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About FFSI Keralam

Federation of Film Societies of India, Kerala Region.

The Federation of Film Societies of India is the apex body coordinating the activities of Film Societies in India. The founder President of FFSI was Shri. Satyajit Ray. The FFSI has 5 regional councils: (1) Western Region (2) Northern Region (3) Eastern Region (4) Southern Region and (5) Kerala Sub Region.

The first film society in Kerala was formed on July 21, 1965 with the inauguration of Chirttalekha film society in Thiruvananthapuram under the leadership of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair, KP Kumaran and Sreevaraham Balakrishnan. With the initiative of Adoor Gopalakrishnan many film festivals were organized in many districts.These film festivals introduced serious art cinema to the Kerala public and inspired many youngsters to form film societies in different parts of Kerala. Like the Library Movement that opened the doors of world literature to the public, film societies did the same with regard to films from all over the world, triggering new thinking and writing about cinema. The 1970’s and 80’s saw the emergence of a new group of film critics and writers who were part of the film society movement, who gradually developed a rich vocabulary and ideological tools for film criticism in Malayalam. The film societies also organized many film appreciation camps, film workshops, seminars and festivals across Kerala. In the 1970’s there were more than 100 film societies in Kerala, which by the end of 1980’s began to decline with the coming to television and the popularity of VHS technology. But by the middle of 1990’s saw a re-emergence of the movement, with the number of film societies gradually increasing, and several defunct societies becoming active again. The digital technology facilitated the spread of the movement to a great extent, with films becoming available very easily and affordably. It was the result of such consistent and widespread activities of film societies that led to the formation of a film academy – Kerala State Chalachitra Academy – at the State level, and the establishment of International Film Festival of Kerala.

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