The film festival is back once again to showcase a wide range of unforgettable films.

The Dharamshala Film Festival (DIFF) is celebrating it’s fifth edition this year and it’s packed with films, features, short films and documentaries. The festival is taking place at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamshala from the 3rd to the 6th of November and has received full support from the National Film Development Corporation of India as well as the Himachal Pradesh Government. We have already carried an article announcing the registrations for the event.

The event has been curated by festival directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam along with other members of the team – Associate Director Raman Chawla, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni and children’s media specialist Monica Wahi.

The festival directors said, “After reviewing hundreds of films over many months, we have put together a slate of films that embody the spirit of independent cinema, that demonstrate strong directorial vision and a willingness to take risks, and that tell stories that are relevant in today’s world.”


Over 15 Indian and other international film makers will present their work. Most of these films have been screened at prestigious international festivals and will be premiering in India for the first time. Here is the entire list:

Feature documentaries:

Wojciech Staroń’s Brothers (Poland)

Steffi Giaracuni’s Didi Contractor: Marrying the Earth to the Building (Switzerland)

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog (France, USA)

Mickey Lemle’s The Last Dalai Lama? (USA)

Stanzin Dorjai Gya and Christiane Mordelet’s The Shepherdess of the Glaciers (France, India)

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita (Germany, Switzerland, Iran)

Sean McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story (UK, France, Lebanon, Syria)

Pushpa Rawat’s The Turn (India)

Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s Vietnam the Movie (Vietnam)


Feature Narratives (International):

Pimpaka Towira’s The Island Funeral (Thailand)

Portmanteau film Ten Years (Hong Kong)

Jeon Soo-il’s A Korean in Paris (South Korea)

Wang Yichun’s What’s in the Darkness (China)

Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice (Singapore)

Evi Goldbrunner’s At Eye Level (Germany)              

Khyentse Norbu’s Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (Bhutan)         

Esen Isik’s Köpek (Switzerland)

Ara Chawdhury’s Miss Bulalacao (Phillipines)

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria (Germany)    

Emir Baigazin’s The Wounded Angel (Kazakhstan)


Indian features:

Raam Reddy’s Thithi

Vetri Maaran’s Interrogation

Sanjeev Kumar’s Circles of the Mind

Mangesh Joshi’s Lathe Joshi

Rajiv Ravi’s Kammatipaadam

Umesh Kulkarni’s Highway

Bauddhayan Mukherji’s The Violin Player


Short films (International):

Tenzin Dasel and Rémi Caritey’s Royal Café (France)          

Kristóf Deák’s Sing (Hungary)         


Indian Short Films:

Prabhjit Dhamija’s Asmad 

Hardik Mehta’s Famous in Ahmedabad

Pankaja Thakur’s The Guide

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Six Strands

Nishant Roy Bombarde’s The Threshold

Payal Sethi’s Leeches

Nina Sabnani’s We Make Images

Gurvinder Singh’s Infiltrator



There will also be master classes, community outreach events, workshops and, for the first time, video installations from Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s private collection which will include Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s Collapse and The Incidental Insurgents (Part 1 and 2) along with Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence.

It sounds like a film festival that’s got the best of both worlds. For more information on the DIFF itself, you can visit their official website or you can just directly register for an experience you need to have in your life.