December 9th, 2016 is going to be a big day for Kerala as the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala is going to begin on 9th December and will go on until December in Thiruvananthapuram and this event is organized by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Cultural Affairs Department of the Kerala Government. This event includes 490 films screening at 13 screens and this entire project costs 7 crores. This event IFFK is taking place soon after the International Film Festival of India in Goa has gained a huge acknowledgment around the world. The distribution of passes to the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has started on Wednesday with the Minister of Culture A K Balan handing over the first pass to actress Manju Warrier. A step forward to promote and support transgenders in the society, Manju Warrier handed over the delegate pass to Transgender Activist Sheetal Shyam during the function. The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has always been capturing the essence of the films and delivering it to the delegates.
This year’s signature film Embrace has been directed by National Award Winning Filmmaker K R Manoj. The film was a Tribute to legendary Archivist and founder and Director of the National Film Archives of India Mr. P K Nair, who has passed away in March in this year. P K Nair has a great contribution in the Indian Cinema and IFFK owes a great deal to Mr. Nair too. As it was him who single-handedly created Soorya’s Seminal “100 Years of World Cinema”, over 15 days at Kalabhavan Theatre. The same set of films was screened at the first IFFK in Cinemaikode in the year 1995.
Over the past two decades, the IFFK has become the most acclaimed and exclusive cultural event in Kerala. It is the most Dynamic, Energetic and lively Cultural even that gives the great opportunity to people of different phases to share their ideas, their experiences and their thoughts which might help others to improve and to learn new things from each other. This is the only festival featuring these many talents from different continents. It has also been proved to be a cultivated ground for the imminent talent. The commencement includes a flash mob by a popular radio channel, a performance by Thrissur-based band Oorali and also the screening of precarious film Ottal. The function will be inaugurated by the Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar by releasing 21 balloons into the sky to mark the festival’s 21-year run. This year the opening film is ‘The Parting’ directed by Afgan director. This film is about the love story of two afghans who accidently become the illegal immigrants moving to Europe in search of better life.