IFFK at 20: Kim-ki Duk’s ‘Stop’ among festival line-up

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 16:  The upcoming 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will screen celebrated Korean filmmaker Kim ki-Duk’s latest movie Stop in the ‘Korean Panorama’ section.

“Contrary to news doing the rounds in sections of the media, Kim ki-Duk’s movies have not been excluded from this year’s festival,” Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) secretary S. Rajendran Nair said in a press release on Monday.

“The accompanying allegation that the state government has not granted the funds requested by the Academy is as baseless,” he added.

“Every year, the state government allots a sum of Rs 3 crore to the KSCA for the IFFK. As well, a non-planned additional grant of Rs 2 crore is also allocated each year,” Nair clarified.

“Usually, this additional fund request is rejected by the finance department and is later approved in a cabinet meeting. The Academy has already put forth a proposal, which is being considered by the finance department.”

A distinguished delegate list

Several internationally acclaimed filmmakers like Dariush Mehrjui, Martin Sharman, Claire Dobbin, Andrew Baird, Natalie David, Penny Smith, Anne Siebel and Nigel Walters will attend this year’s festival.

The Indian filmmaking fraternity will be represented by renowned directors Shyam Benegal, Gautham Ghosh, Thota Tharani and Sreekar Prasad, among others.

IFFK 2015, Kerala’s premier film festival, runs from December 4-11.

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