THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Film Lovers Cultural Association (Filca) Film Festival which is currently on in the city has brought focus on the hardships of film societies organising such events.
Lack of funds and non-availability of theatres are preventing the movement, once led by iconic filmmakers like Aravindan and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, taking classics to the masses.
"We are not getting theatres for festivals," says M.K.P. Nair, general secretary of Filca, formed 19 years ago.
"The state-run Kalabhavan and Tagore Theatre used to allow us to screen festival films. The government should allow screening in Nila and Kairali theatres as well."
He said the government used to provide financial aid through the Federation of Film Societies as they don't have sponsors, but not anymore.
"We used to get Rs 25,000 to 30,000. However, this time there are no grants which the society is entitled to," Mr Nair said.
"These societies are essential as they create a platform for independent filmmakers, both regional and international, to showcase their works."
Kerala Chalachitra Academy chair Kamal said they provide financial support. However, he didn't disclose the amount.
Notwithstanding the setbacks, Mr Nair said, Filca is committed to its objective of creating good film culture.
Many feel these societies are slowly becoming history because of the IT revolution.
The state that once boasted of more than 50 film societies now has only a few active ones left.