Festival Calendar

Kerala International Film Festival

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy
Mani Bhavan
695010 Kerala
phone +91-471-23 10 323
fax +91-471-23 10 322
email: programme@iffk.in


Program Director/Contact for German Entries
Ms. Bina Paul Venugopal

Year of Foundation 1997

Event Date from 12 February 2021 till 19 February 2021

Event Date

in Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Sections Competition for films from Asia, Africa and Latin America, World Cinema, Country Focus, Homages and Tributes, Retrospectives

Category Feature

Terms of Entry competition: 70 min. and more, productions may not be older than one year and should be produced in or co-produced with a country from Asia, Africa or Latin America.

Genre Culture

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline 31 October 2020

Fees none

Attendance Figures 175,000

Participants of the Film Industry The festival is well-attended by members of the film industry from within the state and the rest of India. There is also a good number of foreign delegates.

Prizes/Awards Suvarna Chakoram (Best Feature approx. EUR 26,000), Rajata Chakoram (Best Director approx. EUR 5,300); Audience Award (approx. EUR 2,600), Rajata Chakoram (best debut director approx. EUR 3,800); FIPRESCI Award, NETPAC Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (12,000)

German Films


World Cinema
A TALE OF THREE SISTERS by Emin Alper (TK/DE/NL/GR, Komplizen Film)  
HAPPY END by Michael Haneke (FR/DE/AT X Filme Creative Pool)
IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman (FR/DE/CA/TK, Pallas Film)
ORAY by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (filmfaust Filmproduktion, Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad (DK/DE, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
THE GOLDEN GLOVE (DER GOLDENE HANDSCHUH) by Fatih Akin (bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany)
THE LAST BERLINER (DER LETZTE MIETER) by Gregor Erler (Film 13, Koenigsgarten, Cornelsen Film)
THE ORPHANAGE by Shahrbanoo Sadat (DK/DE/LU/FR/AF, Adomeit Film)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RO/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
YOU WILL DIE AT 20 by Amjad Abu Alala (SD/FR/EG/DE/NO, Die Gesellschaft DGS)

Contemporary Masters in Focus: Roy Andersson
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE by Roy Andersson (SE/DE/NO/FR/DK, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH)
ABOUT ENDLESSNESS by Roy Andersson (SE/DE/NO, Essential Filmproduktion)
YOU, THE LIVING by Roy Andersson (SE/DE/FR/DK/NO/JP, Studio 24)

Experimenta India
GALORE by Bernd Lützeler (DE/IN, Bernd Lützeler)

Post-Yugoslav Cinemas
SNOW by Aida Begic by (BA/DE/FR/IR, Rohfilm, Mamafilm)

Number of Films Shown 205 films from 43 countries

Media Coverage The festival is attended by journalists from the print, visual and electronic media on a national level. Besides coverage by major India newspapers and channels, representatives from the BBC cover the festival.

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Spezialised Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation The festival is an annual event with an enthusiastic audience and a reliable organisation team. A thematic international package with retrospectives, seminars and panels run by Kerala's film academy with government support. The festival has a friendly atmosphere but has limited sales possibilities.

Services The festival will incur shipping costs of films invited to the festival.

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