The fifth Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), which will be held from November 3 to 6 at the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamshala, is pleased to announce its programme of films.
Presented in collaboration with long-term partners Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, the festival is also supported by the Himachal Pradesh government and the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC).
In keeping with the spirit of previous editions, this year’s programme includes feature films, shorts, children’s films, video installations, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach events—offering a selection of the best in contemporary independent cinema. As always, DIFF will showcase unconventional, adventurous works that couple cinematic experimentation with pressing political and social concerns. This year’s festival also has a strong contingent of regional Indian and Asian films.
DIFF is curated by festival directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, along with associate director Raman Chawla, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni (short films programme) and children’s media specialist Monica Wahi (children’s films programme).
Ritu and Tenzing say: “As we celebrate our fifth edition, we hope to build on the hallmarks that have made DIFF such a special event. After reviewing hundreds of films over many months, we have put together a slate of films that embody the spirit of independent cinema, that demonstrate strong directorial vision and a willingness to take risks, and that tell stories that are relevant in today’s world.”
15 filmmakers from across India and the world will present their work at DIFF 2015. Most of the films this year have been screened at prestigious international festivals and several are making their Indian premieres.
Special local interest this year comes in the form of our Spotlight on Kangra Valley programme, which features Dharamshala director Sanjeev Kumar’s feature Man de Phere (Gaddi language); Prabhijit Dhamijia’s short Asmad and Steffi Giaracuni’s documentary about a legendary Himachal architect, Didi Contractor: Marrying the Earth to the Building.
DIFF 2016 is also proud to present a selection of single-channel video installations from Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s private collection: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s Collapse and The Incidental Insurgents (Parts 1 and 2), and Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence.
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