December 7-10 2018
KIFF became KNIFF the next year by including the first letter of Kazhcha’s trusted partner Niv Art Movies. KNIFF 2018 will be held from 7 to 10 December. The festival which has “Inclusion” as its theme will be inaugurated by Apurva Asrani who is a filmmaker and an influential voice in the fight for equal rights for the LGBTIQ in India. 12 feature films, including 2 documentaries will be screened in the festival. The opening film is a documentary called Bird Of Dusk directed by Sangeeta Datta. The film is about the evergreen filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh who also blurred the lines of gender definitions. Apart from film screenings, there will be Q & As with directors, panel discussions, a platform called VOICES for speeches by prominent speakers such as Sunny M Kappikkad and Kalki Subramaniam on issues such as transgender rights, caste, justice for women and Kerala’s progressive image in the light of the recent Flood and Sabarimala issue, a midnight music programme where people can listen to music and also discuss about films and other social issues, a COFFEE CHAT through which guest filmmakers are given an opportunity to chat with prominent film personalities who are in Trivandrum, SCRIPT LAB through which selected concepts(and the candidates) are exposed to a screenwriting workshop conducted by Apurva Asrani, Raghunath Paleri and PF Mathews, the result of which would be the selection of Kazhcha’s next feature film production venture. There will also be Virtual Reality films and a photography exhibition curated by Shiju Basheer called FURIOUS FRAMES which draws correlation between the Flood and Sabarimala issue.
December 8-11 2017
KIFF 2017 was inaugurated by filmmaker Anand Gandhi. The signature film of the festival was launched by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. 13 feature films and 4 documentaries were screened at the 4-days festival. 8 Virtual Reality films were also shown at the festival. The opening film was a Malayalam feature Karie by director Shanavas Naranippuzha. The festival was held from 8 to 11 December at Lenin Balawadi, Vazhuthacaud. Apart from the films, there were Q & As with the directors, panel discussions on various facets of independent cinema production, distribution and concept, a Mobile Phone Short Cinema contest called MOFI for film aspirants, a film review writing contest called The Critic, a photography exhibition called Unscripted Lives by photographer Shiju Basheer and a unique open forum platform called BRIDGE for film buffs to gather and discuss the films they watched at KIFF and IFFK and also films in general with tea and snacks provided by us. BRIDGE was led by filmmaker Sreebala K Menon. It was held on each night of the festival from 9pm to 12. A COFFEE CHAT through which guest filmmakers are given an opportunity to meet prominent film personalities in Trivandrum was also a feature of the festival.