Cabinet amends norms governing State film awards

The State Cabinet has amended the bylaw for the State film awards and enhanced the prize money.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the director of the best film and the one adjudged the best director would get Rs.2 lakh each. The director of the second best film and its producer would get Rs.1.5 lakh each. The prize money for the director of the best children’s film and the best debut director would get lakh each. The best actors, male and female, would also get Rs.1 lakh each, the Chief Minister said.

A new award of Rs.50,000 had been instituted for screenplay (adaptation). New awards of Rs.50,000 each had been instituted for live sound recording and sound designing. The Cabinet decided to do away with the best director award for children’s film, award for best comedian, short fiction, and documentary films.

The awards for the second best male and female actors have been renamed as best male and female character actors and the prize money fixed at Rs.50,000 each. Separate awards had been instituted for male and female child artistes and the prize money fixed at Rs.50,000.

The best story writer, cameraman, scenarist, lyricist, music director, background score, male and female playback singers, editor, art director, sound mixing, processing laboratory, colourist, makeup man, costumer, male and female dubbing artiste, and choreographer would get Rs.50,000 each. The producer and director of the film with artistic value and mass appeal would get Rs.1 lakh each, Mr. Chandy said.

The judging panel would comprise 10 members, including the chairman. Eighty per cent of the members should have sound footing in Malayalam. The jury would have at least three directors and as many technicians. The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Secretary, who would be the member-secretary of the jury, would not have voting powers. If the number of entries exceeded 40, the chairman should form subcommittees to make a preliminary selection. Each subcommittee should compulsorily have a director and a technician. The maximum number of entries they could recommend for the final selection would be 21. But the chairman or five members together could recall entries rejected by the subcommittees in addition to the 21 selected films.

The jury should again watch films selected for the final round. The quorum for the preview for the final selection and final meeting of the jury, including the academy secretary, would be eight. Those submitting entries would need to file an affidavit on a Rs.100 stamp paper that decisions of the jury would not be challenged. Entries should be submitted in digital format which could be screened without any hitch.

Applications for the award should be submitted by the producer with an application fees of Rs.5,000. Mistakes in forms could be corrected before the award declaration by informing the academy secretary in writing.

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