Open Forum- Day 7
The last Open Forum session of the 22nd IFFK was held today at Tagore.
Since IFFK’S first edition in 1994 held in Kozhikode, ‘Open Forum’ has been an indispensable part of the festival. It has been a platform to reflect on various issues related to cinema in general and the festival in particular. On the last day of Open Forum, held on Thursday, the event was an occasion for the delegates and organizers to reflect on the strengths and shortcomings of the 22nd edition of the festival.
V.K. Joseph stressed the importance of the festival as a ‘common space’ which witnesses tha presence of more and more women and youngsters. The film actor Alencier spoke about why an artist like him cannot remain silent in these dark times.
Some delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the selection and non-selection of certain films. Bina Paul pointed out that showing Malayalam films is one of the priorities of the festival and that is why all Malayalam films screened at Tagore at least once. One delegate pointed out that the festival has become very disciplined over which he expressed his dissatisfaction.
“Filmmakers are subjected to criticism and comments” said Chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra
Academy, Kamal. Several questions were raised against the integrity of the
festival as cinephiles and other film enthusiasts were concerned on the existence of Malayalam films.
The delegates raised their queries and anticipation regarding the fete and the smooth organizing of the
festivals in the years to come.
Open Forum, true to its spirit was an occasion for sharing feedback and for a discussion on how to improve the festival in the coming years.