This year’s program includes 27 feature films, 15 shorts, four children’s films, four video installations, one masterclass, two conversations, two panel discussions, and community outreach events.
The program is curated by Festival Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, and includes 20 filmmakers, of which nine international filmmakers are coming to DIFF to present their films. 21 countries are represented and 18 films will have their India premieres, including two world premieres and one Asian premiere.
Speaking at the press conference, the Festival Director Ritu Sarin also confirmed that the HP CM has accepted the invitation as the guest of honor and will grace the occasion.
This year, the program spotlights a Kangra Valley selection, which includes local Dharamshala director Sanjay Kumar’s Himachali language feature, Mane de Phere; Prabhjit Dhamija’s short film, Asmad; and Steffi Giaracuni’s documentary about legendary Kangra Valley architect, Didi Contractor, Didi Contractor - Marrying the Earth to the Building. Also of special interest to local audiences is Mickey Lemle’s Indian premiere of The Last Dalai Lama?
The opening night film is Raam Reddy’s critically acclaimed Thithi. This years festival is taking place at Upper TCV.