On December 13, 2018, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the closing ceremony of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at Nisagandhi Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
i. Around 160 films from around the world were screened at the week-long festival that commenced on December 7, 2018.
ii. The winners of the IFFK 2018 awards are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Filmmaker Majid Majidi (Iran).
Suvarna Chakoram for Best Film: The Dark Room.
Rajata Chakoram for Best Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery for Ee.Maa.Yove
iii. The 24th edition of the IFFK will be held from December 6 to 13, 2019 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
♦ Capital: Thiruvananthapuram.
♦ Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan.
♦ Governor: Palanisamy Sathasivam.
♦ National Parks: Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Mathikettan National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park.