Film Fellowship Programme
The Dharamshala Film Festival Film Fellows initiative aims to encourage and develop filmmaking talent in the Himalayan regions of India by inviting five young up-and-coming filmmakers to attend DIFF and participate in events including screenings of the best of contemporary independent cinema, and masterclasses and workshops conducted by industry professionals, with whom they will also have the opportunity to engage in one-to-one mentor-ship sessions.
THE FELLOWS 2017
Siddharth Chauhan is an independent filmmaker from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, where he began his career with Secret Corridor Pictures, a production house that aims to make films with local talent in Shimla. His short films include Boys Don’t Wear Nailpolish! (2015) and Papa (2015), which have travelled to festivals as far afield as Europe, Sarajevo, Indonesia, New Zealand and China. Siddharth is currently writing his first feature-length screenplay.
Sazzad Hussain is a filmmaker from Guwahati, Assam. His passion for photography began as a child when he discovered his grandfather’s old camera, and he went on to study film in the SRM film school, Thane. He also trained as an actor at Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares in Mumbai, and enjoys participating in street plays and theatre. He has made a number of short films of which Choice (2016), won him the Media Blitz prize in 2017.
Renuka Soraisam is a filmmaker from Imphal, Manipur, who also works as a graphic designer and event manager. A graduate in advertising from the Sophia College for women in Mumbai, she pursued her master’s in mass communication at Manipur University. She is also associated with the Nachom Art Foundation, which she believes has given her a better understanding of contemporary expression.
Jenifer Datta, born in Tura, Meghalaya, has been making films since 2014. She has written, directed, edited four short films, the latest of which, Thank You For Watching (2017) is currently competing at festivals. She is currently penning her first feature-length film.
Piyush Kanga is an actor / director from Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. Currently based in Shimla, he has written and directed a number of short films, including Dost (2016) — which was also screened as part of the community outreach programme at DIFF in 2016 — and Stuck-ed (2017).