5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

Short films and documentaries are not plagued by the constraints of long feature films, film-maker Goutam Ghosh has said.

He was addressing a packed audience after inaugurating the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala at Kalabhavan Theatre, Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

He lauded the ‘great initiative and interest’ of the Malayali audience in supporting good films and creativity. Despite that, no regional channel was interested in showcasing good documentaries and short-films produced in the State, Mr. Ghosh said.

This need for change was echoed by film-maker Shaji N. Karun as well who received a special Festival Catalogue during the function.

“There is a need to provide a better space to view films and without a proper screen, the aesthetics and true meaning cannot be understood properly,” he said.

The festivities began in the morning with screenings taking place at Kalabhavan Theatre and Trans Towers, right next door.

Despite it being a weekday, both the venues saw an impressive turn up. Works had been listed under the Short and Long Documentary Focus, and the Animation and Music Video competition categories. In addition, a sprinkling of African and Afghan entries highlighted the day’s morning programmes.

This year’s festival will feature productions by the two ‘Film-makers in Focus,’ — Bulgarian film-maker Adela Peeva and Amar Kanwar. The afternoon saw the first set of films by Amar Kanwar displayed, ‘A Season Outside,’ ‘To Remember,’ and ‘A Night of Prophecy.’

Adela Peeva appreciated being invited and said she was, “honoured and happy to be in Kerala and to be part of this special festival.” She too, noted that the audience in Kerala was ‘unique and extraordinary’ and hoped that contacts between Indian and Bulgarian films would continue to develop.

“The festival started small and it used to be identified with the International Film Festival of Kerala,” said Bina Paul Venugopal, Artistic Director of the 5th IDSFFK.

The whole notion of the government patronising the event was false and this was a ‘feather in the cap’ of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, she said. She applauded the works of all the participants and the potential do documentary-making with regard to providing ‘a space for independent voices.’

She introduced the jury in the fiction and documentary categories.

The latter comprised noted cinematographer Azhagappan, journalist Kalpana Sharma, and film-maker Sanjiv Shah. The fiction films were being judged by film-maker Jayaraj, award-winning animator Gitanjali Rao, and visual arts consultant Ayisha Abraham.

Retold by Loknath directed by Rajula Shah was the inaugural film.

The festival will continue till June 12.

The 5th IDSFFK Schedule is here

News Sourced from “The Hindu” with inputs from http://iffk.in/idsffk2012

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