The 25th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has kicked off in Thiruvananthapuram on February 10, 2021. This year, the film festival will take place in three other cities include Kochi, Palakkad, and Talassery and the festival dates will vary from region to region.
As per the IFFK website, the festival will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from February 10 to 14, in Kochi from February 17 to 21, in Thalassery from February 23 to 27, and lastly in Palakkad from March 1 to 5.
On New Year’s this year, Kerala Minister for Culture and Law AK Balan had announced that the festival will be held in theaters of each region, and admission to each theater is limited to 200 people. This time the festival is being organised in different places in the backdrop of COVID-19. However, Thiruvananthapuram will continue to be the permanent venue of the IFFK.
“There will be no public events or crowded cultural events as part of the festival. The opening and closing ceremonies will be attended by a maximum of 200 people. Meet with the Director, Press Meet, Master Class and the presence of foreign guests will be available online. Unlike the previous years, no foreign delegates or guests will attend the fair directly,” the Minister had informed on January 1.
The Film festival cum competition, every year, brings its audience the rare gems from international cinema, world cinema, Malayalam cinema and the Indian cinema.
The festival which was scheduled to be held in December 2020 was postponed due to the COVID pandemic and considering the COVID-19 situation, the festival has reduced the entry fee for this edition.
According to the website, the delegate fee has been reduced to Rs 750 and Rs 400 for students, from 2019 where the delegate fee was Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 for students.
Keeping in mind the social distancing norms, the admission to theatres is entirely based on reservation. Admission will be only be allowed after thermal scanning and seats will be provided while strictly maintaining social distance.
The festival has also made arrangements for antigen testing before purchasing delegate pass at all the venues. Chalachithra Academy in collaboration with the Department of Health has taken these steps as per Centre COVID protocols. The passes will be issued to those who will present COVID-19 negative certificates, which will not more than 48 hours old.