Dharamshala: - The Tibet Film Festival's worldwide short film competition entered its fifth year with a screening of entries on Saturday October 25. The festival took place in Dharamshala, India and Zurich, Switzerland.
The competition in Dharamshala featured 10 short films from genres ranging from romance and comedy to horror and drama. Many young filmmakers chose to use the medium to tackle political messages about the Tibetan freedom struggle, highlighting the importance of film in conveying messages about Tibet.
The Jury for this year comprised of Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Pema Shitsetsang, Losang Gyatso, Kesang Tseten and Tenzing Sonam. Three jury prizes were awarded and an audience award.
First Jury Prize went to Tashi Wangyal for the relationship drama, 'A Game to Remember'. Second prize was awarded to Taklha for 'Year 2020' and third prize went to Tenzin Namdol's film 'Drinlen'.
The Audience Award for Dharamshala went to Taklha for 'Year 2020', a film about Tibetans hope for freedom.
The festival representative said Tibet Film Festival is, "dedicated to Dhondup Wangchen who made the film 'Leaving Fear Behind', this film was made in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and it has interviews from Tibetans from all across the plateau, farmers, students, young people, old people and talks about their suffering and frustration and unhappiness with the Chinese rule in Tibet.
This film came out at a time when there was very little information and it became a very precious glimpse into the reality of what is happening inside Tibet."
Golok Jigme, who contributed to the making of 'Leaving Fear Behind', introduced the festival following the screening of the opening film 'Saving Dolma' by director Kesang Tseten, a tragic and touching documentary about the difficulties faced by Nepalese migrant workers in the Gulf States.
The festival had two successful days including packed house screenings of 'Tibetan Guerrillas in Exile' and 'Tibet in Song', which was followed by a long Q&A with the Director.