Event History

The inaugural edition of ViBGYOR Film Festival was held from February 22-25, 2006 in Thrissur, under the initiative of Chetana Media Institute (Thrissur), Nottam(Kerala) and Abhivyakti Media for Development(Nasik), in association with a number of organizations and institutions like Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI-SRW), Dept. of Information & Public Relations (Kerala), Thrissur Municipal Corporation & Zilla Panchayath, C-DiT, CEE(Bangalore), INSAF, CenSE, GAIA and also a number of film societies in Kerala. ViBGYOR came as a logical continuation of the earlier Festivals, Small Films in a Smaller World of February 2004 to Gargi Women Film Festival of May 2005, organized by Chetana with the cooperation of other organizations.

At the inugural edition, two Hundred films were screened in the Competitive & Non-Competitive categories. The Competition section at national level for Documentaries was based on the theme `Women Frames’. Non-competitive section included national and international short fiction, documentaries, music videos, animations and spots. The theme for the Focus of the Year 2006 was `Water’ and under the Retrospective section we had three packages, of Lasse Naukarinen (Finland), Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar and Amar Kamnwar. The Festival began on Februay 22nd with a National Conference on `Identities and Diversity’, in which Dr. Kancha Ilaiah delivered the Keynote address. Mr.Lasse Naukkarinen inaugurated the festival. On 23 rd evening there was a special event where the representatives from various people’s movements addressed the various aspects of water, and the screening of films from Water package was inaugurated. The Closing Ceremony of ViBGYOR-2006 was on February 25th, in which Padmavibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan was the chief guest and he presented the awards. Forty filmmakers from all over India and close to a thousand delegates attended the festival.

The festival also witnessed an attempt by the Hindu right wing organization to impose cultural censorship. They objected to the screening of the music video `Vandemataram-a shit version’ and wanted to stop the festival alleging that the films shown were anti-national and derogatory to the national pride

The Second ViBGYOR, held from May 10-13, 2007 was organized by ViBGYOR Film Collective, Thrissur a coalition of Chetana Media Institute, NOTTAM, GAIA, Visual Search, CenSE, Abhivyakti with the support and collaboration of SICHREM, ESG, ActionAid, VAK, INSAF, National Adivasi Andolan, VISTHAR, the Other Media Communications, Focus on Global South, NESA and many film societies in Kerala. Thrissur Corporation and Zilla Panchayath, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, FFSI (SWR) and KTDC supported the event.

The festival started with a National Conference on May 10th, jointly organized by the ViBGYOR Film Collective, VAK-DIC and ActionAid, based on the focus theme of the year, `Earth’. Mr. Raveendranath MLA inaugurated the Conference. Dr. Ram Dayal Munda delivered the keynote address, ‘Land—ownership and displacement in the context of globalization and Privatization’. The same evening, in the VIBGYOR Opening Ceremony, the renowned Bangladeshi Filmmaker Ms. Yasmin Kabir inaugurated the Festival. Doyen of Indian documentary films Anand Patwardhan, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Chairman K.R.Mohanan, District Collector Dr. M. Beena, Herman Vehlag, Animation filmmaker from France, Festival Director K.P.Sasi and others spoke on the occasion. K.R.Mohanan released the ViBGYOR Film Festival Book by giving the first copy to Collector. The Inaugural Films Package included `Images you didn’t see’ (Patwardhan), `A Certain Liberation’ (Yasmin Kabir), ‘Nijuman No Borei-200000 phantôms’ (Jean Gabriel Perriot), `In the Name of Development’ (Dayabati Roy & Partha Sarathy), ‘Peace Dreams’ and ‘Theeram’ (Sanju Surendran).

An innovative feature of the second edition was ‘Festival to the People’, held in Pananchery Panchayat, some 10 kilometers away from Trichur town. Screening his film `Ram Ki Nam’, Mr. Anand Patwardhan inaugurated the people’s initiative. Films were screened over three days at five different centers of the panchayat; alongside there were activities for children like animation workshops and a painting competition on the theme `My River’. There was good turn out of participants at all centres..

On the second day evening, there was a formal inaugural ceremony of the ‘Earth Event’ and Earth film Package. Mr. Murali, Bharat award winning Malayalam film actor and chairperson of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academi inaugurated the function. Close to two hundred films from all over the world streamlined under the various sections, ViBGYOR package, Earth package, Kerala spectrum, Global Concerns, Glimpses (Silvio Tendler, Brazil) and Retrospectives were screened at the second edition. The three Open Forum discussions highlighted various themes and conerns. Filmmakers and delegates from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, France and different parts of India participated in various activities. Activists from Karnataka, Orissa, Chattisgar and Kerala were there representing different people’s movements. A Media Exhibition was launched this year. The closing ceremony was held in Pananchery Panchayat on 13th May evening.