The 26th International Film Festival kicks off from March 18-25 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, showcasing the resurgence of people in crisis due to the pandemic and war.


The eight-day festival will screen over 180 films across 15 venues. This time, more than ten thousand delegates will be allowed to attend the party. Full room occupancy is allocated for the first time since the covid pandemic. The festival has seven packages including an International Competition Category, a World Cinema Category featuring the latest films from world renowned directors, Indian Cinema Now, Malayalam Cinema Today, Classics Recovery and Nedumudi Venu Tribute .

The Films from Conflict package, which depicts life in conflict-torn countries, is the main attraction of the festival. It includes films from Afghanistan, Burma and Kurdistan, the countries facing unrest in the peace due to internal conflicts. The FIPRESCI Critics’ Week will present a set of films that have won FIPRESCI awards at various international festivals over the past two years. This time, a retrospective tribute to the late actor Nedumudi Venu is also included.


Anatolian Leopard by Turkish director Emer Cayce, Camila Comes Out to Net by Clara Zola, You Look Like Me by Dina Emir, Nishidho, Habitat Strategy and Pebbles will be among the films in the international competition.

Conflict’s films include the Afghan film Drowning in Holy Water, Opium War by Siddique Burmak, the Kurdish film Kilometer Zero, Marooned in Iraq and Money Has Legs, a Burmese film. Film Academy secretary C Ajoy says the festival is being held to Covid standards and masks are being made compulsory for delegates.