THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Noted filmmaker Kamal, who has been involved in a number of capacities in the past editions, feels that the 20th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) would be different. He said that the streamlined selection process and increased participation from countries that had been regular contributors would help to enhance the quality and experience of IFFK.
“IFFK 2015 will be different. Instead of the regular emphasis on East Asian films, we have better representation from countries that do not usually feature in the competition category — from Haiti, Palestine, Nepal and Kazakhstan, among others — have come up this year,” said Kamal, who chaired the World Cinema selection jury.
But, he insisted, there was no relaxation of academic rigour and cinematic quality requirements in the pursuit of diversity — nor was the IFFK’s traditional emphasis on films from Asia, Africa and Latin America underplayed.
“We saw 140 movies and the best 10 have been selected to compete for the top prize. Naturally, we will not be able to include movies from all countries. So, for a movie to be selected, it should ably represent the region from which it comes,” he said.
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