IFFK opens grandlyDecember 14th, 2009 - 7:36 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) opened with a grand ceremony on Friday, December 11. Filmmaker Mrinal Sen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by Chalachithra Academy and lit the auspicious lamp at the Nishigandhi Auditorium which had about 3000 delegates present.
The chief guests at the function were Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore and French Ambassador Jerome Bonafonte. Shashi Tharoor was also present at the event and spoke in five languages, emphasizing on his efforts to realize a cinema complex in the city.
Sharmila Tagore, in her speech, asked regional filmmakers to try and not ape Bollywood. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty won an award at the ceremony.
Turkish filmmaker Atil Inaki’s film, “A Step into Darkness’, was screened after the release of the festival book and bulletin.
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