The 25th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will be conducted in four phases in four regions of the state.
The first phase will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from February 10 to 14, the second phase in Ernakulam from February 17 to 21, the third phase in Thalassery from February 23 to 27 and the fourth phase in Palakkad from March 1 to 5.
Thiruvananthapuram will continue to be the permanent venue of the festival and this year’s arrangement has been made considering the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The inauguration of the IFFK will be in Thiruvananthapuram and the closing ceremony will take place at Palakkad, restricting the participants to 200.
No foreign delegate will be participating in the festival.
No public events or crowd attracting programmes will be organised.
The festival programmes will have all categories including World Cinema, International Competition, Malayalam Cinema Today, Kaleidoscope, Contemporary Masters in Focus, Retrospective and Homage.
Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Churuli’ and Jayaraj’s ‘Hasyam’ were selected in the International Competition section from Malayalam. Six malayalam films including K.P. Kumaran’s ‘Gramavrikshathile Kuyil’ and Mahesh Narayan’s ‘C U Soon’ were selected in Malayalam Cinema Today. In the Kaleidoscope Section, six films were selected including three malayalam films, ‘Vasanthi’, ‘Biriyani’ and ‘1956, Madhyathiruvithamkoor’.
All the films selected will be screened in the four regions and four films will be screened in each theatre daily.
Programmes like Meet the Director, Press Meets and discussion with foreign guests will be through online platforms.
The delegate fee for general has been reduced to Rs.750, for students it will be Rs. 400.
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy in association with the Health Department will make arrangements for conducting Antigen tests of the delegates before issuing the passes.
Passes will be issued only to those who have tested Covid-19 negative.
The 25th Edition of IFFK was scheduled to be conducted in December 2020, however it was postponed due to the pandemic.