“I think DIFF is amazing; your passion and commitment to create a film festival so completely engaged with life and society is so rare… For me it has definitely been the festival of the year.” – Guy Davidi, director, 5 Broken Cameras
When filmmakers and longtime Dharamshala residents Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam started the Dharamshala International Film Festival in 2012, their main aim was to give the local community a platform for good alternative cinema. Five years later DIFF has become one of India’s leading independent film festivals and draws audiences from across the world.
For one long weekend each year DIFF brings the world to Dharamshala. Momos in one hand, cappuccinos in the other, film lovers find their way to screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions and masterclasses. All of the town’s diverse communities come together to make the festival a success.
DIFF is a festival for everybody: filmmakers and volunteers, grown-ups and children, travellers from afar and the local community.
Once a sleepy town in the foothills of the north Indian Himalaya, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, is now a global destination, the exile home of the Dalai Lama, the capital of the Tibetan diaspora, and more recently, an international cricket venue.
All year round thousands of visitors from all over India and the world stream through its narrow streets, drawn by the beauty of its mountain setting and its unusual mix of Indian, Tibetan and international cultures.
Crowded with multi-cuisine restaurants, cafes, bookshops, and video parlours, McLeod Ganj exudes a cosmopolitanism that belies its size, making it the perfect location for the Dharamshala International Film Festival.
About the Presenters
DIFF is presented by White Crane Arts & Media Trust, which promotes contemporary art, cinema and independent media practices in the Himalayan areas of India. It aims to create events, spaces and opportunities to nurture, encourage and develop contemporary forms of creative expression in the region.
Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, Festival Directors
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