The 25th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will commence from February 10. With COVID-19 still posing a threat, various measures are being taken to ensure safety.
According to the guidelines set by Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, the festival will be held at four locations -Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Thalassery. The screenings will be held at five theatres in each district for five days.
Only 200 people will be permitted to enter a theatre for screening.
All those who have registered must carry a Covid negative certificate.
Films to be screened
12 Malayalam films have been selected to compete under ‘Malayalam Cinema Today’ category. These are: Gramavrikshathile Kuyil by KP Kumaran, C U Soon by Mahesh Narayan, Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam by Don Palathara, Love by Khalid Rahman, Musical Chair by Vipin Atlee, Attention Please by Jithin SK Thomas, Vaak by Kavya Prakash, Paka by Nithin Lukose, Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam by Senna Hegde, Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte by Shambhu Purushothaman, Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Pothuvaal and Kayattam (Height) by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. A panel chaired by director Mohan and with members S. Kumar, Pradeep Nair, Priya Nair and Father Benny Benedict picked the films in the 'Malayalam Cinema Today' category. Meanwhile, Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli and Jayaraj’s Hasyam have been selected for competition in the International category. Filmmaker Mohit Priyadarshi’s Hindi film Kosa and Akshay Indiker’s Marathi film Chronicle of Space or Sthalpuran have also been selected in this category.