Brazilian filmmaker Julio Bressane to be jury chairman at 20th IFFK

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 (IANS) Popular Brazilian filmmaker Julio Bressane will head the five-member core jury for the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).

The other jury members for the now hugely popular Kerala’s premier film festival, which will take place here from December 4-11, are Moussinin Abza, Nadia Dresti, Maxin Williams and Jahnu Barua.

A total of 180 movies, both Indian and international, will be screened in this year’s IFFK.

A core committee, appointed by the Kerala government along with a technical committee headed by veteran filmmaker Shaji N. Karun on Thursday, announced two other jury boards for the festival.

Deric Malcom and Lathika Padgongar are members of the Fipresci (international federation of film critics) Jury, while the Netpac (Network for the promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury consists of Siddique Marbak, Swarna Malvarchi and Meenakhi Sheddey.

Karun said that more than 80 foreign films will feature in this year’s festival, adding strength to its diversity.

The participating movies are classified into ten categories: International Competition Section(14), Malayalm Cinema (7), Indian Cinema (7), Country Focus (Lithunia, Myanmar)(8), World cinema (80), contemporary Masters (7), Tribute to Vincent Master (3), Retro International (10), Jury Films/Lifetime Achievements 10, and Public Screening (7).

Further, 20 movies will be screened as a special package coming under the categories 3-D, True story, Women’s Side and New Directors, with five movies included in each section.

A book revealing the history and legacy of all the 19 IFFKs that has taken place will be published during the opening ceremony, said T.Rajeevnath, chairman of the state-owned Kerala Chalachitra Academy, the main organiser of the event.

It was also decided that eminent Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui, who led Iran’s cinematic renaissance, would be given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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