Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 7: The assemblage at International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) over the past two decades has always admired the lively atmosphere at the Kairali Theatre Complex, which has been the main venue of the film festival till last year.
However, except a handful of the visitors, most of the national and international delegates and filmmakers participating in the 20th edition of IFFK have lauded Kerala Chalachitra Academy for its decision to shift the main venue to the Tagore Theatre.
According to the participants, the serene premises and ample vehicle parking space are the major advantages of Tagore theatre campus. The government-owned Kairali Theatre Complex was the main venue of the festival till last year.
“I have been participating in IFFK for the past eight years. Even after the increase in delegate registration this year, there is no space crunch,” said Sooraj M V, a delegate.
Tagore theatre also provides the space for assembling and discussing cinema. “IFFK is also a platform for networking with film enthusiasts from different parts of the world. At Tagore, we have many spaces for hangouts where we can interact and discuss cinema,” said Sudev Krishna, another delegate.
The Tagore Theatre, with 380 sqm Hall and a new centrally air-conditioned theatre with 2k projections, is equipped with most-modern infrastructure. The theatre houses 900 delegates for a single show.
“At Kairali complex, we often had trouble in finding out parking space. This year’s main venue has a vast parking area. Academy should further develop infrastructure at this venue which will help smooth running of future editions,” said G Suresh Kumar, President, Producers’ Association of Kerala.
Meanwhile, K V Mohan Kumar IAS, Commissioner, Rural Development Department, pointed out that shifting of main venue to Vazhuthacaud has made Thampanoor bustle-free. “Till last year, the junctions and roads adjacent to Kairali Theatre Complex were clogged during the festival. Tagore Theatre, even after being in the city, has larger space which is apt for the main venue,” said Mohan Kumar.
The major sessions including ‘Meet the Director’, ‘Meet the Press’, ‘Open Forum’ apart from cultural events, which are conducted on the sidelines of the festival, are held at Tagore Theatre.
However, noted director B Unnikrishnan highlighted that he misses the gathering at Kairali complex. “It is an important fact that the Academy has managed the crowd by shifting the main venue. But, as a habit, I always loved the assemblage at Kairali with music and cinema discussions,” he said.
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