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Last Updated Tuesday March 31 2020 07:00 AM IST

Govt plans two regional film fetes

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Govt plans two regional film fetes Malayalam actor-director Sidhartha Siva accepts an excellence award for his movie 'Zahir'. Photo: Ramesh Chandran KP

Thiruvananthapuram: State minister for cinema, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, said on Friday the government will try its best to implement the recommendations of the Adoor Gopalakrishan Committee to provide a quality ecosystem for Malayalam films.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 19th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the minister said that the government will do all possible things for the promotion and marketing of Malayalam films in national and international film festivals.

The minister also announced that the government plans to conduct two regional film festivals apart from IFFK as many film enthusiasts were left out from the IFFK. This will enable more people to participate in the film festivals, he added.

“Everybody has appreciated the selection of films. As promised, we have conducted the festival by cutting short the expenses. In that way, we have saved a sum of rupees 75 lakhs. From this, a sum of rupees three lakhs each will be given to the films selected by the Malayalam Film Market for promotion of Malayalam cinema,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, while addressing the gathering complimented the selection of films in IFFK and added that it was this reason that made the festival a major success. He also criticised the organisers for scheduling in-demand films in theatres with lower seating capacity.

He said the organisers must understand the delegates and provide better arrangements in future. VS also urged the government to provide all possible help to quality Malayalam films to feature in foreign film festivals and its promotion worldwide.

Minister for Culture, K.C. Joseph, said that though there has been some confusion in the beginning, altogether the film festival was a great success.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Turkish film maker, who was the guest of honour at the function, said that he was very happy to be in India as this is the country where one of his teachers, Satyajith Ray, belongs. He was honoured in the function by the Governor P Sathasivam.

T. Rajeevnath, Chairman of Chalachithra Academy, presented the festival report. Cultural Affairs Secretary Rani George welcomed the gathering and S. Rajendran Nair, Secretary of Chalachithra Academy expressed the Vote of Thanks.

Festival Director Indu Shrikent, and other officials were present. The film Refugiado, which bagged the Golden Pheasant Crow award, was screened at the Nishagandhi Open Theatre after the function.

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