THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: To the relief of those who couldn’t register as delegates for the upcoming International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) is planning to conduct the miniature form of the festival across the state post IFFK. As per the plan of the Academy, the mini IFFKs will be conducted in all the districts except Thiruvananthapuram as it hosts thte main fete, KSCA secretary S Rajendran Nair told ‘Express’.
‘’We are planning to conduct the festival from Kasargod to Kollam after the IFFK.
The new decision is to provide a chance for the people who could not register their names for the delegate pass and those who could not turn up due to several reasons. If we could conduct the festival in their home district, it would be a blessing to the film buffs of those areas as they could watch some good films,’’ he said.
As per the initial plan, a four-day-long festival will be conducted at one or two theatres in a district. ‘’The films which are selected from this year’s festival will be screened in the mini IFFK.
Around 15 films are expected to be screened there,’’ Rajendran Nair said.
He said, however, the Academy has to get permission from the international auteurs, whose movies are being screened in the IFFK, before selecting them for the mini fest.
‘’They are sending the movies for just seven to eight days. After that we have to return the movies which are submitted in the DCP format. Though the films are received after paying a particular amount, as per the agreement, we have to return them after the festival,’’ he said. The makers used to send the same DCP to all the film festivals, he added.
The Academy has the copies of all the nine Malayalam movies, selected for the festival. ‘’Though we have Malayalam movies, we are planning to screen a package of selected movies which include both Malayalam and foreign flicks,’’ he said.
‘’Anyhow, the mini IFFKs will be conducted, after further discussions to find a solution to the problems in screening the international films. We will try our best to make it a reality by January itself to encourage the cine culture of our state,’’ he added.