International Documentary And Short Film Fest of Kerala to Begin Today

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala here today at 6pm. To be held at Kairali, Sree and Nila theatres, the festival will conclude on June 20.

Minister for Culture A.K. Balan will preside over the function and prominent technocrat Kiran Karnik will be the chief guest. After the inaugural ceremony, Oscar-nominated documentary“Life Animated”and Rotterdam Short Film Festival award winning short film “Sakhisona”will be screened.

Totally 210 documentary/short films, including 77 in competition section will be screened in the festival. Competition section includes Animation, Campus Film, Short Documentary and Short Fiction. Creative works of German director Wim Wenders will be screened in the Maestro section. In Filmmaker in Focus section, there are films of Palestine director Mai Masri and Malayalam director Vipin Vijay.

The festival will pay tribute to screenwriter, novelist and poet John Berger and documentary maker and film activist Chalam Bennurkar by screening their films. A special screening of a documentary based on the career and life of filmmaker K. G. George will also be held.

The festival will feature a variety of international films including noted non-fiction works ‘War Memorial’, a compendium of video footages recorded by British soldiers for their families, ‘The revolution won’t be televised,’ which records the protests held in Senegal against the then President’s unconstitutional move to ensure a third term in power in 2011, ‘I am not your Negro,’ a historical exploration into the plight of Blacks in America, and ‘Happily ever after’, a documentary on the filmmaker’s tumultuous romantic relationship during the Arab spring in Egypt.

The festival is being organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.