( Festival Director 15th IFFT )
( Festival Director 15th IFFT )
Welcome to the 15th Edition of the International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT)!
Over its 15 years of existence the International Film Festival of Thrissur has grown to be a commanding and popular platform recognized for its good cinema selection and showcases. Every edition of IFFT has seen increased participation not just from Indian but international filmmakers. IFFT does not restrict itself to a singular event of film screenings through its film festival but fosters a film culture throughout the year through its weekly film screenings and film discussions which is highly popular among film lovers and enthusiasts. IFFT uses this space and opportunity to present films that may or may not have been able to find a space in film festivals.
IFFT’s 15th Edition 2020, celebrates old and new voices in film that present the world around us; that take us out of the narrow landscapes of ghettoized minds to explore The world through different and diverse cinematic languages.
This year IFFT presents a selection of over 100 films from 25 countries, in 30 plus languages to be shown at 8 screens with over 170 shows in the following categories – Indian Panorama, Contemporary World Cinema, Contemporary Indian Masters, Malayalam Cinema — Parallel Stream, Homage, German Retrospective, and Country in Focus — Iran.
This year will also see the 7th Edition of the K W Joseph Film Awards will feature 9 critically acclaimed films from debut filmmakers in India. Continuing its effort to celebrate the best of Indian cinema, IFFT will host the FIPRESCI Award. The International Film Critics body’s Critics Award will be adjudged by a jury headed by internationally acclaimed film critic Premendra Majumdar with noted film critics Madhu Eravankara and Premchand as members.
This year also witnesses a milestone in IFFT’s journey to celebrate cinema in all its forms and languages through its launch of two significant awards. In its 15th Edition, IFFT launches a first of its kind film award in India— the Mahatma Gandhi Afro-Asian Film Award for debut filmmakers from African and Asian countries. The intention and purpose of the Award is to encourage filmmakers who have singular perspectives and makes visible the diverse cinematic forms from the so-called Third World. The film award was named after Mahatma Gandhi in the 150 year of his birthday celebrations to reclaim the spirit of freedom and tolerance that the world currently seems to have lost sight of. The IFFT hopes to bring forth diverse voices from African and Asian countries to the film aficionadas in India and also help filmmakers to explore new frontiers and audiences. Eight films from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, South Korea, Thailand, China, and India respectively will be participating in the Mahatma Gandhi Afro Asian Film Award 2020.
We are honoured this year with the presence of the legendary Aruna Vasudev, who will be the Jury Chairperson, who along with two very talented filmmakers – Jahnu Barua from India and filmmaker Liew Seng Tat from Malaysia will adjudge both the KW Joseph and Mahatma Gandhi Afro Asian Film Awards.
The second Award launched in this edition of IFFT is in the honour of eminent filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay, a member and Vice President of Federation of Film Societies of India. FFSI will present the Vijaya Mulay Lifetime Achievement Award to a deserving personality for their contribution to growth and enrichment of cinema in the world.
IFFT ‘s 15th Edition will also celebrate the history and legacy of Ramdas Theatre in Kerala,an institution that has served Indian cinema for the past 50 years. IFFT’s main venue would be the Ramdas and Ravikrishna Theatres in Thrissur. There will also be satellite screenings in Irinjalakuda (Mass Movies), Triprayar (Sreerama Theatre), Varandarapilly (Davis Theatre), Ashtamichira (Mahalaxmi Theatre), Guruvayur (Darpana), Thiruvilwamala (SN).