Best Director award was bagged by Inés Barrionuevo (Argentina) for 'Camila Comes Out Tonight'.
The celebrated author also had a message to the perpetrators: 'You cannot rule as superstars forever.'
Based on a true event in 1996 the movie 'Pada' stars Kunkchacko, Vinayakan, Joju George and Dileesh Pothan in the lead.
Bhavana, who lighted the lamp along with other dignitaries at the inauguration of IFFK, was welcomed with loud applause and cheer by the audience.
The festival will be an 8-day affair and end on 25th. Around 173 films will be screened from various countries.
Kashyap said Kerala was chronicling the times we live in while Hindi cinema was distorting history.
Twelve counters have been allotted for the distribution of the delegate kits. Delegates should carry their ID proof to receive their passes.
Turkish filmmaker Lisa Calan, a survivor of ISIS terror, will be honoured at the festival.
If the government refuses to allocate full seats in the theatres which are screening the International Film Festival, there would hardly be 3750 seats for those who attend the screenings.
The 8-day film festival was set to be organized across 10 to 12 theatres in Thiruvananthapuram.