Film festivals are the merging points of the National and International Cinema. It’s a stage where good cinemas released around the world are screened. The first film festival in India had its origin in the year 1952 at Delhi. Film Festivals were spread in other cities during 1990s. The film festivals were regionalized and localized from the year 2000 onwards. In Thrissur, international film festival taking place for the first time in 2004 with the support of Thrissur Corporation.
Thrissur Chalachitrakendram ( A unit of Janasamskara Chalachitra Kendram ) has brought the best in contemporary and classic cinema to its audiences through IFFT -INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF THRISSUR for nearly eleven years. In 1st & 2nd edition of IFFT in 2004 & 2005 Thrissur Corporation was an active organizer along with Chalachitrakendram. Thrissur Chalachitrakendram as the main organizer of the film festival generated funds through advertisements and sponsorships and conducted the 3rd, 4th and 5th International Film Festivals of Thrissur in years 2006, 08, 09. The 6th IFFT in 2011 got the wide and active participation from public than the previous chapters of IFFT. Running 7th ,8th, 9th and 10th edition of Film Festival successfully with the support of Thrissur Corporation and Thrissur Jilla Panchayat, IFFT is being one of the longest continually running film festivals in Kerala.
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