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The inaugural edition of ViBGYOR Film Festival was held from February 22-25, 2006 in Thrissur. With the initiative of Chetana Media Institute (Thrissur), Nottam(Kerala) and Abhivyakti Media for Development(Nasik), this first edition of VIBGYOR was organized with the help and participation of a number of organizations and institutions. Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Kerala Sahitya Academi, Kerala Sangeetaha Nataka Academy, Kerala Lalitah Kala Academy, Dept. of Public Relations (Kerala), Dept. of Tourism (Kerala), C-DiT, CEE(Bangalore), INSAF, CenSE, GAIA and also a number of film societies in Kerala were part of organizing this festival. Thrissur Corporation and Thrissur District Panchayat were involved as the main supporters of this festival. This festival was a logical continuation of the Film Festivals, Small Films in a Smaller World of February 2004 to Gargi Women Film Festival of May 2005, organized by Chetana Media Institute earlier with other organizations and institutions.

Two Hundred films were screened and four awards were given away in two categories – documentary and short fiction in the first ViBGYOR Film Festival. The Competition section at national level for Documentaries was based on the theme `Women Frames’. Non-competitive section included national and international short fiction, documentaries, music videos, animations and spots based on the theme `Identities and Diversity’.

The Festival began on Februay 22nd morning, with a National Conference on `Identities and Diversity’, in which Dr. Kancha Ilaiah delivered the Keynote address. In the evening Mr.Lasse Naukkarinen from Finland inaugurated the festival. On 23 rd evening there was a special event where the representatives from various people’s movements addressed the various aspects of `Water’, the theme of the year and the screening of films on Water package was inaugurated. The Closing Ceremony was on February 25th, in which Padmavibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan was the chief guest and he presented the awards. Forty filmmakers from all over India and close to a thousand delegates attended the festival.

The festival also witnessed an attempt by the Hindu right wing organization to impose cultural censorship. They objected to the screening of the music video `Vandemataram-a shit version’ and wanted to stop the festival alleging that the films shown were anti-national/patriotic and derogatory to the national pride.