Thiruvananthapuram: State Cultural Minister AK Balan announced the winners of the 50th Kerala State Film Awards on Tuesday. Manoj Kana's 'Kenjira' and the yet-to-be-released 'Vasanthi' were Best Film and Best Second Film, respectively.
Suraj Venjaramoodu received the Best Actor Award for his critically acclaimed performances in Vikruthi and 'Android Kunjappan' while Lijo Jose.Pelissery bagged the Best Director Award for his internationally-acclaimed 'Jallikkattu.'
Kani Kusrithi received the Best Actress award for 'Biriyani'.
Other winners include:
Best Character Actor: Fahadh Faasil (Kumbalangi Nights)
Best Character Actress: Swasika (Vasanthi)
Best Children's Film: Nani
Special Jury Mention: Nivin Pauly, (Moothon)
Anna Ben (Helen), Priyamvada (Thottapan )
Special Jury Award for VFX in a movie: Siddharth Priyadarshan (Kunjali Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham)
Best Music Director Sushin Shyam (Kumbalangi Nights)
Best Screenplay PS Rafeeq (Thottappan)
Best Popular Film: Kumbalangi Nights
Debut director Ratheesh Pothuval (Android Kunjappan)
Best Dubbing Artist: Vineeth Krishnan (Lucifer)
Editor: Kiran Das (Ishq)
Best Singer (Male): Najeem Arshad
Best Singer (Female): Madhushree
Best Screenwriter: Rahman Brothers
Best Sound Mixing by Kannan Ganapathi
Best Photographer: Pratap V Nair
Fahadh Faasil, Nasriya, Dileesh Pothen and Shyam Pushkaran won the Producer's Award
Best Article on Cinema goes to Bibin Chandran for "The Madwoman of Madampally" and "The Clown Who Walked On His Hands".
Madhu Ambatt presided over the function. Jury members included director Abrid Shine, Salim Ahmed as well as cinematographer Vipin Mohan, editor L.Bhoominathan, sound engineer S.Radhakrishnan, singer Lathika, actress Jomol, Chalachitra Academy Secratary C. Ajoy and writer Benyamin.
A record 119 films competed this year, of which 5 films were specifically made for children. 71 debut directors were also included in the competition.