Trivandrum: The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2016) will be held from 9th to 16th December at Trivandrum. This year 184 films from 62 countries will be screened. The event will be witnessing around 13,000 delegates and 490 screenings are planned.
A competition section the films from Asia, Africa and Latin America is the main attraction of the IFFK 2016 which is exclusively meant for films completed after 1st September 2015.The best feature film will be granted prize money of Rs.15 lakhs (US $ 30,000) and the Golden Crow Pheasant award. Best director, best debut director, best international film, best Asian films are other awards up for grabs.
On the lines of the IFFK 2016, the Chalachithra Academy organizes an international documentary and short film festival as well. The festival has a section devoted to Malayalam films as well apart from national and international films section.
Two Malayalam films have been chosen for international competition section of 2016 film festival. They are Vidhu Vincent’s Manhole and Kaadu Pookkunna Neram by Dr. Biju. The Indian films selected for international competition section are Bengali movie Chitrokar the last mural directed by Saibal Mitra and Assamese movie Midnight Keteki by Santwana Bardoloi.
Two Tamil films and one Hindi, Khaasi, Manipuri, Marathi and Kannada each have been selected the ‘Indian cinema now’ category.
The 21st International Film festival of Kerala brings to limelight the harsh realities of migration and displacement. Most of the films incorporated in various categories share the themes of endless struggle of human displacement and migration. In addition to this, there is an exclusive package which shows the various phases of human life with distinct focus on their struggle for survival and existence.
IFFK reaches out to all kinds of viewers and is getting popular with each passing year. The increasing number of delegates is a clear indication of this trend .Apart visitors other parts of the state, country and abroad, IFFK is really a feast serious movie goers of the Trivandrum city as quality films faraway lands are coming to their doorstep.
The Kerala State Chalachithra Academy (the motion picture academy of Kerala state) organizes this film festival every year in November/December Academy on behalf of Cultural Affairs Department of the Kerala government.
IFFK 2016 has also decided to play the National Anthem before screening each and every film falling in-line with the recent Supreme Court verdict demanding the same.