25th International Film Festival of Kerala Awards

FFSI KR Mohanan Award for Best Debut Director from India
Akshay Indikar for Chronicle of Space/Sthalpuran


NETPAC Award for the Best Asian Film in Competition:
The award goes to Chronicle Of Space / Sthalpuran -Director: Akshay Indikar

NETPAC Award for the Best Malayalam Film:
The award goes to Musical Chair Director: Vipin Atley


FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in International Competition
In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov

FIPRESCI Award for Best Malayalam Film
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International Competition Awards

Special Mention for Direction
Churuli Directed by Lijo Jose Pelliserry

For its daring exposition of the thin line between the lawful and the lawless, seen through a steady hallucinatory descent into absurdity, violence, anarchy, chaos and illusion

Special Mention for Acting

Maria Twala Mhlongo in This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

The jury is delighted to pay homage and commemorate Maria Twala Mhlongo with a Special Mention for Acting. Her fierce yet sage performance in This is Not a Burial, But a Resurrection will remain an eternal inspiration in the world of cinema. Though she passed away soon after completing the film at the age of 80, she leaves behind a courageous and dignified image of the human body and the celebration of the spirit of innovation and commitment to her art.

Rajata Chakoram for Best Debut Director to:

Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf for the film Piedra Sola

For integrating themes of memory, time and landscape through meaningful composition to narrate a deeply reflective story of a man and his relationship with nature deep inside the Argentinean highlands that brings out the essence of human longing.

Rajata Chakoram for Best Director to:

Bahman Tavoosi for The Names of The Flowers/ Los Nombres de Las Flores

The jury was deeply impressed by the director’s thoughtful and unhurried ability to allow the rhythms and colours of the landscapes, the wrinkled body and face of the protagonist and a bowl of soup to tell a powerful political tale of responsibility to personal truth even in the face of despotic forces.

Suvarna Chakoram for Best Film to:

This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

For its visual power and a tour de force performance by the late great Maria Twala Mhlongo in the depiction of an Africa resisting neo-colonization while dealing with the trauma and scars of its colonial past to its Spirit and Body, the international jury of the 25th IFFK unanimously awards the Suvarna Chakoram for the Best Film to This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

Audience Poll Award

Churuli Directed by Lijo Jose Pelliserry

Doownload IFFK Awards Press Release
History of 25 Years of IFFK through photographs

The 25th edition of the International Film Festival (IFFK) is slated to be held during February and March 2021. The conduct of IFFK will be subject to the evolving situation of the global pandemic Covid-19. The Festival will follow the guidelines of the Government of Kerala prevailing at that time.

The dates for the 25th IFFK are the following due to the Covid19 situation

Festival Dates:
Thiruvananthapuram – 10 to 14 February 2021 | Kochi – 17 to 21 February 2021 | Thalassery – 23 to 27 February 2021 | Palakkad – 01 to 05 March 2021

Recognized by

Jean-Luc Godard | Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech









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