Registration has opened for the festival, along with the announcement of the festival's first six films to be screened, all of which will be attended by the directors for a question and answer session with the audience.
"Among other highlights, docu features-A Syrian Love Story by British director Sean McAllister, the Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's much-lauded Sonita, and fiction features -Thailand's first female director, Pimpaka Towira's The Island Funeral, South Korean director Jeon Soo-il's A Korean in Paris, Rajeev Ravi's Malayalam film Kammatipaadam and Mangesh Joshi's Marathi film Lathe Joshi will be screened and the directors will be present at DIFF 2016."
This year sees a change of venue from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, which is undergoing major renovations until 2018, to the Tibetan Children's. The festival films will be screened in two auditoriums on the campus with all other events, including master classes, panel discussions, workshops and a food and craft fair all located within walking distance.
DIFF is presented by White Crane Arts & Media, a trust founded by veteran filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to promote contemporary cinema, art and independent media practices in the Himalayan regions of India.
Registering for the festival is now available on Book My Show.