Thiruvananthapuram: Renowned film critic Malti Sahai has said the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has matured in terms of the quality of its infrastructure and choice of films as also its growing number of delegates.
Speaking at the inaugural `Meet the Press’ session held at Tagore Theatre here the other day, the former director of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in its itinerant days said the “energy of the festival is wonderful”.
“A film festival is all about movies, audiences and viewing facilities on offer,” said Sahai, who chaired the selection jury that picked the two Malayalam movies in the competition section – Ottaal and Chayam Poosiya Veedu.
“The selection of films has been very good,” she said.
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) chairman T Rajeevnath and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) president B Unnikrishnan also participated in the press conference.
“Our festival has grown in quality and participation. The festival must be seen as the microcosm of Kerala’s cinema traditions and its rich art heritage,” Unnikrishnan said.
“That must be the ultimate goal of the festival. I’m sure the coming days will see a very creative visual and verbal dialogue between the filmmakers and the audience,” he added.