Permanent venue change for film festival; Dr. Biju with explanation

Pointing out the technical problem in the decision of the government to hold the Kerala International Film Festival in four places in the context of Kovid, the director Dr. Biju on the scene. He said in a note shared on Facebook that changing the permanent venue of the fair could affect the international recognition of the fair itself.

There will be various reactions and controversies regarding the Kerala Film Festival being held in four venues this time. It was thought that nothing should be written on this subject. But with so many media and friends asking some technical questions on the subject, one important thing to point out is that this is how he started the post.

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First of all, I am of the opinion that art value films should be screened not only in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thalassery and Palakkad but also in every panchayat. At a meeting of the Chief Minister in Pathanamthitta yesterday, it was suggested that the budget should allocate funds from the plan fund scheme for local bodies to organize local film festivals in collaboration with the library movements and the local film society. (This instruction was also given at the Kerala Studies Congress held in 2016 to prepare the LDF manifesto..but …

In any case, it is my opinion that film festivals should be organized in all possible areas to create a better film viewing culture. Now let’s come to the Kerala International Film Festival. It is learned that this time the IFFK Kerala International Film Festival will be held at four venues. The inauguration will be held at Thiruvananthapuram and the conclusion at Palakkad. There is a technical problem with this move. It is believed that the film academy may have considered and found a solution. If not it is definitely a big mess, Biju says in the post.

Film festivals around the world are recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations. Kerala Film Festival is one of the 22 film festivals in the category of Competitive Specialized Feature Film Festivals recognized by FIAPF. In order to change the permanent venue of FIAPF approved fairs, their permission is required. Otherwise the accreditation of the fair will be lost. One of the important conditions of the FIAPF is that the film festival must have a permanent venue. That is why Thiruvananthapuram became the permanent venue of the Kerala Fair.

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Just look at the FIAPF website and it says Kerala Mela Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram). The FIAPF does not allow any film festival to change its permanent venue without the usual strong reasons. The fact that the venue was made in four cities is not a strong reason. Film festivals around the world during the Kovid period adopted two methods. Either do not hold the fair, or hold the Kovid protocol with restrictions on the same venue. Many film festivals like Cannes were canceled last year.

Many fairs in Venice, Shanghai, Moscow, and Tallinn followed the Kovid protocol. In India itself, the Goa and Kolkata fairs are held at regular venues in accordance with the Kovid protocol. Kolkata in January and Goa in February. It is not known why the fair is being shifted to four places in Kerala alone. How did such a decision come about when local fairs could be held in different places as in the past? It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. It is up to the Chalachithra Academy to clarify whether the FIAPF has given its approval to hold the fair in four cities apart from Thiruvananthapuram. If it is not received then it is a wrong decision.

In any case, it is believed that the members of the film academy are aware of this code. Therefore, it can be assumed that the fair will be held in four cities after obtaining the permission of the FIAPF. Let the fair be magnificent in any of the four cities. Many people have raised the question of whether the academy, which has been hosting the Kerala Film Festival for the past several years, has heard that the academy has an interest in transplanting the festival to Ernakulam. I do not think so. And with the current style of the film academy, the possibility of that should not be ruled out.

You can read the full post by Dr. Biju
The ceremonial promise made by the Chief Ministers for the last 24 years at the inaugural function in Thiruvananthapuram and the concluding ceremony in Palakkad will be fulfilled this time as well. That permanent promise to build a permanent festival complex for the Kerala Film Festival. As a continuation of the previous years, it will not be forgotten this time as well. What festival opening and closing without that promise, Biju is about.