Kerala Film Critics Association Awards

Kerala Film Critics Association Awards

Silver Jubilee logo
Awarded for Best in film
Country India
Presented by Kerala Film Critics Association
First awarded 1977

The Kerala Film Critics Association Awards are presented annually by the Kerala Film Critics Association to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Malayalam language film industry of India. The awards were instituted in 1977.


The Kerala Film Critics Association had a humble start in 1977 when a group of film journalists met at the behest of K. Aniyan, and Baby. The maiden award was presented to Yudhakandam at a modest function. Since then, the status of the award had increased and the function was becoming more colourful with every passing year.[1] In 2005, director P.Venu was bestowed with Kala Prathiba Award for his immense contribution to Malayalam cinema.

Juries and rules

The films are selected by the members of the association. Initially, only those films that were released in theatres were considered for the award. Later, following the state award pattern, all censored films began to be considered. The aspirants have to remit an entry fee of Rs. 500 and the screening charge for contest for the award (as of 2002).[1]

Award categories

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor - Male
  • Best Actor - Female
  • Second Best Film
  • Second Best Actor - Male
  • Best Supporting Actor - Female
  • Best Debut Director
  • Best Story
  • Best Script
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best Music Director
  • Best Lyricist
  • Best Playback Singer - Male
  • Best Playback Singer - Female
  • Best Popular Film
  • Special Jury Award

In addition to regular categories, the association occasionally presents special awards.



Special awards


Special awards


Special awards


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  2. "Atlas-Film Critics Awards Announced". The New Indian Express. 5 April 2015.
  3. "Chalachitraratnam Award". The New Indian Express. 19 April 2013.
  4. "Chalachitraprathibha Puraskar". The New Indian Express. 19 April 2013.
  5. "Chalachitra Ratna award for O.N.V. Kurup". The Hindu. 18 May 2012.
  6. "Chalachithra Prathiba award". The Hindu. 18 May 2012.
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