India is a diverse country; the diversity doesn’t limit itself to languages, states and religions but extends to 14 major film industries with over 2500 films made every year. With the rising quantity of films produced, the platform of showcasing them has become critical. The concept of film festivals has not only given oxygen for indie filmmakers to survive but also has created a room for parallel cinema to re-create its existence. Today, India hosts over 50 recognized film festivals ever year.
Dharamshala, a small town in the lap of the Himalayan mountains is all set to host its fourth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) from 5th-8th Nov, 2015.
Interestingly, Dharamshala doesn’t have a film industry yet DIFF had resounding success in its previous three editions. It managed to grab a lot of attention from the film fraternity and is only expected to grow bigger this year. Previous showcases of the likes of Shahid, Miss Lovely, Watermark, The Lunchbox, Court, Only Lovers Left Alive etc.has added a lot of value to their story of success.
DIFF is creating a unique platform where it is blending different kind of cinema all over the globe. It is not only creating space for independent film-makers who want to break the conventional way of filmmaking but also giving the audience an opportunity to consume some great films which otherwise would have stayed undiscovered.
The present schedule of DIFF’15 looks very promising with films like of The Act of Killing, The Tale of Iya, Masaan along with many other independent films on the list. Apart from the film screenings, the panel discussions and workshops are also expected to give the delegates an insight on the craft of filmmaking from people we look up to as filmmakers.
So, if you are a film buff and looking to spend a quality weekend away from work, book your tickets and land in the picturesque town of Dharamshala. The spirituality of the town and rawness of cinema should be good enough to recharge you for weeks to follow.
For more details on the festival and registrations visit the following links: