If the reports are to be believed, Kerala State Film Awards will not be declared this year. As per the close sources, the State Awards has been delayed due to the internal conflicts between the Government and Chalachitra Academy.
Usually, the Kerala State Film Awards will be declared before or at the same time of National Film Awards. But this time, there is absolutely no information about the State Awards yet.
Kerala Government has been planning for a complete change in the structure of State Film Awards, on the grounds of the controversies based on the awards declaration, in the last few years.
Earlier, the Kerala Chalachitra Academy had appointed a panel with Adoor Gopalakrishnan as the head, to study the essential changes, that should be made on the Film Awards declaration, award categories and prize money.
Later, the academy submitted a detailed report based on the Adoor Gopalakrishnan panel's findings to Government. According to Chalachitra Academy Chairman Rajeevnath, the ministry hasn't responded to the reports yet.
Popular Malayalam movie industry personalities consider this incident as a clear example for Government's cold approach towards the film industry. A final decision upon the State Film Awards is yet to be taken.