Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the first Himalayan film festival on September 24, 2021.
The five-day festival will be held in Leh, Ladakh, from September 24 to 28, 2021.
The inauguration of the festival will see the presence of directors and actors from the hit film Shershah, including director Shri Vishnuvardhan and lead actor Shri Siddharth Malhotra. Shershah is also the festival’s opening feature.
- Screening of popular films during the 5 days of the festival.
A set of contemporary national prizes and selected films in Indian panorama will be presented during the event. The screenings will take place at the Sindhu Sankriti Auditorium, Leh which has digital projection facilities.
- Workshops, masterclasses and conversation sessions
A diverse set of workshops and masterclasses will be organized where filmmakers, critics, technicians from the Himalayan region will be invited to pass on their knowledge and skills to local film buffs. This will serve as a necessary stimulus to ignite a creative inclination towards cinema.
- Competition Section – Short and Documentary Competition
Short films and short documentaries have been invited to the Competition section. The awards recognize the best film to be given to the director and producer, the best photograph, the best editor and the best story.
- Gastronomy Festival: The cuisine of the different regions of Ladakh is unique due to its distinct geography and weather conditions. The festival venue is to host the food festival for a period of five days.
- Cultural shows: Cultural shows will be organized in collaboration with the Department of Culture to showcase the rich cultural diversity of Ladakh.
- Music festival: young musicians from Ladakh were invited to perform on site
The Himalayan region of India attracts filmmakers from all over the world due to its unique scenic endowment. The region’s unique geography is widely documented, along with its indigenous peoples, traditional skills and occupations. In this context, the film festival offers local filmmakers the opportunity to tell their stories to a wider audience.
Over the past two decades, the independent film industry in the region has taken shape with filmmakers producing films in the local language. The same period also saw rapid electrification of the region which is the prerequisite for the development of the audiovisual sector.
With these developments, a popular film produced in India reaches Ladakh, but Ladakh stories are still unknown, especially from the perspective of local filmmakers. The film workshops, masterclasses and conversation sessions in this context will help impart the necessary skills and networking opportunities to aspiring and established filmmakers.
The Himalayan Film Festival also plans to institutionalize a Himalayan film fraternity that will have a productive impact on filmmaking in the Himalayan regions of India. Popular films from the Himalayan region and other film states of India will be shown during the 5-day festival.
Competition Section Jury
- Ms. Manju Borah, President (Assam)
- Mr. GP Vijayakumar, member (Tamil Nadu)