KIFF to begin from Dec 16
The first edition of Kochi International Film Festival (KIFF) will start here from December 16 to 23.
Informing this at a news conference here last night, Festival chairman K Jayakumar, former chief secretary, said more than 130 films, including over 60 movies from abroad, would be screened during the eight-day event.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would light the festival, he informed.
"We have received confirmation of over 92 films and expecting another 40," he said adding that besides foreign flicks, Malayalam and Indian movies would be screened in retrospective category.
Though a large number of foreign delegates have confirmed their participation, the exact number would be known only in the coming days, he added. Since the idea of KIFF was conceived in a short notice, there were certain teething problems, which would be rectified in the coming editons, the chairman stated. The meeting held last night also decided to conduct the festival along with other international film festivals, so that the entry of delegates could be confirmed.
Work for the next edition would begin this year itslef and would go to the international film festival calendar, so that KIFF would be able to find a suitable slot in this regard, he said.