The 15th Edition continues KW Joseph’s legacy to promote and encourage and recognise excellence in Indian filmmakers by awarding the K W Joseph Film Award to the best debut Indian film of the year
Kattookaran Warunny Joseph, born on November 26th 1871 in Ollur, Kerala, was the first bioscope exhibitor in Kerala. In early 1907, he purchased the first projector and a few movies from railway officer Vincent Paul who bought the setup from a French exhibitor, and had the first showcase in Thrissur, under the banner -Jose Bioscope. This first exhibition used a manual projector and a tent that could fit around hundred people at a time, showcasing videos of blooming flowers, horse races and the life of Christ with unrelated narrations that nevertheless astounded the crowd. He toured all of south India with Jose Bioscope and eventually established the first electrically operated film projection named Jose Electrical Bioscope, with the advent of electricity, in 1913. An unprecedented disaster struck when he lost his bioscope to a storm, when sailing from Mangalore after an exhibition. Not one to give up, K W Joseph, founded Royal Exhibitors company, in partnership with a few others. His eldest son Jose K Varghese followed his footstep and eventually founded Babysun Talkies, laying the foundation for film exhibition in Kerala. K W Joseph passed away on 26th May, 1925, leaving behind a legacy for the Malayalam Film Industry.