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Kochi film buffs hope IFFK becomes an annual event in city

Organised in four cities across Kerala this year, IFFk recently concluded its Kochi edition and received an overwhelming response.

Our Correspondent

The second part of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) concluded in Kochi on Sunday. The festival is being held across four cities in the state in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. Eighty films were screened in various categories in Kochi, which saw a stupendous response from the audience. The festival organizers' shared images on social media where one can see packed theatres with proper COVID-19 protocols in place.

According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, the response in Kochi has started off murmurs about the possibility of an annual festival being organised in the city. There have been demands by film societies to screen IFFK films in the city. 

The chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Kamal was quoted by The Hindu as saying, “We had organised such regional fests in the past in places such as Kozhikode and Kottayam and the Academy will support a similar fest in Kochi, provided film societies, Kochi Corporation or such agencies take the initiative and facilitate its organisation.”

Even though film societies in Kochi are quite active, the presence of a film festival in the relatively cosmopolitan city will be welcomed by the people. It remains to be seen how the IFFK will adapt itself for a wider audience in Kerala after the conclusion of the festival this year.

The festival will travel next to Thalassery, where it is being held from 23-27 February.

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