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The first ever-formal organization in Malayalam Film Industry was the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce. Later an organization exclusively for the actors MALCA was active for sometime in Madras. There were also independent organizations for Producers, Distributors and Exhibitors. Then Malayala Chalachitra Parishad came into being that sought to harmonize the interests of all those who had a stake in Malayalam Film Industry. During the formative years when Film Industry was becoming popular, all the South Indian films were based in Madras. The South Indian Chapter of the National Confederation of Technicians, Artists and Workers (FEFSI) was looking after the welfare of the entire technicians in the South. As regional language films started gaining importance and strength, they started moving into the respective states with the blessing of the State Governments. But in Malayalam, technicians who play a pivotal role in the making of a film unfortunately did not have an organization for themselves with the result that existing organizations were unwilling to treat them as their members.

It was in this background that at the instance of Kaloor Dennis and Dennis Joseph discussions were initiated for the formation of an organization exclusively for the Technicians of the Malayalam Film Industry. On 10th September 1993, in a preliminary meeting held at Bharat Hotel, chaired by Director Joshi, it was decided to conduct a more elaborate meeting on 10th October. Initial funds were raised from Joshi, John Paul, Kaloor Dennis and Dennis Joseph.

Jesey, Shibu Chakravarthy and S N Swamy also took the initiative and instigated K G George, K Madhu and Sajan among others to join ranks for organizing the meeting planned for 10th of October. The meeting was chaired by K G George and was attended by 39 persons. An ad hoc committee with K G George as Chairman, Hariharan and Joshi as Vice Chairmen, Jesey as General Secretary and John Paul, Ranjith and Rajeev Kumar as Secretaries and Shibu Chakravarthy as Treasuer came into being and the organization was named as Malayalam Cine Technicians’ Association (MACTA). It was S N Swamy who suggested this name and Gayathri Ashok designed the logo of MACTA. Regional meetings were held in Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai to mobilize the activities. The first General Body, which met at the Ernakulam Lotus Club auditorium, approved the Bye-laws drafted by Paul Babu and John Paul and elected the first team of office bearers.

The National award winners of 1993 were accorded a reception by MACTA, at a colorful function in Trivandrum. The office of MACTA started to function with two staff in the portion of a building at Valanjambalam, thanks to the late film Producer Sivan Kunnampally from 22 November 1993. Veteran Producer T E Vasudevan inaugurated the office. Inspired by the vibrant presence of MACTA, an Association for Actors was formed under the title AMMA subsequently and both the organizations joined hands in bringing out a healthy inter – sector harmony for the benefit of the Malayalam Film Industry. The presence and active support extended by MACTA helped AMMA in their first fund raising programme organized at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Cochin in 1995. MACTA played a significant role in setting a number of unfortunate disputes and squabbles that had plagues the industry for a long time. MACTA is responsible for ushering in an atmosphere of camaraderie and cordially among its members as well as a feeling of fraternity amidst the sectors of the Industry.

The main objectives of MACTA include, the bringing together of creative technicians of Malayalam motion picture industry on a common platform t encourage the growth of co-operation and better understanding among the members in order to achieve absolute unity to protect their rights and interests, to set basic standards for fixing minimum fees and other benefits, in accordance with the changing times, and to persuade the authorities to recognize the film technicians as specialized creative professional workers and seek privileges like housing and pension schemes. The General Body of MACTA consists of Life and Active members only. They are eligible to vote and elect an Executive Committee to carry on the day to day working of the Association. The office bearers consist of a Chairman, two Vice Chairmen, a General Secretary, three Secretaries, a Treasurer and 12 other Executive Committee members. Election of the Executive Committee is held once in two years.

Apart from the welfare activities for its members, MACTA organizes and participates in cultural events. These mega events, conducted with the active support of other organizations of Malayalam Film industry, like the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), are often for charitable purposes. Periodically, MACTA conducts classes and workshops for aspiring young film makers.

MACTA is 21 years old now. Since the formation of a separate Federation of Trade Unions for Malayalam Film Industry, MACTA has been concentrating on Academic and Cultural areas more and focuses its interest in updating technical brilliance and aesthetic standards among its members, equating newer visual values in their creations and furthering feeling of fraternity among members of the Malayalam Film Industry. MACTA aims at diversifying its activities further by adding Media Education, Film Culture Improvement and Merchandising etc to its arena.