CHENNAI: From the days of Chitradarshan and Chennai Film Society, which was started by the secretary of the Cine Technicians Association, S.V. Venkataraman, to the focussed film festival of today, filmmakers have come a long way in learning about movies and their making, actor Suhasini Maniratnam said here on Thursday.
Addressing the valedictory of the 7th Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), she called for a brainstorming session to discuss methods to improve the infrastructure for conducting such festivals.
For the Chennai film festival to be on a par with that being held in Kolkata or Thiruvananthapuram, it was necessary to have better infrastructure. She recalled that as youngsters they had few opportunities to watch films outside the film institute where they could watch films made by Goddard and Satyajit Ray.
Those who received awards at the festival had carved a niche for themselves as well as for Tamil cinema among the international audience, she said.
At the festival, nine Tamil films, including ‘Pokkisham,’ ‘Subramaniapuram,’ ‘Pasanga’ and ‘Achamundu Achamundu,’ were screened.
The special jury award went to cinematographer Rajesh Yadav for individual artistic contribution in ‘Pokkisham.’ The award included a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs.50,000.
‘Achamundu Achamundu’ directed by Arun Vaidyanathan received the best picture award for handling a very sensitive, little talked about the issue of child abuse. ‘Pasanga,’ directed by Pandiaraj, was adjudged the second best film screened at the festival.
Actor Revathi, a jury member, said Chennai had made a beginning by screening such films as part of a film festival. The sensitivity and a passion for good cinema was high in film festivals in Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram unlike in other places. She urged viewers to watch the films and enjoy them without passing comments and making noise.
A. Govindrajan, Director, Tripadam Logistics, who donated Rs.3 lakh towards the prize money, CIIF vice chairman S. Ve. Shekher, chairman B. Ramakrishnan, and patron S. Kannan spoke.