Digital Edition Of Dharamshala Film Festival To Be Held From 29 October

A still from ‘Pearl Of The Desert’ film

Dharamshala: The raging pandemic has forced the organiser of the popular Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) to innovate and go digital to hold its 9th Edition of screening quality cinema. With this festival DIFF will be one of the first major film festival in India to launch a digital edition.

The organisers today annouced here that the 9th Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) would be held online from 29 October to 4 November 2020.

The comminuque stated that conversations, panels, master classes and workshops with filmmakers and industry professionals are also to go online.

Festival manager Deepthi Pendurty said, “DIFF is happy to announce its initial lineup of six feature documentaries and four narrative features.”

Documentaries include:

  • 76 Days (Dir: Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, Anonymous |USA|2020)-On Covid-19 outbreak
  • Pearl of the Desert (Dir: Pushpendra Singh|2019|India)
  • A Rifle and a Bag (Dir. Arya Rothe, Cristina Hane? and Isabella Rinaldi| India/Romania/Italy/Qatar|2020)
  • The Kingmaker (Dir. Lauren Greenfield|UK/USA|2019)
  • Softie (Dir. Sam Soko|Kenya|2020)
  • Welcome to Chechnya (Dir: David France|USA|2020)

Feature Narratives include:

  • Corpus Christie (Dir. Jan Komasa|Poland|2020)
  • Identifying Features (Dir. Fernanda Valadez|Mexico/Spain|2020)
  • Air Conditioner (Dir. Fradique|Angola|2020)
  • Shell and Joint (Dir. Isamu Hirabayashi|Japan|2020)

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 festival has been 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.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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