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.