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20th International Film Festival of Kerala 2015
The 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala on 4th to 11th December 2015

 

 

 

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SUWARNACHAKORAM (Golden Crow Pheasant Award)
OTTAAL directed by Jayaraj

CITATION: For its cinematic language interweaving local and planetary concerns; human kinds relationships to nature and nurture and child human rights – all grounded in a deep honest connection to culture and place.

 

AUDIENCE PRIZE RAJATHA CHAKORAM (Silver Crow Pheasant Award)
OTTAAL directed by Jayaraj

 

 

RAJATHA CHAKORAM (Silver Crow Pheasant Award)

 

BEST DIRECTOR: Jun Robles Lana (SHADOW BEHIND THE MOON)


CITATION: For his daring mise-en scene and brave use of limited space

 


BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR : Abu Shahed Emon (JALAL'S STORY)

 


CITATION: For his common place folkloric tale of an abandoned river child and misplaced superstitions.

 

FIPRESCI AWARD

 

BEST FILM : OTTAAL (Jayaraj)

 


CITATION: For a simple but beautifully shot film. Based on a Chakov short story, which covers both the exploitation of children and the fabulous environment of the Keralan countryside.


BEST MALAYALAM FILM : ‘OZHIVUDIVASATHE KALI (Sanalkumar Sasidharan)

 


CITATION :  For an intensely naturalistic study of five friends on a drunken space who reveal the dark side of macho posturing


NETPAC AWARD

 

BEST MALAYALAM FILM : OTTAAL (Jayaraj)


For 'Beauty of expression, humility of life & complexities of emotion and for encapsulating the tragedies inherent in humanity.'


BEST ASIAN FILM : YONA (Nir Bergman)

 


For 'Helping Yona Wallach live her words, for allowing a peak into the life of a complex, creative genius and for adding a distinct flavour to the art of documenting and preserving'

 

 

JURY SPECIAL MENTION

Kumarakom Vasudevan , Actor of film OTTAAL

 


CITATION: For his spiritual and and authentic performance as grandfather in the film OTTAL , ( The Trap)

 

Tagore theatre, which was introduced this year as the festival’s main hub, won best theatre for its aesthetic quality, while New Theatre Screen 1 won for best technical quality.

 

The awards for top print reporting went to Mathrubhumi reporter N P Murakeekrishnan and Kerala Kaumudi chief reporter Kovalam Satheeshkumar won a Special Jury award.


Asianet News Special Reporter Lekshmi Padma won for Visual Media reporting, while Doordarshan News reporter Sam Kadamanitta got a special mention.

 

Manorama Online took the Online Media award. The Radio Awards for reporting went to All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram and Club FM.

 

 
 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 


Legendary Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui, whose film package was shown in the festival’s Retrospective segment, was honoured with the IFFK’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award for lifetime achievement carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a memento and an official citation.

FEFKA MASTER'S AWARD

 


Mehrjui presented the Film Employees Federation of Kerala’s (FEFKA) inaugural ‘Master’s award’ to avant garde Malayalam filmmaker K G George. The Iranian director also presented the prize to the signature film winner Shri Shameer Babu.

 
 

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Malayalam film Ottal sweeps all IFFK awards

Thiruvananthapuram, December 11: Director R Jayaraj’s Ottal (The Trap) made history, sweeping all the top awards, including the ‘audience poll’ award, at the 20th International Film Festival of India (IFFK).

 

Guest of honour Governor Justice Shri P Sathasivam awarded the coveted Suvarna Chakoram, the Best Film of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) jury, the Best Malayalam film of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) jury and the audience poll awards to Jayaraj at the closing ceremony function in Nishagandhi today. The Suvarna Chakoram consists of a Rs 15 lakh cash award, certificate and memento.

 

The citation stated that Ottal, already a winner in the National and State film awards, took the top prize for “its strong cinematic language, interweaving local and planetary concerns; humankind’s relationship to nature and nurture and child human right—all grounded in a deep honest connection to culture and place”.

 

Newcomers Shine Tom Chacko and Kumarakom Vasudevan, a fisherman, got a Jury’s Special Mention for their roles in Ottal.

 

“It is often felt that Kerala is not only God’s Own Country, but the favourite foster land of a variety of arts, so it is little wonder that it has produced notable names in filmmaking,” said Shri Sathasivam. “The film festival provides an opportunity for film lovers to see films from around the world and thereby get a feel for lifestyles around the world.”

 

The Rajatha Chakoram for Best Director was awarded to Jun Robles Lana for the Filipino film Shadow Behind the Moon. It consists of a cash award of Rs 4 lakh, certificate and memento.

 

The Rajatha Chakoram for Best Debut Director was awarded to Bangladeshi director Abu Shahed Emon for Jalal’s Story. It consists of a cash award of Rs 3 lakh, certificate and memento.

 

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s small-budget film, An Off-Day Game, took the FIPRESCI award for Best Malayalam Film.
Israeli film Yona won the NETPAC Best Asian film award.

 

The closing ceremony was attended by leader of the Opposition Shri V S Achuthanandan, Minister for Cinema Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, and secretary (Cultural Affairs) Smt Rani George.

 

“We have to make a better effort to market Malayalam films internationally,” said Shri Achuthanandan. “The government should also implement the recommendations of the Adoor Gopalakrishnan Committee report.

 

Shri Thiruvanchoor commended the relationship that the delegates share with the IFFK that made the festival a success. “When the festival reaches its 25th year, we hope to accommodate 25,000 delegates,” said the Minister. “We have already had a discussion with key players in the film industry to discuss the better marketing of Malayalam films.”

 

Legendary Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui, whose film package was shown in the festival’s Retrospective segment, was honoured with the IFFK’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award for lifetime achievement carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a memento and an official citation.
Mehrjui presented the Film Employees Federation of Kerala’s (FEFKA) inaugural ‘Master’s award’ to avant garde Malayalam filmmaker K G George. The Iranian director also presented the prize to the signature film winner Shri Shameer Babu.

 

Tagore theatre, which was introduced this year as the festival’s main hub, won best theatre for its aesthetic quality, while New Theatre Screen 1 won for best technical quality.

 

The awards for top print reporting went to Mathrubhumi reporter N P Murakeekrishnan and Kerala Kaumudi chief reporter Kovalam Satheeshkumar won a Special Jury award. Asianet News Special Reporter Lekshmi Padma won for Visual Media reporting, while Doordarshan News reporter Sam Kadamanitta got a special mention.

 

Manorama Online took the Online Media award. The Radio Awards for reporting went to All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram and Club FM.
Ottal was screened at Nishagandhi and Tagore Theatre at the end of the closing ceremony. NETPAC winner Yona was screen at Kalabhavan.


 
9-DEC-2015

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8-DEC-2015

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7-DEC-2015

Master Classes by Gireesh Kasarvalli on My Idioms & Perspectives

 

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7-DEC-2015

Open Forum

 

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M S Sathyu, Beena Paul, Gireesh Kasaravally, K R Mohanan, Rajeev Nadh And B Ajith Kumar

 

 

 

 

 
7-DEC-2015

Panel Discussion on 'Piracy and Original Creation'

 

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Panel Discussion on 'Piracy and Original Creation',
Lohitha Sujith, Suresh Kumar, B Unnikrishnan, Jabbar Patel, G. P. Vijayakumar, IG Piracy Cell

Bauddhayan Mukherji (The violin player) , Prakash vk(Nirnaayakam) , Jamshed Raza Mahmood- moor at Press Meet

 

 

 

 

 
7-DEC-2015

Press Meet

 

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Bauddhayan Mukherji (The violin player) , Prakash vk(Nirnaayakam) , Jamshed Raza Mahmood- moor at Press Meet

 

 

 

 

 
7-DEC-2015

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6-DEC-2015

Aravindan Memorial Lecture

 

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“Global Audience” at the Aravindan Memorial Lecture at Tagore Theatre.

The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the biggest audience festival, is the venue of choice for international programmers who are scouting for films for their own events, said former Chairman of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Ms Claire Dobbin.She was speaking on the “Global Audience” at the Aravindan Memorial Lecture at Tagore Theatre. The erudite session, pointed to the importance of film festivals by tracing their history and evolution, and the global political, cultural and economic impact that they leave.

“Film festivals offer a very different viewing experience focussed on bringing the best of new world cinema, rather than box office hits, to audiences,” said the Australian script advisor/editor, who was also chief mentor at an IFFK workshop for young film professionals. “And while the rise of digital cinema came as a threat to festivals, the shared cinema experience that the latter offers cannot be substituted.”This was most true of Kerala, she averred. “The excitement among audiences at the opening night screening of Jean-Jacques Annaud’sWolf Totem was palpable,” she noted. Pointing to the example of Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, which famously evaded going ‘straight to DVD’ thanks to winning the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival, Ms Dobbin said that film festivals, which can deliver global audiences, bestow an iconic status to a film and are creators of success. “They are portals of new talent and predictors of new directions in cinema,” she said. Film festivals are also major players in political debate and a powerful forum for discussing social, cultural, economic and political issues. MIFF once faced a strong outside attempt at shutdown, she reminisced.

“We were completely unprepared for the response that we got for screening a documentary on activists in north west China in 2009,” she said. “Our ticketing site was hacked every day and all the Chinese filmmakers withdrew from the festival.” But the organisers did not back down and the audience willingly queued up for hours to watch films.  “The attempt to close us down backfired and we received global support for our spirited response and our freedom to choose the films that we wanted to screen.” Only a film festival can screen films with dangerous ideas, she said.Festival Advisory Committee Chairman Shri Shaji N Karun was present at the lecture.

 

 

 
6-DEC-2015

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5-DEC-2015

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20th International Film Festival of Kerala Inauguration

French filmmaker Laurent Larivi, Shakhwan Idris (Kurdish), Daniel Molro (Peru), Hadi Mohaghesh (Iran) during the interactive session named 'Meet the directors' at Tagore theatre premises (Sitting from left to right)

 

 
5-DEC-2015

In Conversation with Julio Bressane

 

20th International Film Festival of Kerala Inauguration

Renowned Brazilian director Julio Bressane noted that the biggest challenge a filmmaker faces is to overcome political influences and impediments.

“I believe that it was the political moves to influence me and my cinema,” said the director, one of the foremost faces of the cinema marginal movement in Brazil, during an ‘In Conversation With’ session at Tagore Theatre today. Film scholar Pradeep Biswas hosted the session.

Bressane, the International Jury Chairman of the 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), said, “I have struggled a lot with cinema organisations like ‘Cinema Novo’ in Brazil who tried to define society. But I was keen in individuals and hence my movies were marginalised.”

The scholarly director explained about poetic imagery and the influence of language in images. “Language has a great influence in images. This influence results in different movies even though they may have the same subject,” added Bressane.

 

 

 
4 DEC 2015

Curtains Up for 20th IFFK

 

20th International Film Festival of Kerala Inauguration

 

Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at a glittering ceremony in the packed Nisagandhi auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram today.

“Denizens of the state get the opportunity to learn and understand about the varied culture across the world through the prestigious platform of IFFK,” said Chief Minister during his inaugural speech.

In a function presided over by Minister for Cinema, Forest, Environment, Transport, Sports and Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Tourism and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Castes Shri A.P Anil Kumar and Minister for Rural Development, Planning & Culture Shri K.C. Joseph were also present. Kerala State Chief Secretary Shri Jiji Thomson delivered the welcome speech.

During the presidential address, Shri Radhakrishnan said that the film festival gives the platform for Malayalam cinema to grow along with the Indian Cinema and World Cinema.

Tourism Minister Shri Anil Kumar released a book ‘Best Movie Locations in Kerala’. Minister said, “The temporary auditorium at Nishagandhi, which houses only 1500 delegates, will be renovated and expanded to accommodate 4000 delegates soon after this edition of festival.”

Shri K C Joseph released the festival book during the inaugural ceremony. IFFK International Jury Chairman Julio Bressane also spoke at the event.  

Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain set the stage for one of the country’s most awaited arty events with a mesmerising performance with the percussion instrument.

He during the key-note address noted that Kerala’s richness in culture and heritage has always enticed him. “Moreover, I had unique opportunity to perform along with few of the legendary musical maestros from the state,” Ustad added.

 

 
4 DEC 2015

MEDIA CELL INAUGURATION

Delegate Cell Inauguration

Minister for Rural Development, Planning & Culture Shri K C Joseph inaugurated the media cell of the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) today. Shri Joseph was given a tour of the facilities of the media cell, located in the Tagore Theatre premises by Chalachitra Academy Chairman Shri T. Rajeevnath. Also present at the inauguration were Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Industries (Coir), I and PRD Smt Rani George and Chalachitra Academy Secretary Shri S. Rajendran Nair. The facility, with computers and internet connection, is open to all media persons with passes who will be covering the IFFK from December 5-11

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DELEGATE CELL INAUGURATION

Delegate Cell Inauguration

The delegate cell for the upcoming 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IIFK) was opened at Tagore Theatre today. Delegates flocked to the venue in droves to collect their passes and festival kits.

Honourable Minister for Forest, Transport, Sports, Environment and Cinema Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurated the facility, which has been modelled on the iconic ‘cinema talkies’ once synonymous with movie viewing across Kerala.

The minister personally handed over the ceremonial first pass – a longstanding IFFK ritual – to cine actor Shri Maniyanpilla Raju. “I am very happy to be here as a representative of the film fraternity and to receive the first delegate pass,” the veteran actor said. Besides the 15 counters issuing the delegate pass and kits, the cell also houses a help desk to sort out any issues delegates may have faced during registration process. As well, two SBT counters have been set up exclusively for delegates who opted to pay through the bank’s website during the registration process.

“We want the milestone 20th edition of the IFFK to be complaint-free,” the minister said. “Our aim should be to make the event grander with each edition until it becomes the number-one film festival in the country.”

IFFK 2015 will feature nearly 180 movies from 64 different countries being screened at 13 theatres across the capital city. “All the venues, especially Nishagandhi auditorium and Tagore, are equipped with the latest high-end technology to ensure a high-quality visual experience,” the minister added. The festival’s advisory committee chairman Shri Shaji N. Karun said the IFFK is an “annual pilgrimage centre” for every film-lover. “The month of December is apt to hold a festival like the IFFK as we can choose from the best movies of the year from all over the world,” said the renowned filmmaker, who has curated 20 movies to receive showcase in a special category this year. Representatives from the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), which hosts the IFFK, included chairman and festival director Shri T. Rajeevnath, KSCA secretary Shri S. Rajendran Nair and committee member Shri Pandalam Sudhakaran. Prominent personalities from film and cultural circles were also present.

The delegate cell will hand out passes and festival kits until Thursday, December 10 – one day before the curtain falls on Kerala’s premier film festival.

 
 

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14-NOVEMBER

Delegates can register from 15-November-2015

 

The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) has created a one-time registration system, which requires a delegate to register only once and retains the information provided – streamlining the registration process. Returning delegates will only have to pay the Rs 500 fee – either through online payment or by downloading the challan from the State Bank of Travancore website and paying at any SBT branch across the country.  

 

Usernames and passwords have been sent via SMS and email to delegates from last year’s festival.First-time participants need only submit their names, addresses, mobile numbers, email addresses and occupation details to complete the registration process, after which they can use either the online link provided or the SBT website to pay the fee.   Online payments can be made using credit cards, debit cards or via net banking. Bank charges are included in the delegate fee.

 

Registrants making the payment through SBT can use the bank website or counters set up in SBT branches using the printed challan forms. The charges for counter transactions are higher than for online payment.   Senior citizens, students and the differently-abled can pay the registration fees through help desks – reachable at 0471-4100320 – at the KSCA office in Sasthamangalam.

 

Students can secure a pass for Rs 300 by furnishing the identity card issued by their respective institutions.   An online chat system and telephone helpline will be available from 9 am to 9 pm during the registration period to answer queries and lend assistance.   Delegates will be informed by email when the registration and payment transaction is completed.

 

The KSCA will send periodic notifications about short film festivals, regional film fests and the IFFK via email.   Delegate cards and kits will be available from November 30 at Delegate cells at Tagore Theatre.

Delegate Cell Helpline: 04714100320

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Kerala State Chalachitra Academy invites tenders for the following work from eligible Contractors possessing appropriate class registration in CPWD/ State PWDS/ Government Undertakings and registration for executing ttris work.

 

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11- NOVEMBER

IFFK Toruring Talkies

Touring Festival 2015 Kasargod to Parassala

Kerala State Chalachithra Academy in association with Kerala Union of Working Journalists and Kesari Smaraka Trust Thiruvananthapuram is organizing ‘Touring Film Festival along Kerala in accordance with 20th IFFK 2015. The touring festival will be from November 15th to December 3rd. The movies which bagged Golden Crow Pheasant award in former IFFKs will be screened at Press Clubs in each district in Kerala. The festival will be inaugurated on 15th November by N.A.Nellikkunnu, MLA at Kasargode Press Club; Shri. Aryadan Shaukkath , Executive member KSCA, Shri. Sunny Joseph, Kasargode Press Club President, Shri P. Raveendran Rawaneshwaram, Secretary, Press Club Kasargode will also be present at the ceremony. The closing ceremony of the Touring Festival is on December 3rd at Manaveeyam Veedhi in Trivandrum.

 

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Organizing Committee Meeting 29 October 2015

 

The core committee meeting was attended by Shri Thiruvanjoor Radhakrishnan Shri Rajeev Nath, Shri Shaji N Karun, Chalachitra Academy Vice Chairman Shri Joshy Mathew, Sahitya Akademy Chairman Shri Perumbadavam Sreedharan, Film Chamber President G P Vijayakumar, Film Development Corporation Chairman Rajmohan Unnithan, Executive Member Ramachandra Babu, Director G S Vijayan and Chalachitra Academy Secratery T. Rajeendran Nair

 

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