Submission deadline to the DIFF Film Fellows Programmes extended to 4th September 2017


    Following the success of our three previous editions, Dharamshala International Film Festival 2017  (DIFF) is pleased to announce the 2017 DIFF Film Fellows Programme—an initiative to nurture, inspire and encourage young filmmakers from the Indian Himalayan regions.


    Last year, a jury of eminent film practitioners chose five fellows from a total of 30 applicants. The winners were: Tourangbam Andy from Imphal; Vishal Langthasa from Assam; Bendang Walling from Nagaland; Abhijeet Phartiyal from Uttarakhand and Mehak Jamal from Srinagar. Filmmakers Anupama Srinivasan and Umesh Kulkarni acted as mentors to the fellows during DIFF 2016.


    This year, a further five filmmakers will be selected to participate in events including screenings of the best of contemporary independent cinema, and masterclasses and workshops conducted by industry professionals, with whom they will also have the opportunity to engage in one-to-one mentorship sessions. The programme will cover travel, food and lodging for the participants. The jury for this year’s Film Fellows programme are: feature filmmaker Shubhashish Bhutiani; Bina Paul, Film Editor and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala; and Tibetan-American documentary filmmaker, Tenzin Tsetan Choklay.


    The DIFF Film Fellows Programme is open to anyone from the following regions: Jammu & Kashmir; Himachal Pradesh; Uttarkhand; Sikkim; Arunachal Pradesh; Meghalaya; Nagaland; Manipur; Mizoram; Tripura and the hill regions of West Bengal and Assam. To apply for the fourth DIFF Film Fellows Programme, please download the application form and send your completed application to and by 4th September 2017.


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