comprising members of the media and headed by M.S. Sajeevan, secretary, Ernakulam Press Club, will select the best film of the fete. The award will be given away at the valedictory function.
“A major draw at the fete will be cine campus, a series of lectures by world renowned directors and technicians on the new trends and technical aspects of film making. The classes are aimed at creating awareness among youngsters of the immense possibilities of cinema,” said Suresh Maruthur, president of the Cochin Film Society.
The curtain raiser for the fete, a stage show by film personalities from South India, which was postponed due to the sudden demise of Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral would be held at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium before December 16, organisers said.
The fete, aimed at promoting Kochi as an international entertainment hub, is being organised by the district administration, Kochi Corporation, tourism department and Kochi Gateway Entertainment and Management Society, chaired by the Chief Minister.