Dharamshala International Film Festival to begin on 3rd November


    The fifth edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place from 3rd to 6th November at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), Dharamshala. In keeping with the spirit of DIFF, this year’s programme includes 27 feature films, 15 shorts, four children’s films, four video installations, one masterclass, two conversations, two panel discussions, and community outreach events.


    The programme is curated by Festival Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. They are joined this year by Associate Director Raman Chawla, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni (programmer for the Shorts section), and Children’s Media Specialist, Monica Wahi (programmer of the Children’s Films section). 20 filmmakers, including nine international filmmakers, are coming to DIFF to present their films. 21 countries are represented and 18 films will have their India premieres, including two world premieres and one Asian premiere. The opening night film is Raam Reddy’s critically acclaimed Thithi. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Virbhadra Singh, has consented to grace the opening night with his presence.


    This year, the programme spotlights a Kangra Valley selection, which includes local Dharamshala director Sanjay Kumar’s Gaddi language feature, Man de Phere; Prabhijit Dhamijia’s short film, Asmad; and Steffi Giaracuni’s documentary about legendary Kangra Valley architect, Didi Contractor, Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building. Also of special interest to local audiences is Mickey Lemle’s India premiere of The Last Dalai Lama?


    As part of our community outreach programme, screenings are being organised in local villages, including Dharamkot, Heini and Rakked, and at the District Jail in Lower Dharamshala. A special screening is also being held for students from Harmony Through Education—a thriving school for children and young adults with special educational needs—together with students from local mainstream schools. Other outreach programmes include a film appreciation competition for 20 school students from four local schools, invitations to local schools and colleges to festival screenings, and large-scale community screenings in collaboration with Jagori Rural Charitable Trust.


    Follow the link for more information on DIFF 2016 Programme: http://diff.co.in/programme-2016.

    Online registration for DIFF 2016 is available through Book My Show at www.diff.co.in/attend.

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