The Dharamshala International Film Festival
- DIFF debuted on 1 to 4 November 2012 in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India
- The festival was conceptualized by filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam of White Crane Films
(IIP) - The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is an international film festival showcasing the best of recent Indian and world cinema, including fiction, documentaries and shorts. DIFF debuted on 1 to 4 November 2012 in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India. The second edition was held from the 24th to 27th October, 2013. The third edition took place from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November, 2014. The fourth edition was held from 5th to 8th November, 2015. This year, the festival will take place from the 3rd to 6th of November, 2016.
The festival was conceptualized by filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam of White Crane Films as a means of bringing quality contemporary, independent cinema to the culturally diverse location of Dharamshala. DIFF will be presented through their trust White Crane Arts & Media, which promotes contemporary art, cinema and independent media practices in the Himalayan region.
As long-term residents of Dharamshala, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam have long believed that the culturally eclectic town would make an ideal location for an international film festival. Nestled in the hills of the Dhauladhar Himalayan mountain range, it is a small but cosmopolitan town populated by local Gaddis, Rajputs, Tibetan refugees and foreign expatriates from around the world. Home to the Dalai Lama and the capital of the Tibetan diaspora, Dhamashala is a unique converging point of various cultures, religions, ethnicities and languages. Sarin and Sonam aspire to establish DIFF “as a world-class film festival where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an intimate, creative and informal way” and to “promote and encourage local filmmaking talent.”
Held in a town with no cinema, the festival’s primary audience is the local Indian and Tibetan population. Addressing the lack of access to high-quality, non-commercial cinema, DIFF offers the town’s residents a window into the world of contemporary film, enriching their knowledge and understanding of other places and cultures. Apart from sharing their love for cinema, Ritu and Tenzing aim to fill the cultural gap small towns face in terms of cinema and arts.
This year, Dharamshala International Film Festival 2017 (DIFF) will make its first appearance in the beautiful town of McLeodganj, Dharamshala. The first edition of the festival will screen more than 20 feature films, and documentaries from across the world. In addition, panel discussions and master classes will also be organised, where filmmakers from India and overseas will address the gathering.
Around 22 films to be shown at the Dharamshala International Film Festival have been announced so far, more are expected to be round the corner. Highlights of those lined-up are:
- Senna by Asif Kapadia
- Summer Pasture by Lynn True, Nelson Walker and Tsering Perlo
- 5 Broken Cameras by Emat Burnat and Guy Davidi
- Nostalgia For The Light by Patricio Guzman
- ½ Revolution by Karim El Hakim and Omar Shargawi
- My Reincarnation by Jennifer Fox
- Shanghai by Dibakar Banerjee
- Bunohan (Return To Murder) by Dain Said
- Miss Lovely by Ashim Ahluwalia
- Oka! by Lavinia Currier
- Fable Of The Fish by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.
- Gattu by Rajan Khosa
The main venue of the Dharamshala International Film Festival is the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). Re-screenings, panel discussions and master classes will be held at other smaller venues like the Club House and the Tibetan Day School.
Tickets for all film screenings will be available at the festival venues. The ticket prices are as follows:
Festival Pass - Rs 600
Individual Ticket - Rs 50
Opening and Closing Night Ticket - Rs 100
Students can avail student discounts on all tickets. Tickets can also be booked online from 10 October.
So be there to witness an intercultural milieu through the medium of cinema.....