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Inaugural Film of 18th IFFT Thrissur
International Film Festival


Inaugural Movie:




Director: Premchand

Producer: Muktha Deedi Chand


JOHN, intends a due tribute to the director John Abraham - the iconoclast of Indian cinema. He was reportedly singing his last as he tripped from an unfinished building which bears a clear metaphorical implication to his life. The movie probes into the gloomy other side of his celebrated anarchy which in turn portrays the uncherished dream cinema endeavors of this genius. John's last film 'Amma Ariyan' was 'report to mother', while this film is 'report to father' as he revisits his nears and dears from the graveyard, where he was buried along with his father as per his last wish.

ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമയുടെ വിഗ്രഹ ഭഞ്ജകനായ  സംവിധായകൻ ജോൺ എബ്രഹാമിന് അർഹമായ ആദരാഞ്ജലികൾ അർപ്പിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രമാണ് -  ജോൺ.  തന്റെ ജീവിതത്തിന് സാദൃശ്യാത്‌മക സൂചന നൽകുന്ന, പൂർത്തിയാകാത്ത ഒരു കെട്ടിടത്തിൽ നിന്ന് തെറിച്ചുവീഴുമ്പോൾ, അദ്ദേഹം അവസാനമായി പാടുകയായിരുന്നു.   അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ആഘോഷിക്കപ്പെട്ട അരാജകത്വത്തിന്റെ ഇരുണ്ട മറുവശത്തെ  സിനിമ അന്വേഷിക്കുകയും, ആ മഹാപ്രതിഭയുടെ വിലമതിക്കാനാവാ ത്ത സിനിമാ പ്രയത്‌നങ്ങളെ ചിത്രീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ജോണിന്റെ അവസാന ചിത്രം 'അമ്മ അറിയാൻ' അമ്മയ്ക്കുള്ള  റിപ്പോർട്ട്' ആയിരുന്നു, എന്നാൽ ഈ ചിത്രം 'അച്ഛനോടുള്ള റിപ്പോർട്ട്' ആണ്. തന്റെ അവസാന ആഗ്രഹപ്രകാരം പിതാവിനൊപ്പം അടക്കം ചെയ്ത ശ്മശാനത്തിൽ നിന്ന്, അടുത്തവരെയും പ്രിയപ്പെട്ടവരെയും പുനർസന്ദർശിക്കുന്നതാണ് ഈ ചിത്രം.

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18th IFFT @ Kerala - 2023 March 03-09 
INOX MOVIES- Sobha City Mall - Thrissur 
International Film Festival Thrissur 



FIPRESCI -India Award for Best Debut International  

K W JOSEPH Film Award for BEST Indian Debut - 

Award for BEST Malayalam Debut   


Contemporary World Cinema- 


Indian Panorama


Malayalam Cinema Now 

Retrospective - 
~Ananth Narayan Mahadevan -


75 Years of FILM SOCIETY MOVEMENT in India


PAVITHRAN Memorial Lecture 

Sumithra Peris Anusmaranam-- Premendra Mazumder -

Sudhir Nandgoankar  Smarana


Mrinalsen   - Centenary 


Satyajit Ray -  Re visited


പ്രിയ സുഹൃത്തുക്കളെ,

18-മത് IFFT യുടെ വേദി ശോഭ മാളിലെ INOX മൂവിസിലെ രണ്ട് സ്ക്രീനുകളാണ്. 

 2023 മാർച്ച്‌ 3 മുതൽ 9 വരെ. 

 70 സിനിമകളുടെ DCP പ്രദർശനമാണ് ഉണ്ടാവുക.

 ദിവസം 10 പ്രദർശനങ്ങൾ

 രാവിലെ 10 മണി മുതൽ രാത്രി 8 മണി വരെ. ഒരു ദിവസം 4 പ്രദർശനങ്ങൾ മുൻകൂട്ടി റിസർവ്  ചെയ്യണം. 

 പ്രതിനിധി ഫീസ് ₹ 2000/ 


 ഫെബ്രുവരി 17നു schedule പ്രസീദ്ധികരിക്കും.

 സിനിമയുടെ കുറിപ്പുകൾ അടങ്ങുന്ന NEWSLETTER ഉണ്ടാവും. 

സിനിമകൾ തെരഞ്ഞെടുത്തു റിസർവ്  ചെയ്യാം. 

ഓഫ്‌ ലൈൻ / ഓൺലൈൻ റിസർവേഷൻ ഉണ്ടാകും. 

ഫെബ്രുവരി 25 നുള്ളിൽ  സീറ്റുകൾ റിസർവ് ചെയ്യണം. 


INTRODUCTION - Film Festivals have evolved through the seven decades and have occupied an indelible space in the cultural milieu in India. Starting from 1952 after the first International Film Festival in Delhi, the movement has spread its presence to other locations also. Through 1990s the film enthusiasts of semi urban lower tier towns and also villages, began to undertake bold initiatives to propagate the concept of good cinema through Film Festivals. State Governments also realized the cultural impact of the movement and started to provide spaces and the movement received the much needed push from them. After initial hesitation, the rural folk also gradually joined the bandwagon and the idea of Film Festival became an integral organ of the socio cultural space. The year 2004 marked the rise of Thrissur Janasamskara Chalachitra Kendram and with the unstinted support from Thrissur Corporation, we conducted a highly successful campaign for bringing in the concept of Good Cinema to the enlightened denizens of Thrissur. Since then we have never looked back. Progressively, in the subsequent years, the festival matured into one of the most sought after Film event in the state. History of Previous Festivals - The festivals of yesteryears were not restricted to movie house exhibitions. Seminars and talks by eminent film and art personalities witnessed active and ardent participation from all walks of life. The Tier 2 towns and villages were also brought to our operational ambit and the involvement of enthusiasts from those places were encouraging. The role of Festival Booklets cannot be discounted. They provide insightful information of the screenings held and are historical documents. The booklets brought out by us with their brief and clear information were well received by the film fraternity. Our endeavours in the publishing field resulted in the publication of five books. Two of them were biographies, one of P K Nair, the former director of Film Archives of India and of K R Mohan the eminent film maker. We had the fortune to host an array of distinguished guests in all the previous festivals. Shyam Benegal , Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Late Budhadeb Dasgupta, Girish Kasaravalli, Bharathi Raja, Madhur Bhandarkar, Late K G George , Shaji N Karun ,K P Kumaran, TV Chandran were some of the doyens whom we had the privilege to have as our guest speakers. COLLABORATORS - Without the support of participating establishments, we would not have reached the desired heights. Thrissur Corporation, Federation of Film Societies of India, Thrissur JIlla Panchayath, andmany other organizations rendered us meaningful support, for which we aregrateful.


It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the 18th edition of International Film Festival of Thrissur, Kerala which is scheduled to happen from March 3rd to 9th, 2023. As a joint venture of the Thrissur Janasamskara Chalachitra Kendram,Thrissur Corporation, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, FFSI keralam & Thrissur Jilla is going to be one of the marked socio-cultural events that are lined up for this year in central Kerala. The different kinds of collectives that films could bring about, just like many other art and cultural forms have been pivotal in bringing about new ideas and often in changing the social status quo of a time. Therefore, bringing the movie enthusiast back to the physical space of the theatre from the confines of ‘containment zones’ and away from the pandemic- induced self isolation has become part of the design of all recent film festivals. To break down the mental barriers of languages, nations, communities as well as to dissolve the distinctions between the moviemaker and the audience who are brought together under the common rubric of ‘the cinephile’ is part of the festival design. In addition to this feature, the benchmark feature of this festival will be the prominence that is given to debut directors and their films as it has been the tradition of IFFT from its inception. Film screenings at INOX Theatre in SOBHA CITY MALL -will include selections falling under the categories World Contemporary Cinema, Indian Panorama and Malayalam Cinema now. Beginning with IFFT 18, an award for the best debut film in Malayalam and debutant director will also be instituted from this year in addition to the already existing FIPRESCI Award for International debut film/ debutant auteur and K.W. Joseph Film Award for Indian debut film/ debutant auteur. Looking forward to a fruitful interaction between people from various walks of life aligned around the medium of cinema in both real and virtual modes. Best wishes and regards, Niveditha Kalarikkal



18th IFFT - International Film Festival Thrissur@INDIA - kerala (2023 March 03-09)

Dr. Niveditha Kalarikkal currently teaches in the Centre for Comparative Literature, Sree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. She has taught Comparative Literature & Translation Studies in the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar from 2013 to 2021. She holds a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Hyderabad and her research areas include Translation Studies, Modern Indian Literatures, Print Culture Studies and Postcolonial Studies. She has published research articles in both English and Malayalam.

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