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Article 1. Organisation:
The 14th International Film Festival of Kerala will be held
at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala,
from 11th - 18th December 2009. The international media and
film professionals the world over have cherished the previous
editions of the festival for its very enlightened and enthusiastic
audience, wide representation of filmmaking countries and
its warm hospitality. Chalachitra Academy or the Motion Picture
Academy of the State of Kerala, which conducts this festival,
is a body devoted to the promotion and propagation of quality
Article 2. Aims and Objectives:
The festival aims at presenting a selection of the best of
World Cinema and a competition section especially devoted
to films from Asian, African and Latin American countries.
To encourage young and upcoming filmmakers, there is an award
for the Best Debut filmmaker from these countries.
Article 3. Sections:
3.1 Competition Section Films (Films with a minimum length
of 70 minutes produced or co produced from a country in Asia,
Africa or Latin America in the last one year)
3.2 Rules covering the competition section:
A Selection committee selects films for the competition. Unless
a special waiver is granted, only those films meeting the
following conditions are chosen for invitation in competition.
1. Entry for the competition is for films produced or co-produced
in an Asian, African and Latin American country.
2. Films that have been produced after 1st September 2008
and having English subtitles are eligible to participate.
3. Films selected for competition should not have participated
in any other International Film Festival competition in India.
4. Selection of films for competition is at the discretion
of the committee, set up by the Academy. The Chairman of the
Academy as Director of the Festival has a special right to
waive any condition for participation in the Competition.
5. No legal claim for participation in the competition can
6. No invited film shall be withdrawn from the festival programme.
7. During the entire period of the festival, none of the invited
films shall be shown outside the festival venue, before its
8. Selection at any other International festival does not
ensure selection to IFFK.
9. Films submitted in a previous edition of the festival cannot
be considered for competition again.
Films except those in English must be in their original version
with English subtitles for all festival sections.
1. World Cinema
2. Retrospectives & Homage’s
3. Indian Cinema Today
4. New Malayalam Cinema
Article 4. Entry deadlines & selection of films:
4.1 The deadline for receiving applications and preview material:
30th September 2009.
The VHS (PAL, SECAM, NTSC) or DVD with English subtitles should
reach the Academy before the above-mentioned date along with:
1. A duly completed Entry Form (also available on our website)
2. An undertaking certifying the date of completion of the
3. Synopsis in English
4. Press Book or Publicity Brochure
5. Stills from the film & Director’s photograph
6. Name, address, telephone, fax & e-mail of the press
attaché, if any.
Rules governing selection committee for the competition section:
a) The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy will appoint the Selection
committee consisting of eminent persons including filmmakers
and others from different fields.
b) No person with any involvement in the films will be present
on the Selection committee. The committee member will provide
this in writing.
c) The selection committee can suggest films for screening
in Sections other than those applied for.
2. The selection Committee will preview submitted films on
4.3 Selection Material:
1. Last date for receiving preview material is 30th September
2009. While sending VHS or DVDs value may be declared as less
than US$ 10. Inscribe ‘No commercial value. For Cultural
purpose only’ on the parcel.
2 The Festival will not bear the cost of transportation of
preview material. DVD’s will be returned on request
at the owners cost
3. The jury will sit in judgment on films chosen by the selection
committee for competition.
Article 5. Jury & Awards
1. An independent international jury appointed by the Kerala
State Chalachitra Academy will determine the prizes. The decision
of the jury will be final.
2. No one with any involvement in the making or the exploitation
of an entry for competition may sit on the jury.
3. The jury will sit in judgment on films chosen by the selection
committee for competition.
4. The Festival Director and the Artistic Director of the
Festival are free to attend Jury deliberations but will take
no part in the deliberations or decision making.
5. In addition to the cash awards the Jury is free to award
special jury prizes and mentions to any aspect of filmmaking.
These will not carry any cash prizes.
The jury will be the final and only authority to judge the:
Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) and the Rajata Chakoram
(Silver Crow Pheasant) awards of the festival. The jury will
(1) Suvarna Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 1,000,000/-
(about $US 20,000) to the best director and the producer
(2) Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 300,000/-
(about $US 6,000) to the best director and
(3) Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of Rs. 200,000/-
(about $US 4,000) for the Best Debut filmmaker.
In addition to the above, a Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize
of Rs.100,000/- (about $US 2,000) will be awarded as the Audience
Prize to the director of a film that is voted by the delegates
of the festival as the Best Entry in competition.
A FIPRESCI Award adjudged by an independent jury setup by
FIPRESCI will choose the best film for the FIPRESCI Award
the Best Malayalam Film in the competition and Malayalam Cinema
An independent jury set up by NETPAC will adjudge the best
Asian Film in Competition and the Best Malayalam Film in the
competition and Malayalam Cinema Today sections.
An Independent Jury will adjudge The Best Debut Indian film
for the Hassan Kutty Award instated by Mirabai Films.
Article 6. Insurance & Shipping:
1. The festival will incur shipping cost of the prints of
2. All films must be imported using the festival freight agent.
The festival will not be responsible for films imported by
any other means.
3. Films will be sent back to the participants only to the
address indicated in the entry form or as instructed in writing,
within two weeks of the festival closing date.
4. IFFK 2009 will pay storage and insurance costs for selected
films throughout the period in which the cinematographic materials
are in the festival authority’s custody. In case of
print loss or damage, the liability of the festival authority
will not exceed the value indicated in the official entry
5. In the event of damage to a print, any claims lodged by
the lender of the copy must be communicated to the festival
at the very latest, within one month of return of the print
to the lender.
6. The festival shields itself against liability for the oldness
of a print, by informing the lender by letter or e-mail about
any deterioration of the print, after receiving the same.
7. Reimbursement for any eventual damage will be sent to the
lender of the print in the lending country upon presentation
of the invoice.
8. If the insurance company is obliged to reimburse damages
only to the festival authority, it shall immediately upon
receipt of this reimbursement, remit the sum to the lender
of the copy.
Article 7 Copies for archive:
1. Winners of awards will deposit an English subtitled DVD
copy of the award winning film for use by the Kerala State
Chalachitra Academy for non commercial, academic purposes.
2. The winners of Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant)
and Rajata Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) awards will be
welcome to deposit a print of the Award winning film in the
Academy Archive, by receiving the cost of the print from the
The Chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy as Director
of the festival has the authority to settle all cases not
covered by the present rules.
Article 9. Promotional programme on Television:
1. Please send at least 4 different excerpts of maximum three
minutes length each.
2. The film lender should indicate whether the excerpts should
be sent to him at his expense.
3. If excerpts are not available, the film maker is requested
to authorise the festival authority to tape four excerpts
of a maximum length of three minutes each, under its supervision.
4. The Festival has the authority to give maximum publicity
to films being screened at the Festival.
No cuts or changes will be made in the films by the festival
management for any reason. The Festival abides not to hold
for each film more than the three screenings as allowed by
The final print of each selected film must reach the sole
shipping agent accredited by the festival authority before
25th November 2009 if prints are not received by 25th November
2009 screening can be cancelled.
The import, distribution & commercial exhibition of all
films to be presented in any section of the festival will
be exempted from customs duty.
Films will be presented within the official section of the
festival, only if they have been produced following cinematographic
professional rulings in the country of production and if their
priority destination is for normal and continued theatrical
A list of films selected will be posted on the Academy website
by 10th November 2009. Only films selected will be informed
The festival will ensure that the films are screened at the
best available theatres. The names of the theatres and their
seating capacities will be made available for information.
The festival will also make available a schedule of the entire
program that will take place during the festival period.
All relevant information regarding a film should be furnished
in the entry form for inclusion in the official festival book.
The festival will not present any film to any person or organisation
(other than the International jury) before the official public
screening or eventually, before the general screening for
the journalists, unless specifically asked by the producer.
The promotional facilities in the Film Market organised by
the festival authority can be made use of by the festival
(a) (1) The Director or one producer of a film selected for
competition will be invited with full hospitality for participation
in the festival.
(2) Director of films selected for World Section will be provided
accommodation only during the festival. If the Director is
unable to attend he may nominate in writing the producer or
any other member of the cast or crew.
(3) Director or Producers of films selected in the Indian
section will be invited to participate.
(4) Director or Producer of the films selected in the Malayalam
section will be provided accommodation and IInd AC train fare.
(b) The address of the Director and Producer as mentioned
in the entry form will be considered.
(c) Directors or Producers of films in any section who are
residents of Thiruvananthapuram will not be provided any accommodation
but will be given guest registration.
(5) The Festival Director reserves the right to invite as
guests any person or persons involved in the films participating.
Participation in the festival implies acceptance of all aforementioned
regulations and selection conditions.
All materials may be sent to the following address:
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy
Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram 695 010, Kerala, India
Tel: +91-471-2310323, 2312214 Fax: +91-471-2310322
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