The State Government presents annual film awards. The prestigious award for Malayalam Films given by the State Government is The Kerala State Film Awards. This award has been gifted since 1998 by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala.
The State awards began to be presented in the year 1969 and the winners are decided by an independent jury. This jury includes important personalities from the film field itself and they are decided by the academy and the Department of Cultural Affairs. A separate jury has been formed to decide the awardees for literature on cinema. It is the academy that invites the films annually that have released in a year and the jury analyses the submitted films for deciding the winners. The awards are usually presented in order to promote those films with artistic values and also for encouraging the artistes and technicians.
In order to promote those films which have artistic values, the state government has provided various concessions. They include tax exemption for such films, separate subsidy and package programmes for films shot in studios. There is also a Chitranjali Studio which is owned by the state that has all the facilities. To provide any help to the film industry A State Film Academy was established. Offices for Central Board of Film Certification and the National Film Archives of India, Pune, are present at Trivandrum. There are also branches of the Films Division and the National Film Development Corporation at Trivandrum. Three theatres in Trivandrum and few theatres in towns are owned by The State Government.