Monday, December 24, 2007

All set for the closing ceremony of the 12th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala

The current edition of the IFFK ,which attracted thousands of film enthusiasts of younger age and film lovers of serious genre, will conclude today at the Nishagandhi auditorium . But raising a note of caution, a large number of delegates said the festival would make a lasting impact only if there was follow-up action at multiple levels. Two issues that require urgent attention are initiating production of good films and evolving effective mechanisms to reach them to the discerning within the country and outside. The fact is that we always speak about the past and not updating and adapting drastic changes in the media and its appreciation.Film makers are totally ignorant about the changes in the social realities.They are still living in the world of dreams and moneymaking. As filmmaker Miguel Littin said recently: “If you continue to do what you have been doing in the 1960s, or ’70s or ’80s or ’90s in this decade also, there is the danger that you will end up living in the past.” Sri V.S Achuthanandan ,Chief Minister of Kerala will inaugurate the ceremony in the presence of Mammooty ,Murali and Suresh Gopi . Awards will be declared by the respective juries.The awards are the Golden Crow Pheasant Award ,Suvarna Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 1,000,000/- (about US$20,000) to the best feature film to be shared equally by the director and the producer.The Silver Crow Pheasant Award ,Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 300,000/- (about US$6,000) to the best director.Best Debut Film Award,Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 200,000/- (about US$ 4,000) to the best debut director.Audience Prize ,Rajata Chakoram and cash prize of Rs. 100,000 (about US$ 2,000) to the Director of the most popular film voted by the festival delegates.FIPRESCI Award ,A FIPRESCI Award for the best film chosen by the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique.The competition section is restricted to films produced in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Netpac Award ,Netpac award goes to the best film in the competition section from Asia. This year there are two more awards from the fipresci and the Netpac who separately award the best Malayalam films at the festival.

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