Film-maker Joshy Mathew, who won this year’s national award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation for his movie ‘Black Forest’, has said that he was yet to find an exhibitor for his film. Even the cinemas run by Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) are unable to screen award winning films, he said.

Ëven the cinema halls run by Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) are unable to exhibit off beat films, he said. During his search for the KSFDC facility for exhibition, he was informed that that all the 12 cinema halls operated by the Corporation have been booked for mainstream, star studded cinemas, Mr Joshy said.

Recent developments like satellite rights have made film making a comparatively safer bet financially, he said but pointed out that the audience who want to watch off beat films and award winning films are denied their right. Ãt least the government theatres should ear mark one week for award winning movies,’’ he said.

He said ‘Black Forest’ was the result of the anguish over the fast depleting forest cover and the confidence that the younger generation can contribute a lot in

reversing the trend. The film will be screened at Habitat Film Festival and Lucknow International Film Festival for Children, he said.