bringing independent cinema to the MOUNTAINS
For four days, from 24th to 27th October, 2013, the hills of Dharamshala came alive with the sights and sounds of over thirty fiction, documentary, short and experimental films, all carefully selected from the best of contemporary independent cinema.
The festival opened with Ritesh Batra’s acclaimed The Lunchbox. Producer Guneet Monga was present to introduce the film. Over the next three days, filmmakers Anand Patwardhan, Jennifer Baichwal, Amit Virmani, Prasanna Vithanage, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Nishtha Jain, Maximón Monihan, Nagraj Manjule, Ramon Zürcher, Sange Dorjee Thongdok, Nitin Kakkar and Sylvia Wilczynski presented their films and mingled with film critics, film festival directors and film lovers from across India and around the world.
Highlights included the Director’s Cut version of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing, Nagraj Manjule’s devastating first film, Fandry, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s stunningly photographed Watermark, Alison Klayman’s powerful Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, and Nitin Kakkar’s hugely popular Filmistaan.
DIFF 2013 also presented, in collaboration with Vienna-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, an unusual sidebar of films made by leading international artists, rarely seen outside the gallery space.
A range of recent short films from India, curated by noted indie filmmaker, Umesh Kulkarni, was also presented at the festival.
Now that the dust has settled on DIFF 2013, preparations have begun for DIFF 2014. Dates will be announced soon. Please keep checking DIFF’s Facebook page for updates.