The awards were given to those who deserved them and there is no need for any investigation into the issue, the Minister said.
The director stated that the festival was a huge success as it gave prominence to good films
The veteran actor's powerful performance in Bhoothakalam had won her the Kerala state best actor award.
The Collective has asked the Academy chaired by director Ranjith to have a 'meaningful dialogue' with the woman filmmaker.
Leena Manimekalai has alleged that the Academy chaired by director Ranjith was practicing systemic nepotism
Any movie that was rejected by the primary jury could be recalled if four members of the final jury demanded it in writing.
Earlier, the Kerala government had appointed director Ranjith as the academy's chairperson.
Feature films, children's films censored between January 1 and December 31, film-related books, movie-related articles published in periodicals are considered for the award.
The festival that will be inaugurated at the Nishagandhi Auditorium on Feb. 4 will be screened at 12 theatres until Feb. 11.
Kamal, who heads the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, said he wrote the letter to Cultural Affairs Minister A K Balan seeking to regularise the appointment of its four employees in his personal capacity.