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Dharamshala International Film Festival 2015

From 5-8 November 2015, the picturesque town of McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala, a town with no cinemas, will host the fourth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF). The aim of the festival is to bring high-quality independent films and their filmmakers to Dharamshala, creating a truly meaningful, non-partisan cultural platform. Every year, the festival showcases around 45 films including features, documentaries, shorts, and animations.

Over the past three years the festival has showcased the best of Indian independent cinema, from films like Miss Lovely (2012) and Gulabi Gang (2012), to The Lunchbox (2013) and Court (2014). DIFF also endeavors to bring filmmakers to the festival, where audiences can interact with them.

Renowned filmmaker, Hansal Mehta had his films Shahid and City Lights screened at DIFF, attending the festival himself as part of the jury for the DIFF Film Fellows Programme, 2014. BAFTA award winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, attended the festival in 2012 for his feature Senna, and to conduct a masterclass on direction; while DIFF 2014 was inaugurated by Rajat Kapoor, who presented his acclaimed feature, Aankhon Dekhi on the opening night.

DIFF also curates a selection of cutting-edge international cinema, bringing Indian audiences into contact with award-winning films like A World Not Ours (2013), The Square (2013), and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012). International guests have ranged from Swiss director Mano Khalil (The Beekeeper) in 2014, to 5 Broken Cameras (2013) director Guy Davidi.

Picture Courtesy: Dharmashala Film Festival

Picture Courtesy: Dharamshala Film Festival

In 2014 we initiated our DIFF Film Fellows Programme, a mentorship programme for aspiring filmmakers from the Himalayan region. The five selected applicants attend the film screenings, workshops, and masterclasses, along with one-on-one sessions with established filmmakers.

Picture Courtesy: Dharmashala Film Festival

Picture Courtesy: Dharamshala Film Festival

DIFF has also partnered with various organisations around India to screen ‘Best of DIFF’ films from past festivals in cities like Kolkata, Chandigarh, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and the Northeast.

DIFF 2015 will bring three international filmmakers to Dharamshala this year:
Japanese documentary maker, Kaoru Ikeya, for the international premiere of Lung Ta (2015); The Maw Naing’s debut feature, The Monk (2014); and Vietnamese director, Hoang Diep Nguyen’s Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (2014). Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning documentaries on the Indonesian genocide, The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014) will also be screened at the festival. You can find the trailers for some of these on DIFF’s youtube page right below:-
From 5-8 November 2015, the picturesque town of McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala, a town with no cinemas, will host the fourth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF). Every year, the festival showcases around 45 films including features, documentaries, shorts, and animations, and organizes panel discussions, workshops, and masterclasses led by established filmmakers.

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Picture Courtesy: Dharamshala Film Festival

Over the past three years the festival has screened the best of Indian independent cinema, from films like Miss Lovely (2012) and Gulabi Gang (2012), to The Lunchbox (2013) and Court (2014). International guests have ranged from Swiss director Mano Khalil in 2014, to 5 Broken Cameras (2013) director Guy Davidi.

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Picture Courtesy: Dharamshala Film Festival

 

More films and attending filmmakers will be announced closer to the festival.
Stay up to date with DIFF programme.

Event dates: 5-8 November 2015
Event timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Event venue: TIPA and The Club House, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Find the passes to Dharamshala Film Festival, right here.

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