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Thiruvananthapuram: There will be 14 screens for the 26th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala which is to be held from March 18 to 25 at Thiruvananthapuram.
If the rule to allow only 50 per cent seating capacity in theatres, as per the Covid restriction imposed in the state, is unchanged, then the number of delegates will have to be reduced.
Director and screenwriter Ranjith, the chairperson of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, said that all preparations are being done. The festival has had up to 13,000 delegates on previous occasions.
The festival was decided to be conducted following a meeting of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with Deputy Director and artistic director of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) Beena Paul and Secretary Ajoy Chandran.
There are 14 films in the international films category. The festival’s highlight will be the 'Films from Conflict' package that will have eight films depicting life in conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Burma and Kurdistan. FIPRESCI Critics’ Week will feature seven films that have bagged the FIPRESCI awards.
Seven old classic movies transferred to new platforms are also up for screening this time.
The world cinema category will have 86 films. The Homage Screen will have seven films. Packages including Malayalam Cinema Today and Indian Cinema Now will also be present. A retrospective tribute to the late veteran actor Nedumudi Venu is another one of the highlights of the festival.