The 10th edition of International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) was inaugurated at a solemn ceremony here at Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, 16 June 2017 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He lighted a lamp thus inaugurating the five-day-long festival organised by Kerala Chalachitra Academy, which will conclude on June 20.

Referring to the ban, the Kerala chief minister said the state government will continue to provide platforms to those who raise voices of dissent in a democratic way. “We are committed to protect the secular and democratic ethos of India,” the CM said. He asked filmmakers to make use of advances in technology to overcome restrictions on free speech. A ban is not end of the road for artistes, he added

Kerala’s minister of culture AK Balan, in presided over the function.

He said, the Kerala government would implead in the case moved by the directors of banned films in Kerala High Court. The government has decided to join the case and convey its opinion, he said. Many of the acts of Government of India in the cultural realm point to fascist tendency which aims to stifle all opposing opinions, the minister further noted, adding: there is an undeclared emergency in the cultural arena.

The Chief Guest of the event was Kiran Karnik, who is well known for his contributions to the broadcasting and outsourcing industry.

The festival book was unveiled by Sri Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and the Daily bulletin was unveiled by Sri Lenin Rajendran.