The 17th International Film Festival of Kerala, which gave an un-matching and never before visual treat for its delegates and made the capital city a hot-hub of film lovers and admirers for the past seven days will wrap up today evening with the gala programme organized at Nishagandhi open-air auditorium. The main highlight of the festival was the increased number of youth participation among both delegates and filmmakers than all its predecessors.
Chief Guest of honor for the closing ceremony will be the most acclaimed South African filmmaker Souleymane Cissé. Minister for cinema-sports-forest KB Ganesh Kumar will present the awards including the most prestigious Golden Crow Pheasant to the winning films. Cultural Affairs minister KC Jospeh will chair the function. Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K Chandrika, Principal Secretary to Kerala government Cultural Affairs Sajan Peter, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Chairman Priyadharshan and Academy Secretary K Manoj Kumar will also attend the function.
The closing ceremony timed for six in the evening, which is to be followed by the special performance, ‘journey of rhythm’, composed and performed by thavil maestro Karunamoorthy and 100 Thapattam players. Thapattam also known as Pariattam is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu. The festival of people will end up with participation from their side. Each person in the audience will be provided with the instrument to play while the programme in on. It will last for 20 minutes.