Thiruvananthapuram: The 18th International Film Festival of Kerala that lasted for 8 days has come to a close. Spectators belonging to different parts of the world left the capital city of Kerala carrying loads of memories of cinemas from the world panorama. It was really a great platform for exchanging our thoughts and breaking the cultural barriers that existed among the people. Eight days passed like a smooth breeze. Those were the days of dashing from theatres to theatres catching vehicles, enjoying snacks, expressing opinions about movies for various channels, running after the directors and celebrities for autographs and so on. It also acted as a way to establish amity with a lot of people hailing from different backgrounds.
Now the time has gathered to bid farewell to the world classics and newly formed bonds. The programme has come to an end with the closing ceremony held at Nishagandhi. It was time for the much awaited moment-the distribution of prizes. Iranian movie Parviz bagged the Golden Crow Pheasant award. Kanya talkies directed by K.R.Manoj was selected the best movie in Malayalam. Ivan Veskov got the prize for best debut writer. His film Iratta received the award for the best foreign film. Natpak prize was given to Megh Dhake Tara.
On behalf of the closing session, a group dance was performed infront of kairali theatre. It was enjoyed by a huge crowd. Every participant of the film festival left the place with an optimistic note of coming back again. The curtain has finally fallen on the doors of film festival with the expectation of making it more colourful next year.