The Kerala State Film Awards are bestowed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy since 1998. The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy is a non-profit establishment which is responsible for the prestigious ceremony.The aim of the organisation is the development of cinema in Kerala. The academy works under the aegis of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Kerala. Awards are given to inspire and empower actors, actresses, directors and other people involved in filmmaking. Esteemed personalities from the cinematic world create a jury.
The panel goes through the films that are submitted meticulously. Minister for Cinema declare the awards and Chief Minister presents the award. In the year 1989, Vadakkunokkiyantram won the Best Film award. I.V. Sasi won the Best Director award for the remarkable film Mrigaya. Mammootty won the Best Actor award for outstanding performance in Mrigaya. Urvashi won the Best Actress award for her exceptional performance in Mazhavilkavadi.
The Best Child Artist award went to
Vineeth Kumar for his brilliant performance in the movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha. Johnson got the Best Music Director award for the film Mazhavilkavadi. K. S. Chithra and M. G. Sreekumar got the Best Singer award. Overall, M. T. Vasudevan Nair got the Best Screen Play Writer award for his excellent work in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha. The Best Cinematographer award was awarded to
Ramachandra Babu for the film Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha.
The Best Lyrics award went to lyricist O. N. V. Kurup for the movie Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam. Documentary Kala Mandalam Krishnan Kutty Pothuval won the Best Documentary award. Chalachithravum Samoohavum authored by Dr. Aravindan Vallachira won the Best Book on Cinema award. The movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha won the Best Film with Popular Appeal award. The film was highly appreciated.