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KNIFF 2018

Kazhcha-NIV Indie Film Fest KNIFF 2018 is scheduled to run at Lenin Balavadi, Trivandrum from December 7 to 10, 2018. The festival, which was known as KIFF in it's inaugural edition in 2018, has underwent a minor tweak in it's name to recognise and appreciate the support from it's partner Niv Art Movies.

Since its inception 17 years ago, Kazhcha Chalachitra Vedi in its capacity as a film society has been actively involved in production, promotion and making of independent cinema. Niv Arts Movies has produced from its stables internationally acclaimed movies including ones like Sexy Durga, thereby giving a new lease of life to independent Malayalam cinema.

KNIFF, being organised on the sidelines of IFFK, is a niche festival for Indian Indie Films which have started making the world sit and notice of late. The crowd funded festival, which was embraced by film buffs for it's quality programming and value added programs last year, has chosen 'Environment' as a theme for this year's edition on the wake of the recent Kerala Floods.

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Secretary, Kazhcha Film Society

Kazhcha Indie Film Festival : Preface

Numerous promising young directors all over India are stepping forward to make movies that move away from the clutches of traditional commercial cinema, and come up with a refreshing take that convincingly dismantles the conventional view of what constitutes ‘art’ cinema, the stereotyped ones that go on to garner awards. This has in turn spurred World Cinema to sit up and take notice of the ripples caused by such independent movies that have gone on to garner several awards at various film festivals across the globe. Unfortunately back in their home they often faces complete neglect mainly since conventional film festivals are preoccupied with grandeur of a star studded ceremony.

On the other hand, due to the concerted efforts of the Kerala Chalachitra Akademi that organises the prestigious annual International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) along with the numerous film societies – both recognized and not-so-well-known -- that dot Kerala’s landscape, Malayalam independent cinema has carved out a niche for itself over the past few years.

Hence, It is a highly distressing fact for us that both Kerala Chalachitra Akademi and the IFFK which was instituted to promote such avant-garde movies from Kerala now seem to have moved away from its original aim. KIFF was, hence conceived as a corrective measure against such a ‘rejectionary’ attitude adopted by the Akademi and IFFK in promoting this parallel cinema movement

But with the course of time, KNIFF evolved to be what it has to be for the indie cinema movement of India, a common platform for all independent movies and its makers to come together. KIFF should also be rightly viewed as a genuine protest against the prejudices that have crept in over the years in the selection process and the selection committee at all major film festivals in india.

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