EKADESHMA FILM LAB

SCRIPT AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

EKADESHMA FILM LAB is a knowledge series created by Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival, in collaboration with Festival Del Film Locarno and Swiss Embassy Nepal.

EKADESHMA FILM LAB is focused on developing the participants’ projects in all aspects, from script to financing, participating in film festivals and international distribution.

We will select nine feature projects with writer/director and producer attached, and develop under the supervision of experts. This year we have experts like Sophie Bourdon (Open Doors Head) and Marietta (Script Doctor).

  • Spohie-Bourdon

    Sophie Bourdon

    Training, sales and festival expert Sophie has 25 years of experience in the film industry and is currently head of Locarno’s co-production platform Open Doors.

    She has also worked at the festivals of Cannes and San Sebastian, in international sales and co-production at MK2 and ACE, and has supported international cinematic luminaries such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Michael Haneke, Claude Chabrol, Abbas Kiarostami, Radu Mihaileanu and Danis Tanovic.

  • Marietta

    Marietta heads MotherofSons (MOS) Automat, a development/film production company based in Stockholm. Related areas: art and music, theatre, and television drama (screenwriter, script consultant, director, creative producer).

    Marietta is connected as script advisor with TorinoFilmLab since 2007. She’s worked with filmmakers from 47 countries (in Russia, China, Egypt, USA, etc.). Advisor at Sundance Labs Utah; Hezaya Doha; Feature Expanded UK/Italy; Biennale College; Binger; Cinelink Drama; TIFF Toronto. She worked with filmmakers such as Jennifer Kent, Nataglia Garagiola, Jonas Carpigano, Pernilla August, Aida Begic, Anna Rose Holmer, Fernando Guzzoni, Davy Chou,Duccio Chiarini, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia.

TARGET AND GOALS

EKADESHMA FILM LAB is designed for professional filmmakers.

The main goals are:

  • To develop script/treatment of each participants
  • To enhance the ability to pitch
  • To identify, develop and support new cinematic values
  • To identify the target audience and market
  • To tap into international film funds and festivals
  • Networking – both national and international

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

We are looking for 9 feature film projects represented by director and producer.

Participants must send their application to ekadeshma2017@gmail.com - in PDF format and in English language not later than October 28, 2017:

  • A professional CV, filmography (For both Producer/Director)
  • A project synopsis and a logline (max 1 page);
  • A project treatment (8-10 pages maximum)
  • A project intention note (it may include a director’s and/or producer’s notes);
  • A previous work (link to a video);
  • A first financial plan and budget.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

EKADESHMA FILM LAB consists of 9 sessions in 4 days:

  • Group Work (Divided into 3 projects in 3 groups)
  • Script Development Strategies and Target Audience
  • Script Doctor meet the writer/director individually
  • Financing during development, production and post production
  • Film Festivals Marketing and PR Strategy to Producers
  • Finding right Co-Producers
  • Pitching
  • Plenary for everyone including participants
  • Case Study
  • Hori

    • Writer/Director: Arun Deo Joshi
    • Producer: Saroj S. Sapkota
    • Production Company:
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    "Hori" is a thriller based on a house at a remote village in far-west Nepal where fighting rebel guerillas and government Army come looking for a shelter at the same time, owner of the house manage to keep them in separate place within the house amidst fear of them coming to encounter any time.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    Film Direction, Script Writing, Production, Cinematography, Visual Editing, News and Feature Editing, TV Anchoring, Reporting, Graphics Designing, Translation(English-Nepali-Hindi)

  • The Law

    • Writer/Director: Kesang Tseten
    • Producer: Ram Krishna Pokharel
    • Production Company: Icefall Productions
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: shunyatafilm@gmail.com
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    A deeply-lain conflict erupts In the backdrop of simmering resentment to the abolishment of the centuries-old caste system, when an official, who lives to uphold Hindu duty, once the legal code, sets out to destroy his nemesis, for violating THE LAW, a tale of innocent bigotry as well as redemption.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    Kesang Tseten’s documentaries have been regularly screened in Nepal and in international film festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Yamagata, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Viennale, the Margaret Mead Film festival. ‘We Homes Chaps’, ‘On the road with the red god: Machhendranath’, ‘We Corner People’, ‘Who will be a Gurkha’ and his trilogy of films on Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf have won wide recognition. His most recent films are ‘Men at Work’, part of a South Asian Masculinities project, and ‘Castaway Man’, part of a South Asian Project on justice. Tseten has been recipient of grants from Busan, IDFA and the Sundance Institute for his films. He wrote the original screenplay for the feature “Mukundo”, which was Nepal’s entry to the academy awards, and “Karma”. Before filmmaking Tseten wrote and edited and was associate editor of Himal Magazine in its early years. He is a graduate of Dr Graham’s School in India and Amherst College and Columbia University in the US.

  • The Mushroom Soup and The School

    • Writer/Director: Keshab Pandey
    • Producer: Rabindra Singh Baniya
    • Production Company: Shatkon Arts
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: keshabpande@gmail.com
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:USD 2,28,401.25
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    A school teacher of a village witnesses the death of his beloved Chepang family members suffering from mushroom poisoning during his 12 hours journey to the nearby hospital.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    Keshab Pandey, Director was born in sunwal municipality ,Nepal .He belongs to a farmer family. After completing master‘s degree in business study in marketing from Tribhuvan university, he got scholarship awarded by government of India to study cinema. He pursued post graduation diploma in film direction at film and television institute of India (FTII) Pune. His short film (Once In A Village) was selected in Tel Aviv international student film festival (2006).Israel .Beijing international student film festival (2006).China .His thesis project (Who Thought Of The Little Boy) got Kodak film school award for the best film for the Asia pacific (2008) and film was screened at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (France) 2009, Cannes film festival 2009 (France), Salento Finibus Terrae (Italy) 2009. He has done several television commercials and documentaries also lately he is exploring native stories and narrative forms of folk stories storytelling. He is also active in educational sector in Nepal.

  • Sand City

    • Writer/Director: Mahde Hasan
    • Producer: Rubiyat Hossain
    • Production Company: Khona Talkies
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: misheloutsider@gmail.com, +8801716445988
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:275,019.80 EUROS
    • Country: Bangladesh

    LOGLINE

    SAND-an unstable element, reveals the life in a ruthless metropolitan.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    MAHDE HASAN, Writer, Director Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan is a Screenwriter and Director. Time and memories are very fundamental elements in his life and work. His short film, "Photographs of a School Teacher", premiered at "IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland, 2013". Another short, "I Am Time", screened at 69th Festival del Film Locarno, 2016. Mahde Hasan placed first in the section 'movieofmylife' at 70th Locarno Festival, 2017.

  • Simi Nasa

    • Writer/Director: Manoj Babu Pant
    • Producer: Nawa Nidhi Dahal
    • Production Company: Simal Cinema
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: nawanidhidahal@gmail.com , +977,9841291572
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:US $ 185,000.000
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    In a remote village of Himalaya, an old and feeble shepherd constantly searches his successor, rejecting his son's proposal to migrate to the city.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    Name: Manoj Babu Pant

    Sex: Male

    Date of Birth: April 1, 1984

    Birth Place: Chiti, Lamjung

    Marital Status: Married

    Address: Budhanilkantha Municipality-10, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Contact: Tel: 01-4371874 / Mob: 9851015952

  • The Exam

    • Writer/Director: Pranay Limbu
    • Producer: Rudra Bahadur Gurung
    • Production Company: RBA Films
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: +977,9803178830, pranay.films@gmail.com
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:3,50,000.00 EUROS
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    In a remote nepali village , an impoverished but bright boy who is hired by a ruthless trader to harvest yarshagumba (Himalayan herbal Viagra) in the most inhospitable mountain terrain must return to his village in a month’s time with the money to sit an eligibility exam for partial scholarship in the capital city Kathmandu.

    DIRECTORS BIO

    Pranay Limbu

    Phone: 9803178830; Kathmandu Nepal. E-mail: pranay.films@gmail.com

    Profession: Screenwriter/Filmmaker

    Academic Qualifications: Post Graduate in Sociology/Anthropology; Graduate English Literature.

    Mass Communications and Journalism from Nepal Press Institute.

    International Fellow at the Documentary Centre of George Washington University, USA. (2010)

  • VIRGO

    • Writer/Director: PURNENDU JHA
    • Producer: SNEHA JHA
    • Production Company: PURNENDU PRODUCTIONS
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT:
    • CONTACT DETAILS: purnendujha7@gmail.com
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    DIRECTORS BIO

  • The Fourth Dimension

    • Writer/Director: Saiful Fardin
    • Producer: Adnan Imtiaz Ahmed
    • Production Company: Gorai Films
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: cinecocoon@gmail.com
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:EUR 130000.00
    • Country: Bangladesh

    LOGLINE

    DIRECTORS BIO

  • The Accidental Runner

    • Writer/Director: Sampada Malla
    • Producer:
    • Production Company:
    • STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: Early
    • CONTACT DETAILS: mallasampada@gmail.com
    • ESTIMATED BUDGET:2,00,00,000.00 /- Nrs
    • Country: Nepal

    LOGLINE

    Durga, a poor Nepali village girl, born with a natural ability to run swiftly, attempts to use her talent to feed her power family, but her life takes various turns as she makes choices in her life to be a Maoist, and later, enter America as an illegal immigrant, ultimately creating a world history of becoming the fastest runner in the world.

    DIRECTORS BIO

Thematic Focus

ABOUT POSTER

Life's a journey. A walk down the dark tunnel with a light at the end of it. That light entices us. Motivates us to move forward. Frustrates us, at times, but never ever lets us lose hope in our journey. It always makes sure we never give up. It always pulls us a step forward in discovering what's ahead. That light is cinema. The poster is a mere representation of that idea. The distorted perspective is how we perceive our journey. The color blue represents our feelings throughout that dark phase. The woman with the camera- our inspiration, ambition and love for cinema. The poster is an idea of how cinema is there to make us understand the meaning of our life.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Light is as fundamental for cinema as it is for life. Be it in physical or metaphysical sense. Cinema has a sense of magic that leaves an everlasting impression and instills feelings of hope, jubilance, resilience, and optimism at the times of despair. The same hope, resilience and optimism resonate with Nepali people who, despite having faced Natural calamities, political atrocities, and social stigma, have risen above it. The theme is a salute to the perseverance and optimism of Nepali people. The theme is a celebration of cinema, and the enlightenment that it brings in our lives.

PROGRAMS

  • Nepal Premiere

    a gentle night

    Qiu Yang

    SYNOPSIS

    In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gently into this good night.

    Director´s biography

    QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. His last short film A Gentle Night was selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes Short Film Competition in 2017. And in 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation competition and is now selected for more than 80 international film festivals, including the AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and nominated for the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : LI Shuxian

    Director of Photography : Constanze SCHMITT

    Producers : QIU Yang, LI Yi

    Editors : Carlo Francisco MANATAD

    Sound : MEI Zhu, Livia RUZIC, Mikko QUIZON

    Written and directed by by : Qiu Yang

  • World Premiere

    the silver bangles

    Roshan Bikram Thakuri

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 16’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    The film based on true incident occurred in Gandaki region of Nepal during Maoist insurgency about social discrimination in regard to existing caste and gender in general and about so called “unusual relation” between a Dalit boy and a Brahamin girl, their struggle to succeed for a new lease of life and post union effort for a baby in the time when the entire community was under the threat of terror of both the Maoist and the government in particular.

    Director´s biography

    With his own self-motivated devotion to film studies, predominantly art movie, Mr. Roshan Bikram Thakuri, the director of Silver Bangles got some short but meaningful training on film direction, directed “Rang” (Color), his first Nepali feature movie which established him as a creative film director in Nepali film Industry. He also directed and produced a documentary about life and education of Tibetan descent community of Rasuwa. He always attempts to juxtapose modern technology with art and culture, which is quintessentially seen in Silver Bangles as well. His self-research and study made him capable to dive into the ocean of world film trend and critique creatively.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Richa Sharma, Arpan Thapa, Sarita Gyawali, Maya Thakuri

    Director of Photography : Purushottam Pradhan

    Producers : Suman Singh, Shushil Singh

    Editors : Surendra Poudel, Animesh Sapkota

    Sound : Uttam Neupane

    Written by : Abinash Bikram Shah, Kushang Rai

    Directed by: Roshan Bikram Thakuri

  • Nepal Premiere

    TASTE OF LOVE

    PAUL SCHEUFLER

    SYNOPSIS

    What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.

    Director´s biography

    Paul is an Austrian newcomer in the film industry. He was born in March 1998 and just graduated at Ortweinschule Graz in Film & Multimedia Art. During education, he finished several short films, a commercial for Kunsthaus Graz and worked on documentaries in Vietnam and Kenya. Currently, he is living in Vienna and New York City.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Mirjam Hameter ,Georg Rauber, Berenice Heichel

    Directed by : Paul Scheufler

    Written by :Scheufler Gabriel Proedl

    Director of Photography :: Philipp Hafner

    Producer :HTBLVA GRAZ – ORTWEINSCHULE ,Paul Scheufler

    Produced by : Paul Scheufler

    Editor : Lucas Cantera Fohsl

    Score/Sound Design :Lukas Schönwiese

  • Nepal Premiere

    RETOUCH

    Kaveh Mazaheri

    SYNOPSIS

    In the corner of the home, Maryam's husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband's death. After she makes sure her husband is dead, gathered her stuff and goes out with her child. During the day, she pretends her husband is got disappeared and she does not have any news.

    Director´s biography

    Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Mazaheri to begin writing film criticism for Iranian magazines after graduating from college in 2004. His first short film, Tweezers (2007). To date, he has made four independent short films and more than twenty short and long documentaries. He is the editor and author of a great many projects aside from his own. His most characteristic films include “A REPORT ABOUT MINA” (Documentary, 2015) and “RETOUCH” (Short fiction, 2017).“RETOUCH” won “Best Short Fiction Film” from Tribeca and Krakow and Palm Springs and Traverse City Film Festivals.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Sonia Sanjari, Mohammadhossein Ziksari, Azadeh Abaadpoor, Hanieh Mofleh, Siamak Farsi, Foroogh Azizi

    Director of Photography : Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah

    Written and Directed by :Kaveh Mazaheri

    Director of Photography :: Philipp Hafner

    Producer :Kaveh Mazaheri

    Produced by : Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS)

    Editor : Pooyan Sholehvar

  • madre

    Director´s biography

    Simón Mesa Soto is a director and screenwriter born in Medellín, Colombia 1986. He was awarded the Palme d’Or for short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 for his London Film School graduation film, Leidi, a story of a teenage mother looking for the father of her child on the streets of Medellin. Madre is his second professional short film. He is currently developing his first feature film.

    SYNOPSIS

    16-year-old Andrea comes down from her poor neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porn film.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Yurani Anduquia Cortés, María Camila Maldonado, Paulo de Jesús Barros Sousa

    Director & Scriptwriter : Simón Mesa Soto

    Producers : David Herdies, Franco Lolli, Capucine Mahé

    Production manager : Alexander Arbeláez Osorio

    Line producer : Cesar Rodríguez

    Cinematography : Juan Sarmiento G.

    Assistant director : Santiago Porras Clavijo

    Production design : Tatiana Vera

    Sound : Andrés Montaña, Isabel Torres, José Valenzuela

    Editing : Gustavo Vasco

    Directors : Simón Mesa Soto

  • every thing will be okay

    Director´s biography

    Patrick Vollrath grew up in a small town in Central Germany. From 2005 to 2008, this talented director was a trainee at ARRI Film and Television in Munich, Germany. Vollrath in 2013 became a participant of the 'Cannes Young Lions Competition' and the 'Berlinale Talent Campus'. He went on to win several national and international prizes for his work and his latest film 'Everything will be okay’. In 2016 Patrick Vollrath was nominated for an Oscar for his film "Everything will be okay" in the Live Action Short Category.

    SYNOPSIS

    A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can’t help feeling that something isn't right. So begins a fateful journey.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Simon Schwarz, Julia Pointner

    Director / Writer /Editor & Producer : Patrick Vollrath

    Cinematography : Sebastian Thaler

    Production manager : Yu Gud

    Production design : Momo Ehegartner

    Director : Patrick Vollrath

  • Ave Maria

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Basil Khalil
    • COUNTRY : France/ Germany/ Palestine
    • LANGUAGE : Arabic, English, Hebrew
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 14'
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/127600451

    Director´s biography

    Award winning director Basil Khalil was born and raised in Nazareth, to a Palestinian father and a British mother. After studying for an MA at Screen Academy Scotland, in Edinburgh, Basil worked on a number of television productions in London. In 2011 Basil was featured by SCREEN International Magazine as one of “top 10 Arab filmmakers to watch”. Basil currently resides in London where he is developing his debut feature screenplay.

    SYNOPSIS

    Nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ convent in the middle of the West Bank wilderness have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when families of religious Israeli settlers crash their car into the convent’s wall.

    The Sabbath is approaching and they need to get home urgently, however, because of the Sabbath laws, the Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Maria Zreik, Huda El-Imam, Shady Srour, Ruth Farhi, Maya Koren

    Director : Basil Khalil

    Writer : Bail Khalil, Daniel Yáñez Khalil

    Producer : Eric Dupont, Eric Fantone

    Cinematography : Eric Mizrahi

    Music : Jamie Serafi

    Director : Basil Khalil

  • hold on

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Charlotte Scott-Wison
    • COUNTRY : The Netherlands
    • LANGUAGE : Dutch
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 22'
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/158371539

    Director´s biography

    Director and screenwriter Charlotte Scott-Wilson was born in Scotland and is a Netherlands Film Academy graduate. Charlotte has a deep love for visual storytelling. She wants to reach a wide audience with her films and explores confronting themes in an accessible way. Never compromising to make her films cutting and visceral in a way we have never seen before.

    Her first short film Forever After premiered at the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs Festival 2013. Hold On had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Presently she has been selected to develop her next film with the Scottish Film Talent Network.

    SYNOPSIS

    Kyra is a young cellist on her way to becoming an outstanding soloist. During an important concert one of the strings of her cello comes lose, unnerving her; this results in a panic attack. At the start of her next concert she gets stage fright for the first time, which could ruin her career. Kyra tries everything to make her panic disappear, but within the orchestra it is absolutely not done to talk about sensitive subjects. Her anxiety and loneliness become too much to handle, but quitting is not an option.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Charlie Chan Dagelet, Roeland Fernhout, Lidewij Mahler, Hans Dagelet, Jasper Stokman

    Director : Charlotte Scott-Wison

    Producer : Trent

    Screenplay : Charlotte Scott-Wilson, Marielot van der Slikke

    Cinematography : Lennart Verstegen

    Sound : Evelien van der Molen

    Composer : Jesper Ankarfeldt

    Production Design : Romke Faber

    Director : Charlotte Scott-Wison

  • 4:15 PM The end of the world

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Gabi Virginia Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru
    • COUNTRY : Romania
    • LANGUAGE : Romanian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/164248590

    Director´s biography

    Gabi Virginia Șarga

    Born in 1974, Gabi graduated acting for theater dolls at the National University of Theatre and Cinema in Bucharest in 2003. She has an extensive experience as a writer for television shows and soap opera. She wrote documentaries scripts for major TV stations in Romania.

    Cătălin Rotaru

    Born in 1977, he graduated acting at the National University of Theatre and Cinema in Bucharest in 2003. He has over 10 years of experience as a writer for major TV networks in Romania. He wrote and directed plays that were successfully played on stage in Bucharest.

    This short film marks their directorial debut. They love powerful stories and characters that reveal the struggles of the human soul.

    SYNOPSIS

    A courier takes a hitchhiker on the road. When the hitchhiker warns him that the end of the world is around the corner, the courier labels him as crazy, without knowing this accidental encounter will change his life forever.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Alexandru Suciu, Elias Ferkin

    Director : Gabi Virginia Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru

    Scriptwriters : Gabi Virginia Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru

    Executive Producers : Adina Sădeanu & Alex Tudor Crăciun

    Cinematography : Tudor Platon

    Film Editor : Andrei Iancu

    Sound : Ștefan Azaharioaie

    First Assistant Director : Mihaela Costache Dunga

    Script Supervisor Design : Natalia Volohova Deliu

    Color : Lucian Iordan

    Director : Gabi Virginia Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru

  • THE SILENCE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Farnoosh SAMADI & Ali ASGARI
    • COUNTRY : Iran/Italy/France
    • LANGUAGE : Kurdish, Italian, English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • Trailer link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NMpIN7xYOI

    Director´s biography

    ALI ASGARI

    Ali Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran. A graduate of cinema in Italy, and an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus 2013; he began his career as an assistant director. His short film “More Than Two Hours” was in competition at Cannes 2013 and Sundance Film festival 2014. His short film “The Baby” was premiered in competition of Venice Film Festival 2014. His short films have screened in more than 500 festivals around the world and won more than100 international awards.

    FARNOOSH SAMADI

    Farnoosh Samadi was born in Iran and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. She started her career as a filmmaker at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society and soon after she made some video installations. She has collaborated with Ali Asgari in his short films, and is currently co-writing a feature film with Ali Asgari which is accepted at Cinefondation Residence of Cannes Film Festival.

    The Silence is their first short film which had its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

    SYNOPSIS

    Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent.

    CREDITS

    Cast : ALAKUS Fatma , OZEL Cahide , CARNELUTTI Valentina

    Writers / Directors : Farnoosh SAMADI & Ali ASGARI

    Cinematography : Alberto MARCHIORI

    Editing : Mauro ROSSI

    Sound : DANIELE DE ANGELIS

    Sound editing & mixing : Lionel GUENOUN

    Original Music : Matti PAALEN

    Director : Farnoosh SAMADI & Ali ASGARI

  • PICNIC

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Jure Pavlović
    • COUNTRY : Croatia
    • LANGUAGE : Bosnian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’20”
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/116779449

    Director´s biography

    Jure Pavlović (born in Split, Croatia, 1985) graduated film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia. He is also an alumnus at Berlinale Talents, Sarajevo Talent Campus, Sources 2, MAIA, etc. His short films “Half an Hour for Grandma” (2010) and “Umbrella” (2012) were shown on more than 50 festivals winning 6 awards.

    “Picnic” (2015) premiered at 65th BERLINALE. It went on to win different awards like the GRAND PRIZE – Best narrative short at Flickers – Rhode Island Film Festival (RIFF’s official Oscar submission) The film was nominated for the European Film Awards (EFA) in 2015 for the best European short film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Sarajevo, rush hour: EMIR (15), accompanied by a social worker, is on his way to meet his father Safet for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Emir Mušić, Aleksandar Seksan, Senad Alihodžić

    Director : Jure Pavlović

    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : Almmir Fakić;

    EDITOR : Dragan Von Petrovic

    SOUND DESIGNER : Vladimir Božić

    PRODUCTION DESIGNER / COSTUME DESIGNER : Emina Sulejmani

    ADDITIONAL CAST :Ibrahim Bukva, Muhamed Karić, “Koka” Halilović

    DI COLORIST : Dragan Šiša

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS : Vanja Pusić and Boris Pusić

    PRODUCTION MANAGER : Admir Avdić

    MAKE-UP ARTIST : Lamija Hadžihasanović Homarac

    Director : Jure Pavlović

  • OFF SEASON

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Yelzat ESKENDIR
    • COUNTRY : Kazakhstan
    • LANGUAGE : Kazakh
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 20'

    Director´s biography

    Yelzat ESKENDIR was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and graduated from Kazakh State University’s Faculty of Philology, later earning a master’s degree from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. Off-Season, his directorial debut, is the winner of Asian Short Film Competition at Busan International Film Festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    An elderly shepherd and his wife are at the center of this tale of winter survival and disconnection, unfolding over the course of one fateful day and night, swirling around a group of solitary characters that only ever cross paths physically.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Asylbolat Smagulov ,Bayan Kazhnabiyeva ,Duliga Akmolda ,Maksat Abdirakhman

    Producer : Sergey Azimov

    Director : Yelzat ESKENDIR

    Director Of Photography : Meyirbek Bespayev

    Editor : Yermek Zakariya ,Maksim Karatayev

    Sound : Igor Gladkiy

    Music : Kuat Shildebayev

    Director : Yelzat ESKENDIR

  • A DEAD MAN

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Jasyn Howes
    • COUNTRY : South Africa
    • LANGUAGE : English (No Dialog)
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 8’22”

    Director´s biography

    Jasyn Howes is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He takes photos and makes films. He started shooting stills on film in 2005 whilst living in the UK. In 2009 he started working on videoes and it's been a journey ever since. He has experimented with music videos, short documentaries and short films. His work is varied, but the common thread is performance and the art thereof. His work has been showcased in travelling art exhibitions, screened at film festivals in New York, London and Edinburgh and has been selected by online curators as part of a growing collection of short films. He works as a director of photographer, video editor and sometimes director.

    SYNOPSIS

    A man finds himself wounded and alone in a deserted landscape. As he draws closer to death, he slips further from reality, with salvation so close he can almost touch it.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Francis Chouler, Kopano Maroga

    Producer / Director: Jasyn Howes

    Director Of Photography : Deon Van Zyl

    Editor : Xander van der Westhuizen

    VISUAL EFFECTS : Craig Parker

    LOCATION SOUND/ SOUND MIXER : Eaton de Jongh

    SOUND EDITOR : Sarah Faye De Muijnk

    Director : Jasyn Howes

  • The Girl Who Danced With The Devil

    Director´s biography

    João Paulo Miranda Maria was born inland of São Paulo state / Brazil in 1982. He went on to attend Cinema in Rio de Janeiro graduating in 2004. Later he got a Masters in Multimedia at Unicamp (University of Campinas / SP), his dissertation was on the filmmaker Jean Luc Godard and the DzigaVertov Group. Influenced by his research, João Paulo returned to São Paulo state inland and started the research and cinematographic practice group Kino-olho. He has also proposed to create a collective of artists to discuss and reflect about Cinema, seeking references to the mainstream filmmakers and movements in the history of cinema.

    SYNOPSIS

    In a conservative and religious society, a girl lives her routine trying to find her paradise on earth.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Aline Rodrigues, Karoline Carbonatto, Sasa Carvalho, Malu França

    Director: João Paulo Miranda Maria

    Executive Producer: Fernanda Tosini

    Producer: Claudia Do Canto

    Screenwriter: João Paulo Miranda Maria

    Editor : João Paulo Miranda Maria

    Director : João Paulo Miranda Maria

  • law of the Lamb

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Lotfi Achour
    • COUNTRY : Tunisia/ France
    • LANGUAGE : French
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Lotfi Achour is a director and actor, known for Père (2014), Law of Lamb (2016) and Keswa, le filperdu (1997). His short film, Law of the Lamb was selected in Cannes Film festival (2016), along with Dubai International Film Festival 2016.

    SYNOPSIS

    While driving along a road in the Tunisian desert in an old battered van on their way to market to sell their sheep, an old man and his grand-son are stopped by two policemen. In order to be allowed to leave, they have to accept a strange and unusual deal.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Moncef Sayem, Mohamed Beha Karrouchi, Jawahar Basti, Monhem El Akkari

    Director: Lotfi Achour

    Writer: Natacha de Pontcharra

    Producer: LA LUNA PRODUCTIONS

    Cinematography: Frédéric de Pontcharra

    Music: Jawahar Basti

    Editor : Louis Chabaud

    Line producer: Olfa Ben Achour

    Foreign producers: LotfiAchour, AnissaDaoud

    Sound Recordist: Moez Cheikh

    Production manager: Olfa Ben Achour

    Director: Lotfi Achour

  • SUPOT

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Phil GIORDANO
    • COUNTRY : Philippines / United States
    • LANGUAGE : Tagalog
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 12'30''

    Director´s biography

    Phil Giordano is an Italian-American writer and director from New York City. His work has screened all over the world. Immediately after completing his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia he started working as a writer director in commercials and short content at Abundant Productions, one of the top production companies in Singapore. While there, they were nominated for Production Agency of the Year. Phil has worked on campaigns for Audi, Nestle, Samsung, Guinness, Sharp and Citibank. He has won two commercial awards: 1st Prize at Zooppa for his spot "RedMart: We Deliver to You", and Second Prize at the Mofilm Awards for "National Youth Council: We Made It." His script for Supot was a finalist at the 38th Denver Starz Film Festival and the 16th Beverly Hills Film Festival. Phil is currently living and working in Singapore.

    SYNOPSIS

    In some provinces in the Philippines, boys are circumcised at 10 by a man called Mang Tutuli. When Rene-boy, the son of Mang Tutuli Itoy, flees his circumcision, his shame forces him to face the ultimate challenge: proving to his macho father that he’s a man.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Andrei Fajarito, John Arcilla, Mercedes Cabral, Kinopi Malbas

    Director: Phil Giordano

    Producer: Larry Castillo

    Cinematography: Malay Prakash

    Director: Phil Giordano

  • Pain in silence

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Li Yujian
    • COUNTRY : China
    • LANGUAGE : Chinese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 19'

    Director´s biography

    Li Yujian is a graduate of Beijing Normal University and holds a master’s degree in arts from Peking University. Li is currently a doctoral candidate at Peking University. Pain in Silence is his first fllm.

    SYNOPSIS

    The film is adapted from real characters and incidents. With parents dying in an accident while on duty, He Wei, a thirteen-year–old boy has to face the rest of life all by himself. Nevertheless, not only caring and sympathy has he got from people living around, but also the coldness and unconcern pervaded throughout the adult world. Rumors float that He Wei’s parents assaulted him constantly. But he can do nothing, but bear it alone.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Huaizhi Zhou ,Jialiang Ma

    Director / writer: LI Yujian

    Producer: Jieyi Chen

    editor: Mengfan Jiao

    Cinematography: Shiping Wang

    Music: Bingyin Yang

    Director: LI Yujian

  • E.T.E.R.N.I.T

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Giovanni Aloi
    • COUNTRY : France
    • LANGUAGE : Italian & Arab
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’20”

    Director´s biography

    Giovanni Aloi (italian, born 22 October 1984) studied film history and criticism at University of Bologna and “arts plastiques” at Universitè Paris VIII. After graduate he worked as a writer and camera operator for the Italian TV show “Le Iene". After this he worked on some documentaries, a features and two short films. His film E.T.E.R.N.I.T is honored with Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards

    SYNOPSIS

    Italy, during the year 2015, Ali, a Tunisian immigrant working in asbestos removal receives the Visa which will allows his wife and daughter to join him. To get ready to welcome his family, he must do a radical choice.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Ali Salhi, Selena Grandi

    Director : Giovanni Aloi

    Producer: Zangro

    Scriptwriter: Nicolò Galbiati, Giovanni Aloi

    Production Manager :Baptiste Bauduin

    Cinematography: Andrea Barone

    Film Editors: Giovanni Aloi, Andrea Barone

    Sound Mixers: Diego Schiavo, Sylvain Lambinet

    Music: Futuro (Groupe)

    Script supervisor: Natalia Volohova Deliu

    Color: Charles Freville

    Director: Giovanni Aloi

  • A TERRIBLE BEAUTY

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sarah‐Jane Woulahan
    • COUNTRY : Australia
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 11’47”

    Director´s biography

    Sarah‐Jane Woulahan is an award‐winning director of drama, comedy, music video, documentary and transmedia who is known for her visual flair and original ideas across all genres in moving image. Her short films have screened in festivals like South By Southwest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Flickerfest, St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and many more.

    SYNOPSIS

    After her father destroys her prototype 'Soulmate' robot, a replacement for her dead mother, a roboticist, Olivia, questions her fundamental belief in a world without suffering and the nature of love.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Jane Allsop, Lachlan Woods, Robert Menzies, Jan Friedl

    Writer / Director : Sarah-Jane Woulahan

    Producer: Anna Kojevnikov and Sally Storey

    Director Of Photography: Shelley Farthing-Dawe

    Editor: Florence Mathilde Holmes

    Sound Designer :Lachlan Harris

    Sound Mixer: Chris Goodes

    Sound recordist: Keith Bottomley

    Production Designer: Josephine Wagstaf

    Director: Sarah-Jane Woulahan

  • house Arrest

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Matthias Sahli
    • COUNTRY : Switzerland
    • LANGUAGE : Swiss-German
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 13'

    Director´s biography

    Matthias Sahli is a 27 years old filmmaker living in Winterthur Switzerland. After finishing business school with addition to a professional diploma and several years of work experience, he found his true passion in making films. Since 2012 he is studying for a Bachelor in Film degree at the University of Arts in Zurich (ZHdK). His latest short movie HAUSARREST was part of the 68th edition of the Festival del film Locarno in the Pardi di domani section and won the Audience Award at the 19. Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

    SYNOPSIS

    House Arrest (Hausarrest) tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him through his new daily life. One day Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Peter Hottinger, Urs-Peter Wolters, Nicole Steiner, Walter Menzi

    Writer/Editor/Director :Matthias Sahli

    Producer: Filippo Bonacci

    Cinematographer: Pascal Reinmann

    Music: Adrian Pfisterer

    Location Sound Mix: Oliver Rogers

    Sound Designer :Gina Keller

    Art Direction :Elke Mulders, Noam Zucker

    Lighting :Lukas Graf

    Costumes :Aurelia Buchli

    Director: Matthias Sahli

  • another City

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR :Pham Ngoc Lan
    • COUNTRY : Vietnam
    • LANGUAGE : Vietnamese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 25'
    • Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/152054017

    Director´s biography

    Pham Ngoc Lan was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. He earned his Urban Planning Bachelor Degree in Hanoi Architecture University, Vietnam in 2009. Lan used video and photography to capture the whimsicality of human life. His interest lies in human relationships in urban settings, in which the cityscapes deeply affect people’s consciousness. Lan’s first film The Story of Ones (2011) was screened in numerous film festivals and art museums, including Visions du Reel (Switzerland), CPH-DOX (Denmark), New Cinema and Contemporary Art - Rencontres Internationales (France), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan). In 2012, he was invited to a Creators Residency Program in Hokkaido, Japan. Another City was selected in 66th Berlinale Shorts Competition, Palm Springs International Short Fest 2016, USA among many more.

    SYNOPSIS

    When the urban landscape shapes the human relations: a mature woman, a bride and a group of young people seek proximity in the anonymity of the big city. A drenched middle-aged woman taking off her wig, gazing out of the glass windows. A young man bursting into tears in a karaoke room surrounded by tropical landscape wallpaper. A young woman trying to wipe a smear off of the wedding dress she’s wearing. Each predicament is woven seamlessly together by a familiar Asian refrain…

    CREDITS

    Cast : Minh Chau, Vu Do Quang Minh, Dang Tuan Anh, Khong Viet Bach, Thuy Anh

    Writer/Director :Pham Ngoc Lan

    Producer: Ngo Dai Trang

    Cinematographer: Le Kim Hung

    Music: Khăc Hung

    Location Sound Mix: Oliver Rogers

    Sound Designer :Arnaud Soulier

    Director: Pham Ngoc Lan

  • CASIMIR EFFECT

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR :Shirish Gurung
    • COUNTRY : Nepal/ UK
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali/ English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 10'

    Director´s biography

    Born: 21 September 1984. Education: Diploma in Digital Media; Bachelors in Film making (year one). He first started filming with a cheap handy-cam with the help of friends and family. He was very much inspired by the Iranian New Wave films that were rich in art, poetry and painterly ../images. Abbas Kiarostami, MajidMajidi, JafarPanahi are some of the figures that he looks up to. He also started exploring more of arthouse films and foreign cinema, New Hollywood (American New Wave) and independent filmmaking. Some of his favorite modern indie films are Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law and Stranger than Paradise, Richard Linklater's Slacker, Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66, Gus Van Sant's Elephant, Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicide to name but a few.

    This is the Gurung’s fourth consecutive selection at Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    Pragmatic brother and his overly imaginative young sister, Noor, share their contrastive point of views.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Sunil Pun and ShreyaRai

    Writers :Sunil Pun and ShreyaRai

    Director :Shirish Gurung

    Producer: Passe Pictures

    Director: Shirish Gurung

  • The shame

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR :Sushan Prajapati
    • COUNTRY : France/ Germany/ Palestine
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali and Tharu
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 20'

    Director´s biography

    A Film graduate, with a degree in Motion Picture Photography, Sushan Prajapati began his career in Nepal Film Industry as a cinematographer. His work was appreciated in feature films like Karkash, Apabaad, Shanguro. After working in nearly ten feature films and couple of short movies, the 30-year-old decided to try his hands as a Director in the short film -LAAZ (The shame). Prajapati has also produced three movies till date and also runs a production house, Ideas & ../images. The reason he started the production house to independently pursue his ideas, without anybody's intervention, and portray them to the world through ../images. Hence the name - Ideas & ../images. Prajapati feels filmmaking is an art form that needs to be taken seriously and every project is an opportunity to learn.

    SYNOPSIS

    Born into a life of a bonded labor (Kamaiya), who never had a voice of his/her own, what happens when suddenly they find the freedom that they always wished for? Such is the plight of one innocent man, who with his new found freedom is looking to secure the one that he has known all his life, his Dignity. Living a life of poverty, all he wants is two yards of cloth, enough to make underwear that will cover his privates and restore his dignity. A government that's still struggling to establish, it is filled with conflicts and protests; where politicians are using the newfound freedom of these bonded labors as a leverage to garner more votes. In all this chaos will he be able to hide this SHAME and get back his dignity?

    Laaz was a part of Open doors screenings at festival del film Locarno, 2015.

    CREDITS

    Cast : ChabilalChoudhary, AjitLamichhane, SitaChoudhary

    Director :Sushan Prajapati

    Story/Dialog/ Screenplay :Ajit Lamichhane

    Editor: Passe Pictures

    Colorist: Rajendra Moktan

    Sound Designer: Shrawal Raj Pandey

    Director: Sushan Prajapati

  • CHANDRA

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Asmita Shrish, Fateme Ahmadi
    • COUNTRY : Nepal/UK
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • Trailer Link : https://vimeo.com/136308967

    Director´s biography

    ASMITA SHRISH

    Asmita is a Nepali filmmaker working in fiction and documentary. Her short documentary Auntie Ganga a portrait of an elderly Gurkha couple living in Britain has played in 15 festivals around the world including in Britain and Nepal. It was selected by the British Council to play on National Old Age Day, and won an award from Human Rights Watch Film festival in London. After Auntie Ganga, Asmita was commissioned by BFI and The Arts Council of England to make a follow-up project, Little Nepal, following retired Gurkha soldiers in Britain. She also produced the short documentary Kaloo School (2013) exploring the challenges of education in the mountains of Afghanistan. The film was premiered at the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam in 2013 and was winner of the One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, the Human Rights Film Festival Bir Duiyo Kazakhstan and many other festivals around the globe.

    Asmita completed her Computer engineering degree from Kathmandu University at age 19 and pursued her creative career by doing MA in Visual arts and Animation from the University of Gloucestershire, took a certificate in documentary from the National Film and Television School, and was one of 8 directing fellows in Asian Film Academy 2014 nurtured by auteur Béla Tarr.

    FATEME AHMADI

    Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Fateme Ahmadi was awarded first prize in the Literature Olympiads, a nationwide humanities competition, granting her permission to complete two undergraduate courses simultaneously. Fateme completed degrees in Persian Literature and Filmmaking at Tehran University and The Art University of Tehran, respectively. In 2009, she completed the MA General Linguistics course at the Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies in Tehran before becoming the first individual awarded a scholarship from Magic of Persia to attend the two-year MA Filmmaking program at The London Film School. During the course, Fateme wrote, edited, and directed more than ten short films including a few documentaries for BBC World Service. Her graduation film “One Thousand and One Teardrops” has been shortlisted in more than 46 festivals all around the world with two nominations for the Best Animated Short at the Orlando Film Festival 2014 and Best UK Short Film at the East End Film Festival 2015. It also has won awards for the Best Documentary of the Beeston Film Festival 2015, Special Jury Mention at the East End Film Festival 2015 and the Best Short Film at the London Feminist Film Festival 2016.

    Currently, Fateme works as the researcher on a feature documentary titled “Iran & Us: A love Story” directed by Taghi Amirani.

    SYNOPSIS

    Seven-year- old Chandra and his elderly grandfather have to travel on foot through earthquake-hit Kathmandu in order to get to hospital, where Chandra’s mother has just given birth. Chandra is oblivious to the scenes of misery on the streets, and is fascinated by the many curious and beautiful sights, and excited about meeting his new sibling. Grandfather, who knows the sheer scope of destruction, attempts to protect Chandra from the grim reality of it all, while gradually coming to terms with the fact that the city is no longer the same, and that the hospital may not even stand. What awaits them at the end of their journey? Will it be a newborn baby, or bad news? Chandra was a part of Busan International Film Festival 2015, and Open Doors Screening at Festival del film Locarno 2016.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Arun Rai and Bir Bahadur Rai

    Director :Fateme Ahmadi, Asmita Shrish

    Writer :Fateme Ahmadi

    Producers :David Cao, Victor Koo, Sonic Yao

    Cinematography: Narendra Mainali

    Music: Filip Sijanec, Amit Magar

    Editor: Abolfazl Talooni

    Production Design: Menuka Rai

    Director: Fateme Ahmadi, Asmita Shrish

  • The Designer

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Arpan Thapa
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'

    Director´s biography

    Arpan Thapa is a Nepali actor, director, and scriptwriter. After completing acting studies in Mumbai, Thapa returned to Nepal to start his career in the Nepali Film Industry. His first role was in a Nepali film “Sick City” directed by British filmmaker Murry Kerr, where he got a chance to play the lead role as Krishna. His director’s debut was in 2014 with a feature movie Mukhauta, which was released in June 2014. “The designer” is Thapa’s first attempt to make an inspirational, art house cinema.

    SYNOPSIS

    Past, Present, and Future. Illusion of choice. Coincidence, Faith, Belief and Time Life is designed!

    CREDITS

    Cast : Shristi Shrestha, Robin Tamang

    Director :Arpan Thapa

    Producers :Suraj Bhusal, Tilak Bahadur Chhetri (KC)

    Cinematography: Narendra Mainali

    Music: Sailesh Shrestha

    Editor: Himal Joshi

    Sound Designer: Uttam Neupane

    Director: Arpan Thapa

  • EXTINCTION

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Iram Parveen Bilal
    • COUNTRY : USA
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 16’23”
    • Trailer Link : https://vimeo.com/182431123

    Director´s biography

    Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. She just directed her 6th film, EXTINCTION, a dystopian near future where Donald Trump’s so-called ban on Muslim immigration is a reality. Her 2nd feature film, THE PHD MOVIE: STILL IN GRAD SCHOOL, was a feature adaptation of the 7 million+ followed PhD Comics. Her first feature, JOSH, a 2012 Women in Film awardee, enjoyed theatrical and ancillary distribution success in multiple territories. Her next feature project, FORBIDDEN STEPS, a film about Islamophobia and Dance, is a Film Independent writer/director lab project, scheduled for filming in Spring 2016 in Chicago. Iram is a core committee member for iWe, a coalition looking to change female representation in Hollywood and is a co-chair on the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the Writer’s Guild of America. She also sits on the board of the community service organization, the Caltech Y. Bilal is the initiator of the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ), about to initiate its third round of selections.

    SYNOPSIS

    A struggling single mother, Joan, is forced to choose between morality and law when she finds out that a gentle farmhand, Adam, is more than what he seems while protecting her six year old daughter, Mary, and her ailing grandmother, Rose.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Dylan Ramsey, Sally Kirkland, Nicole Steinwedell, Brennan Kelleher, Aislinn Pair & Mathew St. Patrick

    Director :Iram Parveen Bilal

    Writer :Dyan Ramsey

    Producers :Joy Ganes, Iram Parveen Bilal, Dylan Ramsey

    Executive Producers :Syed Junaid Ahmed, Dylan Ramsey

    Associate Producers :Shezad Habib, Scott X. Thompson

    Cinematography: Anthony C. Kuhnz

    Film Editor: Iram Parveen Bilal

    Music: Noor Lodhi, Micheal Getel, Rob Teehan

    Director: Iram Parveen Bilal

  • DADYAA: THE WOODPECKERS OF ROTHA

    Director´s biography

    POOJA GURUNG & BIBHUSAN BASNET

    Based in Kathmandu, the duo of Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet have been working together for the past 6 years. Their first short film ‘The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite’ was screened in numerous international film festivals including Abu Dhabi, Tampere, Locarno and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur among others. It also won the ‘Golden Comma for Fiction’ at the Alpavirama Short Film Festival in Ahmedabad, India.

    ‘Dadyaa – The Woodpeckers of Rotha’ is their second short film. Dadyaa had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and has also been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival along with the Busan International Film Festival.

    The Duo is working on their first-feature film, The Whole Timers, selected at the Cinefondation L’Atelier of the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and was developed within the Jerusalem International Film Lab.

    SYNOPSIS

    Atimaley and Devi’s village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye”, the old couple faces a dilemma; to keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good?

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Parimal Damai and Chhamkala Damai

    Writer / Director : Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet

    Editor : Chandra - Bindu

    Producers : Marie Legrand & Rani Massalha (Le Films Du Tambour) Prajjwal SJB Rana (Eyecore Films)

    Cinematographer : Chintan Rajbhandari

    Production Designer : Sajan Thapa Magar

    Music : Parimal Damai

    Sound : Rohit Shakya and Uttam Neupane

    5.1 Surround Mix : Uttam Neupane

    Director: POOJA GURUNG & BIBHUSAN BASNET

  • World Premiere

    the silver bangles

    Roshan Bikram Thakuri

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 16’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    The film based on true incident occurred in Gandaki region of Nepal during Maoist insurgency about social discrimination in regard to existing caste and gender in general and about so called “unusual relation” between a Dalit boy and a Brahamin girl, their struggle to succeed for a new lease of life and post union effort for a baby in the time when the entire community was under the threat of terror of both the Maoist and the government in particular.

    Director´s biography

    With his own self-motivated devotion to film studies, predominantly art movie, Mr. Roshan Bikram Thakuri, the director of Silver Bangles got some short but meaningful training on film direction, directed “Rang” (Color), his first Nepali feature movie which established him as a creative film director in Nepali film Industry. He also directed and produced a documentary about life and education of Tibetan descent community of Rasuwa. He always attempts to juxtapose modern technology with art and culture, which is quintessentially seen in Silver Bangles as well. His self-research and study made him capable to dive into the ocean of world film trend and critique creatively.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Richa Sharma, Arpan Thapa, Sarita Gyawali, Maya Thakuri

    Director of Photography : Purushottam Pradhan

    Producers : Suman Singh, Shushil Singh

    Editors : Surendra Poudel, Animesh Sapkota

    Sound : Uttam Neupane

    Written by : Abinash Bikram Shah, Kushang Rai

    Directed by: Roshan Bikram Thakuri

  • Nepal Premiere

    a gentle night

    Qiu Yang

    SYNOPSIS

    In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gently into this good night.

    Director´s biography

    QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. His last short film A Gentle Night was selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes Short Film Competition in 2017. And in 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation competition and is now selected for more than 80 international film festivals, including the AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and nominated for the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : LI Shuxian

    Director of Photography : Constanze SCHMITT

    Producers : QIU Yang, LI Yi

    Editors : Carlo Francisco MANATAD

    Sound : MEI Zhu, Livia RUZIC, Mikko QUIZON

    Written and directed by by : Qiu Yang

  • Nepal Premiere

    a man returned

    Mahdi Fleifel

    SYNOPSIS

    Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.

    Director´s biography

    Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film & TV School. In 2010 he set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell. His debut feature, A World Not Ours (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up over 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize at the 2013 Berlinale and the Edinburgh, Yamagata and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes. In 2016 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale with A Man Returned. His recent film, A Drowning Man, was selected for the official competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Reda Al-Saleh

    Producers : Patrick Campbell, Mahdi Fleifel

    Editor : Michael Aaglund

    Sound Designer: Dario Swade

    Digitl Intermediate :Dirty Looks, London

    Director / Photogrpher : Mahdi Fleifel

  • Nepal Premiere

    CHYANTI

    Veemsen lama

    SYNOPSIS

    In the midst of the Maoist revolution, Ram, a guerrilla fighter, returns home to celebrate the festival of Dashain, only to realise that if he is to feed his family and send his daughter to school, he must sell Chyanti, the family goat, so beloved by his daughter,Sani.

    Director´s biography

    Veemsen Lama is a Nepalese filmmaker, dreamer and YouTuber based in London who became storyteller from his journey of being a front line soldier. He lives in London but he left his heart in Kathmandu. He wants to tell the stories of his community and social issues in order to inspire, educate, communicate and to give positive message and to help others.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Shyam Khadka, Kaushal Pandit, Sangita Tamang, Babita Tamang

    Cinematographer : Arran Green

    Executive Producer : Sampada Malla, Bobby Pin

    Editors : Erik Mickevics, Ujwal Dhakal

    Sound Designer: Tim Burton

    Written By :Sampada Malla

    Director : Veemsen Lama

  • Nepal Premiere

    DEATH OF A SOUND MAN

    Sorayos Prapapan

    SYNOPSIS

    Voice of the people are often neglected, same as sound in film that audience don’t care. Two sound recordists are working on final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone?

    Director´s biography

    Sorayos Prapapan was born on 25 September 1986 in Bangkok. He started working in Thai film industry as sound recordist and foley artist. He has directed many short films which won award in his home country and were shown in many international film festivals including Rotterdam, Winterthur and Fribourg.
In 2017 He made his latest short film "Death of the Soundman " and having its world premiere with Venice Film Festival,Orizzonti

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Chalermrat Kaweewattana

    Cinematographer : Vijaktre Thirapatana

    Producers : Sorayos Prapapan, Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, Wera Aung

    Editors : Erik Mickevics, Ujwal Dhakal

    Sound Recordists : Sound Designers Chalermrat Kaweewattana
Sorayos Prapapan

    Director/Screnplay/Editor :Sorayos Prapapan

  • Nepal Premiere

    JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

    Carlo Francisco Manatad

    SYNOPSIS

    Jodilerks, a gas station attendant is on her last day of duty. The night is young…

    Director´s biography

    Carlo Francisco Manatad is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. His films have screened in important festivals including Locarno, Clermont Ferrand, to name a few. He is currently working on his first feature film, A Wrong Season, about the devastation of his hometown Tacloban by Typhoon Haiyan.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Angeli Bayani, Ross Pzsigan, Ogie Tiglao, Grace Naval

    Director of photography : Lim Teck Siang

    Producer : Armi Rae Cacanindin, Ling Tiong, Josabeth Alonso

    Editor : Lee Chatametikool

    Sound : Mikko Quizon

    Director/Screnplay/Editor :Sorayos Prapapan

  • Nepal Premiere

    GAZE

    Farnoosh Samadi

    • COUNTRY : Iran/Italy
    • LANGUAGE : Persian
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.

    Director´s biography

    Farnoosh Samadi is an Iranian filmmaker who is graduated from Fine Art Academy in Rome. She worked as co-writer in Ali Asgari's award winning short films. She is also co- writer of a feature film with Ali Asgari which was developed at Cinefondation Residence. The Silence her first short film co-directed by Ali Asgari had its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Gaze is her second short film which has its world premiere in competition of Locarno Film Festival 2017.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Marzieh Vafamehr, Amirreza Ranjbaran,Pedram Ansari, Safoura Kazempour, Gholamreza Rahimi, Mehrdad Mohammadi, Kiana Asadi, Mehran Elhamifar, Babak Karimi

    Producer : Three Gardens: Pouria Heidary Oureh

    Editor : Yalda Jebelli

    Sound Recording : Davood Gholipour

    Sound Design : Hossein Ghorchian

    Screenplay : Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi

    Director :Farnoosh Samadi

  • Nepal Premiere

    In a Nutshell

    Fabio Friedli

    • COUNTRY : Switzerland
    • LANGUAGE : Swiss
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’34”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

    Director´s biography

    Born in 1986 in Bern, Switzerland. 2008-11 Studies at the HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences) Animation Department. 2011 Bachelor of Arts in Animation from the HSLU. Since 2009 freelance filmmaker and musician.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :  Manfred Liechti

    Producer : Ramon Schoch and Lukas Pulver,YK Animation Studio GmbH

    Animation : Joder von Rotz, Lukas Pulver, Sebastian Willener

    Soundmix & Mastering: Jingle Jungle, Christoph Benz

    Cut : Joder von Rotz

    Director : Fabio Friedli

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    IN PARENTHESES

    Ghafar Azad

    • COUNTRY : Afghanistan
    • LANGUAGE : Dari
    • RUNNING TIME : 19’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    A short story about losing immutable, Caught between memory and nightmares, do you know who you are? How often do you change your mind? How can you trust what you know? shiva comes to Afghanistan after twenty years, she met her childhood favorite friend (Dr. Wais).  Dr.Wais helps Shiva to see Afghanistan and play a role in a film.

    Director´s biography

    Ghafar Azad was born in 1985 in Afghanistan. He completed his Higher Education before graduating from the Teacher Training Institute. In 2006 he attended the Afghan TOLO Filmmaker Lab,Ghafar studied Screenplay Writing, Directing, Editing, and Camera. His own short films blue Hope, Hell, Heaven, Hill, a Letter to Light, End of story, In Parentheses, His film (A Letter to Light) won two award best edit and Special Jury prize for innovation and empiricism in the film in Human Rights film festival Kabul 2011 and won three award best film, best narration and best film based on Audience vote in Mehregan film festival Kabul 2014,

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Leena Alam , Dr. Wais Barmak , Shahla Rashidi , Roya Haidary, Saida Emami

    Production Manager : Roya Haydari

    Animation : Joder von Rotz, Lukas Pulver, Sebastian Willener

    Director of Photography: Edris Salehi

    Sound : Shahla Rashidi , Khaled Drodgar

    Editor : Edris Salehi

    Director : Ghafar Azad

  • Nepal Premiere

    JAALGEDI-A CURIOUS GIRL

    Rajesh Prasad KHATRI

    SYNOPSIS

    Jalgedi takes her family's animals, to pastures outside her remote village. However, the arrival of a white tourist sends shockwaves among the children of the village. The inquisitive little girl gets distracted from her responsibilities of a while - following the strange white man around the village - only to find a catastrophe has befallen because of her innocent curiosities.

    Director´s biography

    Rajesh Prasad Khatri is a graduate of Literature and currently a primary school teacher in remote western mountains of Nepal. He has been active has a theatre actor and director since last 10 years. He has also worked as a production manager in a number of films, including The Black Hen (2015). Jalgedi is his debut short film, which was premiered at 22nd Busan International Film Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Producers : Min Bahadur Bham, Catherin Dussart, Suman Nidhi Sharma, Nigam Bhandari, Rajesh Prasad Khatri

    Production Company : Shooney Films, CDP, France, Cryptid Films

    Director of Photography : Shishir Bishankhe

    Sound : Bipin Sthapit

    Editor : Kiran Shrestha

    Story/Screenplay/Direction : Rajesh Prasad Khatri

  • Nepal Premiere

    KYO – NETSU

    Yuji Mitsuhashi

    SYNOPSIS

    A novelist who can not sell one day kills his wife's neck. But the next morning his wife was alive.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Japan. While working as a director of commercial film, he is directing a short film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Ukyo Nagura,Kyoko Takahashi,Daiki Kato

    Producer : MTatsuyuki Tanikawa

    Director of Photography : Kenichi Kawabata

    Sound Recordist : Taro Nishigaki

    Story/Screenplay/Direction : Yuji Mitsuhashi

  • Nepal Premiere

    LACHHAMANAIYA

    Bikas Neupane

    SYNOPSIS

    Lachhamaniya, according to the communal practice, was married at the age of five. She is now twenty years old and has never met her husband after the wedding. She lives at her natal home hoping her husband to come and take her with him. ‘LACHHAMANIYA’ is a story about the psychological conflict arising from the disagreement between the protagonist’s parents and in-laws and the consequences that follow.

    Director´s biography

    Bikas Neupane is a filmmaker based in Nepalgunj, a city in the western terrain of Nepal. He studied acting at Actors’ Studio, Nepal and has worked as an assistant director in feature length films. He wrote and directed the short film “The Silence of Rickshaw”, raising the issues of marginal community of Nepalgunj. He is currently working in the pre-production of his first feature film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Laxmi Bardewa, Suraj Malla Thakuri

    Original Story : Sanat Regmi

    Producer : Govinda Prasad khanal

    Cinematographer: Robin Sharma Dahal

    Editor : Sudeep Bhaju / Sanjeev Ratna Shakya

    Director/Screenplay : Bikas Neupane

  • Nepal Premiere

    MARE NOSTRUM

    Rana KAZKAZ and Anas KHALAF

    • COUNTRY : France/Syria
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’24”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/181513731

    SYNOPSIS

    On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.

    Director´s biography

    Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf are Syrians with dual French citizenship. Married, they are currently living in Amman (Jordan) after having left Damascus as a result of the on-going Syrian conflict. They are the authors and directors of five short films (Mare Nostrum, Searching for the Translator, Ham, Deaf Day, Kemo Sabe) and are currently working on their upcoming first feature film, The Translator.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Ziad BAKRI, Zayn KHALAF

    Writer : Rana KAZKAZ

    Producers : Raphaël ALEXANDRE & Nicolas LEPRETRE

    Cinematographer: Eric DEVIN

    Editor : Monique DARTONNE

    Sound : Lucas ALBERT

    Director : Rana KAZKAZ and Anas KHALAF

  • Nepal Premiere

    MARTIN CRIES

    JONATHAN VINEL

    SYNOPSIS

    Born in 1988, Jonathan studied in the editing department of La Fémis. He directed several shorts, alone or with collaborator Caroline Poggi. Their short film "As long as shotguns remain" was awarded with the 2014 Golden Bear of the Berlinale Shorts. They are currently preparing their first feature film called Jessica Forever.

    Director´s biography

    Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. The friends that should be there are gone. So you look. You look everywhere. Every hiding place, each inch of the city, all the marshes, all the rivers. You look, but cannot find them.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Paul Hamy, Clémence Diard, Sarah-Megan Allouch

    Producers : AKA Productions

    Director & Writer: Jonathan Vinel

  • Nepal Premiere

    MOBIUS

    SAM KUHN

    SYNOPSIS

    A moth eater’s tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream.

    Director´s biography

    Sam Kuhn, born on February 7 th is an American film director, screenwriter, photographer and boat builder from the Pacific Northwest. He’s directed celebrated videos for Here We Go Magic, Okay Kaya and Norah Jones. His narrative films have screened worldwide at Hot Docs (Finding Truelove, 69mins, 2012) Slamdance (In search of the Miraculous, 14mins, 2015) and soon in Cannes at La Semaine de la Critique (Mobius, 15mins, 2017), Kuhn is currently developing his first narrative feature: Cascadian Wild Flowers.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Caley Jones, Daiva Z, Britt Grayson, Elissa Mielke, Austin Will

    Cinematography :Evan Prosofsky

    Editing : Sam Kuhn

    Sound : Tommy Keith

    Production Design:Matthew Bianchi, Thea Hollatz

    Production : Kyle Sanderson

    Screenplay/Direction : Sam Kuhn

  • Nepal Premiere

    SHMAMA

    Miki Polonski

    SYNOPSIS

    Leah works as a maid in the hotel during the day, while Meital, her daughter, sings at the hotel’s lobby at night. They live trapped in their relationship, surrounded by the Dead Sea.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Bat Yam, Israel, Miki Polonski, 35, graduated in film from the Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. His short film "Ten Buildings Away" (2015) premiered in Cannes while "1 Building and 40 People Dancing" (2015) won at DocAviv and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum. "Shmama" won pardino argento award at Locarno 2017. Miki Polonski is currently developing his first feature, Brothers’ Oath.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Ahuva Keren, Meital Mor, Mendy Cahan, Hila Gonen

    Director of photography :Ilya Marcus

    Producer : Kobi Mizrahi (KM Productions)

    Editor : Shira Hochman

    Sound Design:Rotem Dror

    Written and Directed by : Miki Polonski

  • Nepal Premiere

    THE ROBE

    WE RA

    SYNOPSIS

    In 2007 during the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, thousands of people took to the streets to protest against the oppressive military regime. Thiha, a young Buddhist monk runs for his life when soldiers brutally dispersed their demonstration. He finds himself at the doorstep of a Muslim woman, Salabi, where his fate lies in accepting that people are not always as they seem.

    Director´s biography

    Wera, born on 1985 in Daik-U Town, is one of the leading independent filmmakers in Myanmar. His knowledge in filmmaking stems from underground initiatives and screenings in Yangon at the time of military rule to different film workshops abroad. He is an alumnus of Asian Film Academy of Busan IFF and Talents Tokyo of Tokyo Filmex and Berlinale. His short The Robe had its’ World Premiere in Busan lFF 2016. His first feature in development One Summer Day participated in La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde 2017 in Cannes and Open Doors Locarno Film Festival in 2016 and 2017.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Nattkhat, Mone, Doe Gyi

    Director of photography :Mg Mg Tha Myint

    Producer : Aiess Alonson, We Ra

    Editor : Nyan Wint

    Sound Design: Jonathan Q Hee

    Written by : Aung Min, We ra

    Directed by :We Ra

  • Nepal Premiere

    THE SILENCE OF THE DOGS

    HYUN-CHEOL PARK

    SYNOPSIS

    In the days of his youth, Ho-Seong protests against a government deemed to be unreasonable. But his protests come at a significant sacrifice. He loses his wife, becomes crippled in one leg and mute. Fast forward to the present day, Ho-Seong is on his way to the marketplace to make preparations for his wife's memorial ceremony. In the city center, a violent protest is brewing and he gets swept up in the maelstrom when he runs into his none other than his one and only son, Guk- Yeong.

    Director´s biography

    Hyun-cheol Park was born on April 5, 1982 in Busan, South Korea. Dir. Park is attracting attention as a prospect to lead the next generation of korea film industry

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Roi-ha Kim, Sung-cheol Kim

    Director of photography :Il Seung Yu

    Producer : Sung-il Shin

    Editor : Se-gyeong Mun

    Sound Supervisor: Hye-young Kang

    Written and Directed by : Hyun-cheol Park

  • Nepal Premiere

    YOU ARE SEEING THINGS

    Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

    • COUNTRY : BRAZIL
    • LANGUAGE : PORTUGUESE
    • RUNNING TIME : 18’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast of Brazil.

    Director´s biography

    Trained as a journalist and photographer Brazilian artist Bárbara Wagner understands how media is implicated in manipulating perceptions, often creating historical myths and stereotypes. Since 2005, she has independently produced photographic series and publications on the representation of tradition, both in in Brazil and abroad. The German born, Irish artist Benjamin de Búrca has a practice in the arts since 2000 where painting, photography and video are equally important in his work. Working in collaboration since 2011, they are interested in the space documentary and art both shares. Their more recent investigations concentrate on collective practices and traditional rituals specifically manifested in the body of youths living in the peripheries of Brazil’s Northeast which lose their connotations of symbolic resistance to become products of tourism and entertainment industry. Wagner and de Burca participated in the 33rd Panorama de Arte Brasileira (São Paulo), 36th EVA International (Limerick), 32nd São Paulo Biennial and 5th Skulptur Projekte Münster. They live and work in Recife, Brazil.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : MC Porck and Dayana Paixão , Leydson Dedesso, Alan Ka, Jurema Fox, Neguin do Charme, DJ Jadson, Italo Monteiro Singleds Cass, MC Meta Safadão, Dany Bala, Allany Carvalho, Joás Junior, Lucas Santos, Fernando Pato, Victor Ronã

    Director of photography :Pedro Sotero

    Producer : Carol Vergolino e Daiana Dultra (Alumia)

    Editor : Rodrigo Carneiro

    Written and Directed by : Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de burca

  • Nepal Premiere

    MADONNA

    Sinung Winahyoko

    SYNOPSIS

    Melati and Ilalang is a sibling who work at bagan, a big craft anchored in bays for years. One day, the boss comes visit the bagan to take the fish to sell at the mainland. Melati is always in charge to load the fish to the boss' boat. When Melati loads the fish to the boat, the boss at the bagan starts to harass her brother, then rapes him. This upleasant situation caught by Melati. She tries to stop the boss by attacking him. Unfortunately, she failed. The boss has become eager more to rape Ilalang and forces Melati to watch them while he does it to the boy.

    Director´s biography

    Sinung Winahyoko, born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in March 21st 1984, After graduated from Indonesian Communication Academy in Yogyakarta, he start his career in early 2007 as Documentary Filmaker, for some Behind The Scene Movies. In 2010, he began to directing self produced music videos, and Stage Director for some music events. And start made his first Short Film “Memoria” in 2010. The year after, he directing TV Commercials until now. His interest in exploring art media outside music video and TV Commercial Industry, made him part of Yogyakarta Biennale Art Exhibition in 2014, he made Game Application as an art form called “No Oil For No Country, the nation trading game to control the war for oil in a gamble application game. In 2015, he direct his second Short Film “The Taste of Fences, which nominated for Best Art Direction in Odense International Film Festival Denmark, screened in Human Rights International Film Festical in Italy, Jogja Asian Film Festival and Busan International Short Film Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Arsita Iswardhani, Lucky, Nur Qomarudin

    Director of photography :Amalia TS

    Producer : Indra Tamoron Musu

    Editor : Eric

    Sound : Fajar Ahadi

    Written and Directed by : Sinung Winahyoko

    Produced by :Sinung Winahyoko

    Art Director:Rudhy Hermanto

  • Nepal Premiere

    ADAPTATION

    Bartosz Kruhlik

    SYNOPSIS

    1. Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability. 2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. 3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.

    Director´s biography

    Bartosz Kruhlik was born in 1985 in Lubsko (Poland). He graduated in film directing at The National Film School in Lodz. His films have been shown over 500 times at film festivals all over the world and got nearly 150 awards. The main selections: San Sebastian IFF, Karlovy Vary IFF, Montreal WFF, Sarajevo FF, IDFA. In 2013 he received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Prize for outstanding artistic achievement.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Michal Wlodarczyk,Malgorzata Witkowska,Dariusz Siastacz ,Waleria Gorobets,Yuma The Dog

    Director of Photography : Michal Dymek

    Produced by : The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School.

    Editor : Maciej Kozlowski PSM

    Art Director : Agata Andrusyszn

    Written and Directed by : Bartosz Kruhlik

  • Nepal Premiere

    HOUSE GIRL

    Koby Adom

    SYNOPSIS

    Coming from London to stay with her wealthy Aunty Barbara in Accra for the first time, Jennifer meets Efua, a very young domestic maid who Aunty Barbara treats very harshly. Jennifer now has to decide whether to help Efua or not.

    Director´s biography

    Koby Adom film & tv writer/director who graduated from the London Film School on the tail end of 2016.His interests in story telling started from a very young age when he used to write stories and poems in primary and secondary school. He got more involved in videos and photography so in 2014 and merged his two passions together and pursued a film career by applying to study an MA Filmmaking course at LFS.He has made three short films all which have been selected for prestigious film festivals globally including the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival, BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival and many more.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Emma Naomi, Gloria Amonor,Edinam Atatsi,Selwyn Sackey

    Director of Photography : Mark Kuczewski

    Producer : Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor

    Editor : Julian Smith

    Sound : Miguel Rodriguez Puente

    Director : Koby Adom

  • Nepal Premiere

    AFTERNOON CLOUDS

    Payal Kapadia

    SYNOPSIS

    Kaki is a 60-year old widow who lives with her Nepali maid Malti. The film takes place on one afternoon in their house where flower blossoms in the balcony. Malti meets a boy from her hometown unexpectedly. Meanwhile, men in the passage spray mosquito repellent smoke which gives Kaki bad dreams.

    Director´s biography

    Payal Kapadia is a filmmaker from Mumbai, India. Her film The Last Mango Before the Monsoon was shown at The International Short Film festival of Oberhausen (2015) where it won the FIPRESCI Award and Special Jury Mention and the Best Film at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2016). She is currently studying film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Usha Naik, Trimala Adhikari

    Cinematographer : Mayank Khurana

    Editor :Ghanashyam Shimpi

    Sound Recordist: Shreyank Nanjappa

    Art Direction:Darpan Chawla

    Director : Payal Kapadia

  • Nepal Premiere

    ASTITWA/ EXISTENCE

    Rupesh Ghimire

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 07’30”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Spiritual time of the twilight
    Compose ripples in the mystical lake
    Birds fly away the mist
    Standing stump on the shore
    Harmonize the sinking boat

    A digging old man
    Witness of the solitary nature
    With the rhythm of chirping birds
    The continuous flow of time
    And an ongoing human existence

    Director´s biography

    Born in a remote village of Dolakha district of Nepal Rupesh self taught music for 6 years and later joined bachelor’s in music in Lalitkala Campus, Kathmandu. He also started teaching music in schools for several years but thirst towards the depth of art was not totally fulfilled only by music. So to fulfill his curiosity, he then joined Oscar International College (College Of Film Studies) to test his passion in cinema specializing in direction, he graduated in 2016.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Mangal Gurung

    Cinematographer : Shishir Bisankhe

    Editor :Romi Moses, Shankar Dhital

    Sound : Min Bahadur Bista

    Director/Writer/Producer : Rupesh Ghimire

  • Nepal Premiere

    BLIND AUDITION

    Andreas Kessler

    SYNOPSIS

    For a few years the violinists Ari and Ron have been a couple. When they both get invited to audition for the solo part of an orchestra they suddenly become competitors and their mutual trust is put through a hard test when Ron receives a tempting offer from the orchestra's conductor.

    Director´s biography

    After finishing school in 2010, Andreas started working as a film editor for directors such as Enrique Sánchez Lansch in Berlin. In the meantime, he made his own short films that were shown internationally and broadcasted on German television. One of his short films CAMOUFLAGE was part of the official selection of Palm Springs Int. Short Fest, Frameline 39 San Francisco Int. Film Festival, Reykjavik and many others. His film POSITIVE FEELINGS, took over 5 years of filming won several Prizes. MADAMA BUTTERFLY was a totally different project - a string puppet film he made in collaboration with Lea Najjar. This film was shown on more than 65 festivals worldwide. At the moment he studies fiction film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Han Nguyen,Simon Kluth,Horst Kotterba,Tine Kiefl,Sven Gielnik

    Director of Photography : Manuel Meinhardt,Lara Scherpinski, Carla Sure

    Producer : Oliver Krause, Joachim Weiler

    Editor : Maximilian Merth

    Sound Design: Lena Beck

    Director : Andreas Kessler

  • Nepal Premiere

    CACHORRO

    Jesus Rivera Soriano

    SYNOPSIS

    From the age of two, cubs are forced to leave the pride by lionesses. Only the strong turn into adults.

    Director´s biography

    Jesús Rivera graduated in Bachelor in Media and Communication from the University of Malaga. He has developed his career on theater, radio, advertising and cinema all around Spain. Seeing life with his one and a half eye, he is always looking for the way of showing his own perception of reality. Nowadays, he is working in several theatre productions and finishing his studies in Cinema Direction at ECAM filming school in Madrid. With his last short film, 'Cahorro', shot in 16mm, Jesus starts his career as film director.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Pedro Tamames, Cristina Alcazar

    Production : Sara de la Fuente Monedero

    Cinematography : Jorge Sirvent Cámara

    Editing : Juanjo Rodríguez

    Director : Jesus Rivera Soriano

  • Nepal Premiere

    GIVE UP THE GHOST

    Marian Mathias

    • COUNTRY : United States
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Floyd has worked his whole life. One day, while out on a new job, he discovers something that alters his way of thinking.

    Director´s biography

    Marian Mathias is a director based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a 2016 MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Graduate Depart- mental Fellow. Give Up The Ghost is her thesis lm, shot on 35 mm lm with the support of Kodak and Film Factory in Paris. Formerly a part of Sundance’s International Feature Film Department, Marian is a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Sara Driver Production Award, and two awards in Fine Art. Her work has appeared at lm festivals across the U.S.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Andrew Johns,Vangie Johns,Larry Nuemann Jr.,Christine, J.Mahaney ,Si Osborne,Harper Foster

    Director of photography : Jomo Fray

    Producer : Maria Altamirano

    Music by : Casey Gibson

    Editor: Blair McClendon

    Director : Marian Mathias

  • Nepal Premiere

    IMPASSE

    MAYURI WALKE

    SYNOPSIS

    Two strangers are on what looks like a simple blind date, set up by mutual friends. It seems like a perfect match, until the guy starts revealing his true intentions. What happens next is nothing less than a date from hell, for both of them. Sometimes situations we never anticipate are the ones that shape us.

    Director´s biography

    Mayuri Walke has received a Bachelor of Design Degree in Film and Video Communication from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in January 2016. She is currently based in Pune and is working as a freelance writer.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mayuri Walke,Tushar Pandey

    Director of photography : Satyajeet Shobha Shreeram

    Producer : Dilip Walke, Seema Walke

    Editor: Sanket Kulkarni

    Director : Mayuri Walke

  • Nepal Premiere

    LEJILA

    Stijn Bouma

    • COUNTRY : Bosnia & Herzegovina
    • LANGUAGE : Bosnian
    • RUNNING TIME : 21’55”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/217790940

    SYNOPSIS

    Lejla is a young woman from Sarajevo who feels stuck in her life, working in a fast food restaurant and taking care of her elderly father. One day she meets Vedad and they fall in love. Vedad offers her the possibility of leaving together with him, but she is unsure about what's best for her future.

    Director´s biography

    Stijn Bouma (26) is a Dutch filmmaker, graduated in film studies from University of Amsterdam. Besides his studies he made several short films, worked at a cinema and did an internship at production company Circe Films. After graduating with his MA he got accepted for the film factory programme at the Sarajevo Film Academy. His 2nd year film ‘Lejla’ got selected for the Cinéfondation competition in Cannes.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Lejla Hadžić, Vedad Terzić, Slobodan Čabaković

    Cinematographer : Lorenzo Fabbro

    Producer : Emina Ganić, Stijn Bouma, Ibrahim Karatay, Paul Oscar Kanter

    Sound : Jesse Maasdam

    Screenplay:Stijn Bouma

    Editor: Fatih Tura

    Director : Stijn Bouma

  • World Premiere

    Maila Dai- A MAN WHO REBUILT A VILLAGE

    Rajeela Shrestha

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : :5’56”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Maila Dai- A MAN WHO REBUILT A VILLAGE is a documentary about Maila Lama’s experience, struggle and contribution to recover not only his business but also rebuilding the whole village of Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchowk that has been destructed by massive earthquake in April 25,2015 of Nepal.

    Director´s biography

    Rajeela Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1996. Ms. Shrestha is a freelance filmmaker and a writer. Her greatest source of inspiration comes from her father. She is actively involved in filmmaking since 2014 and has recently completed her bachelor’s degree in film, scriptwriting and direction from Oscar International College, Kathmandu. She believes that visual story telling is the powerful medium to make people understand the complexities of the world a bit better.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Maila Lama

    Cinematographer : Ajay Thapa Magar

    Producer : Anurag Maharjan

    Director : Rajeela Shrestha

  • Nepal Premiere

    PAUL EST LA (PAUL IS HERE)

    Valentina Maurel

    SYNOPSIS

    Paul is here, like a step backwards, like a ghost knocking at the door. Paul is here, and his annoying presence will disrupt Jeanne's everyday life.

    Director´s biography

    Valentina Maurel is a French and Costa Rican filmmaker born in San José, Costa Rica. She obtains a degree in production at the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles, and later a master’s degree in direction from INSAS in Brussels. "Paul est là", her master's degrees project won the first prize of Cannes’s Cinéfondation in 2017.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sarah LEFÈVRE, Bart Cambier

    Director of Photography : Julien RAMIREZ HERNAN

    Film Editior : Bertrand CONARD

    Sound : Hélène CLERC DENIZOT

    Director : Valentina MAUREL

  • Nepal Premiere

    SARA THE DANCER

    Tim Ellrich

    • COUNTRY : Germany, Austria
    • LANGUAGE :German,English
    • RUNNING TIME : :12’20’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants the best for their users and strengthens her desire. Quickly, this leads to an existential conflict with her actual camera use.

    Director´s biography

    Tim Ellrich is a young German filmmaker, who is currently studying Fiction Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. At an early age, he began working in a cinema of his hometown and finished traineeships at professional film productions. Ellrich then moved to Vienna, where he studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies. He graduated with distinction and applied afterwards at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In his films Ellrich tries to deal with the absurdities of the daily life. They were screened at more than 350 international film festivals and his live-action short Die Badewanne won the "Special Prize of the Jury" at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival in 2016..

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sara - Spoken by computer-generated Google Translate Voice

    Director of Photography : Images out of Google Street View

    Editior : Maximilian Merth, Andreas Ribarits

    Sound Design: Volker Armbruster

    Produced and Directed By : Tim Ellirich

  • Nepal Premiere

    SOG

    Jonathan Schwenk

    SYNOPSIS

    After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don't feel happy about the unintended gathering.

    Director´s biography

    Jonatan Schwenk, born in Göttingen, Germany in 1987 is an independent filmmaker and animator. He is studying Visual Communication at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach. Since 2014 he is a guest student at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in the animation class.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Producer :Jonatan Schwenk

    Director of Photography : Marc Rühl,Iván Robles Mendoza

    Animation :Jonatan Schwenk,Florian Maubach

    Sound: Schwenk, Daniel Maaß

    3D Artist: Radan, Marcus Morgenstern,Jonatan Schwenk, Ferdinand

    Director/Screenplay:Jonatan Schwenk

  • World Premiere

    BICYCLE KID

    Martin Bhandari

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE :Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : :9"45’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    A 10-year- old boy who is in love with his bicycle finds out that his father is going to sell the bicycle to a buyer. His father is in desperate need of money as he is buying an ear machine for his daughter. The love for the bicycle makes the boy steal the already sold bicycle from the buyer. But as he runs away with his bicycle the love for his sister wins over his love for the bicycle

    Director´s biography

    Martin Bhandari has recently completed his Bachelor’s in Film Studies from Oscar International College. Filmmaking provides him a platform to express his dreams and inner insights about life and stuffs. He Ioves to portray the human element, hidden inside each of us, that strikes a chord in every hearts.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sohit, Sujita Thapamagar, Pawan K.C, Rishav Tamang

    Producers :Milan Bhandari, Rachana Bhandari, Madhu Bhandari

    Cinematographer : Anzel Chaulagain

    Editor :Anish Shrestha

    Screenplay/Script:Martin Bhandari

    Director : Martin Bhandari

  • World Premiere

    THEATERS OF REALITY

    Ishan Bhusal

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE :Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : :7’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In a parallel story, military forces carry out an operation in polar region of digital animated world. One news channel claims death of 200 terrorists and their second tier leader. The opposition party receives power after the foreign military raid claiming autocratic penguin rule had ended. Meanwhile, terrorist group claims no casualties on their side via another channel. A group of penguin leaves the place as refugees claiming human are watching everything and will bring Justice. While intellectual red panda, refuses the existence of Humans.

    Director´s biography

    Born in 1994, Ishan Bhusal was fascinated by almost everything. He was born as a single child in bureaucratic family, which gave him immense opportunity but also, subjected him to ridiculous challenges and circumstances. He always had interest in many things particularly more in Astronomy, Aviation, Film, Sociology/Philosophy and Sports. He realized his interest in film in 2011, when he won 3 college level film competitions. For him, Film is recreation of Reality.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Shankhar Adhikari,Nashib Acharya,Ishan Bhusal,Upendra Dahal,Krishna,Prasad Adhikari,Smita Nepal

    Director : Ishan Bhusal

  • Nepal Premiere

    DEUX EGARES SONT MORTS [Two Youths Died]

    Tommaso Usberti

    • COUNTRY : France
    • LANGUAGE :Italian
    • RUNNING TIME : :27’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In a wild landscape Vera and Matteo live their first date of love. The girl's father surprises them and assaults the boy. At the end of a fierce fight Matteo knocks down man. Vera asks the boy to take her to dance. Matteo is shaken, runs away.

    Director´s biography

    Tommaso Usberti was born in Firenze and lived between Tuscany and Lombardy, until the age of 23. From a young age he has been developing a strong passion for film. From the end of high school on to now, he has been directing short films in self-taught manner. He graduated in literature studies before getting into the French state school La Femis in the filmmaking department. Two Youths Died is his graduation film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Piero Usberti, Luàna Bajrami, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Claudio Casadio, Elisabetta Dini, Andrea Traversi, Maurizio Campani, Mario Maiorano

    Producer :Marie-Mars Prieur

    Director of Photography : Mathieu Kauffmann

    Editor :Souliman Schelfout

    Sound: Léonard Accorsi

    Screenplay:Tommaso Usberti

    Director : Tommaso Usberti

  • Nepal Premiere

    MOTHER

    Parichhed Sen

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 25’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    The elderly Mother needs a pair of slipper after her pair is ruined. The son needs a pair of new shoes that would match his new suit for his friend’s wedding. The inter relationship between mother’s necessity and son’s happiness is the core of this film. In the story, we see different facets of a mother life’s while also observing the difficult livelihood of a mother living in Laprak, Gorkha.

    Director´s biography

    Parichhed Sen ( born 09 February 1989 ), credited mononymously as Laxman Sen, ia a Nepali Film Director and Producer who predominantly works in Nepali Cinema. He was born in Mid- Western Nepal , Salyan , which is root of art and culture. Mr. Parichhed Sen's role is on the peak and outstanding in Nepali film Industry. His works in films as director, writer and producer is very noteworthy to the world of cinema and has set a new standard by giving quality films.
    Some of his works as director can be seen in movies like 'STRIKE’ & 'AKINCHAN'. He has produced a Nepali feature film “TISTA PARI KO SAINO”. He has written movies like “BAMKAJI” and “AGNIDAHAN”. He has worked as chief assistant director in more than 40 Nepali feature films since 2008; some of them being “MALA”, “DHAULI”, “SETO BAGH”, “MASAN” and “NAI NABHANNU LA 3”.
    Recently his short movie “STRIKE” was awarded , Jury Award in Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Short Film Festival 2017. It was also awarded with best audience choice award in SHORT OF THE YEAR - SPAIN and best short film in 60 SECONDS FILM FESTIVAL - USA.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Aspani Gurung ,Raj Gurung, Rupa Gurung, Jeshan Gurung ,Dil Bahadur Gurung, Dip Gurung

    Director of Photography : Tenzin Palden

    Producer : Prakash Puri

    Production : Kantipur Film Academy

    Editor :Subigya Sundar Shrestha

    Music :Jason Kunwar (Night)

    Written and Directed by : Parichhed Sen

MADE IN BANGLADESH

The cinema industries in Nepal and Bangladesh have long been struggling in the shadows of the outsized industry in India. This has impeded the genesis and development of local cinematic vernacular, and has forced the Bengali and Nepali cinema industries to neglect numerous local languages in order to vie against the Bollywood Behemoth for theater seats.

However, there is reason enough for hope that the two nation’s stories, voices and idioms are finding new and welcome footholds. New cinema is emerging from the shadows of historic and linguistic hegemony. This special section on Bangladeshi cinema is evidence that new filmmakers are claiming their stake in the world of cinema. From purely conceptual to diligently realist, the short movies presented here are as much evidence of a bold new cinematic vision as they are testimonies to the Bangladeshi reality.

With this selection, Ekadeshma is initiating a new era of collaboration in cinema between Bangladesh and Nepal, and inviting local audiences to examine parallels between the emergence of new cinema in our two nations. Bangladeshi filmmakers will be in attendance to participate and engage in an open dialogue on the future of cinema in South Asia. Ekadeshma looks forward to creating greater opportunities for collaboration between Bangladeshi and Nepali filmmakers.

  • Everyday Dignities

    We sift through the remains of each day to find small moments of dignity without which it becomes difficult to continue moving forward in life. Sometimes such moments of dignity are found in the empathy of a friend or the kind gestures of a stranger, and sometimes they are found when a family member pauses to listen to our words or to read our emotions. This section explores both the ways in which life can cruelly snatch away from us these moments of dignity and shelter, along with how they are returned to us in unexpected moments of kindness and completion.

  • Nepal Premiere

    720 Degree

    Ishtiaque Zico

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2010
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    A one-take journey to discover the layers of relationships and our perception of reality within two circular panoramas.

    Director´s biography

    Ishtiaque started exploring filmmaking techniques in 2005 by producing shorts, assisting fellow directors in different roles, watching movies, and studying books - in no particular order. His short film "720 Degrees" is the first and only Bangladeshi entry at the Venice International Film Festival nominated for Orizzonti Award. Also nominated at Rotterdam, Chicago, Ankara, Oslo, Moscow and other film festivals; won the HBO Short Film Award at SAIFF in New York, USA.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ashique Mostafa,Rubaiyat Hossain,Md. Aslam ,Sujan Mahmud,Naiful Islam

    Director of photography :Tuhin Tamijul

    Producer :Ashique Mostafa

    Cinematographer :Samiran Datta

    Sound :Samiran Datta

    Writer/Director :Ishtiaque Zico

  • Nepal Premiere

    MRP

    Mahmud Abu Naser

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME : 7’7’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Contentment is a relative issue from the very existence of human kind. Consumerism took the best chances of it and now we can see how advertisements are taking control of our natural human lives. Through this short film or doc-fiction, we can get the view of a little kid and his struggle with the consumerism, his parents struggle with the middle class economic system; with which they are living since they are born. And finally, these two struggles fight each other. It’s nothing new in storytelling, direction or camera angles rather it shows the unnoticed parts of our life which make us think again about our lifestyles, our lives.

    Director´s biography

    Mahmud Abu Naser

    Mahmud Abu Naser, born on 4 th December, 1997 in Bangladesh. His fascination for film started to grow from the age of a teenager and for that he enrolled himself as a student of Television, Film and Photography department at University of Dhaka. He has made two short films since then. He loves to watch films, read novels and travel through the hills and sea-side. His greatest inspiration for making films comes from the people he met; their random talking, discussion, thoughts, make him going through the minds of those people and experience the same journey.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mahmud Abu Farhan Shoeb,MD Mafizul Islam,Setara Akter ,Shanto

    Story, Director of Photography, Editing and Direction :Mahmud Abu Naser

  • Nepal Premiere

    NIROBEY

    Jannatul Ferdous

    SYNOPSIS

    ‘Nirobey’ is the story of women those works as change-makers for social issues: its a success story for women at ground level, at the same time a story that reveals the hidden injustice on the change-makers’ lives. The protagonist of the film is Hasina Azmol. She is a responsible daughter in her family, devoted employee at her job and beloved wife at her home. By the wrong decision of the employer she has been discharged from her job without knowing the reason. Like her enduring subservient nature, she remains silent even after being the victim of such inequitable decision. This professional injustice affects her family life as well. On the other hand one of Hasina’s major success is: she prepares new generation of colleagues and siblings. Among them Madhobi becomes her ancestor at her working place. Madhobi challenges the injustice towards senior. Hasina doesn’t survive finally, the courage of her soul is symbolically transferred to the new generation activists. The film caries the message: the demand of equal rights of women at work place.

    Director´s biography

    Jannatul Ferdous

    Jannatul Ferdous is a citizen of Bangladesh and a Human rights activist with 10 years’ experience in 2 Int. NGOs and 4 national NGOs. At present working as the Executive Director of an NGO “Voice & Views”. He has made Nirobey (Silently): Feature film and Uttoron (The Emancipation): Documentary film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :

    Produced by : jannatul Ferdous Ivy

    Editor :Abrar Athar

    Written and Directed by : Jannatul Ferdous

  • Nepal Premiere

    NIROBEY

    Jannatul Ferdous

    SYNOPSIS

    ‘Nirobey’ is the story of women those works as change-makers for social issues: its a success story for women at ground level, at the same time a story that reveals the hidden injustice on the change-makers’ lives. The protagonist of the film is Hasina Azmol. She is a responsible daughter in her family, devoted employee at her job and beloved wife at her home. By the wrong decision of the employer she has been discharged from her job without knowing the reason. Like her enduring subservient nature, she remains silent even after being the victim of such inequitable decision. This professional injustice affects her family life as well. On the other hand one of Hasina’s major success is: she prepares new generation of colleagues and siblings. Among them Madhobi becomes her ancestor at her working place. Madhobi challenges the injustice towards senior. Hasina doesn’t survive finally, the courage of her soul is symbolically transferred to the new generation activists. The film caries the message: the demand of equal rights of women at work place.

    Director´s biography

    Jannatul Ferdous

    Jannatul Ferdous is a citizen of Bangladesh and a Human rights activist with 10 years’ experience in 2 Int. NGOs and 4 national NGOs. At present working as the Executive Director of an NGO “Voice & Views”. He has made Nirobey (Silently): Feature film and Uttoron (The Emancipation): Documentary film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :

    Produced by : jannatul Ferdous Ivy

    Editor :Abrar Athar

    Written and Directed by : Jannatul Ferdous

  • Everyday Struggles

    The force exerted by history on our daily struggles renders life drab and weighted under the ordinariness of reality. Nothing seems to be in our own control, and everything seems just beyond our reach, just escaping our influence. A great river of life sweeps us ahead and we can do barely enough to stay afloat. But, even in this despair, redemption may find us. This section brings the gaze firmly back to the ground, devoid of fantastical flights, and demands that we meet life squarely in the eye and take a fresh reckoning of our place in it.

  • Nepal Premiere

    LIFE IN OTHER WORDS

    Abrar Athar

    SYNOPSIS

    Not a regular day for the Kabir family. Ronny has failed his class and has to repeat another year. Mr. Kabir wishes the sun wouldn’t rise so he can avoid all possible human interaction. Ronny, the apple of his eye, has put the family to shame and Kabir Shaheb feels he can never hold his head up high in society.

    Reenu has had enough with her company. She has threatened to quit because the promise of a much eserved pay rise hasn’t materialized. To make matters worse and to make life miserable are the nending sweaty bus rides plus the lecherous men working at the DVD store downstairs.

    It’s almost the end of the month and Ronny’r mother has to be creative about her cooking, onsidering she has limited resources. She’s making egg curry and khichuri for the family. ith everyone’s hopes down and the family scattered, perhaps a legendary match of cricket can ring them all together.

    Director´s biography

    Abrar Athar

    Abrar Athar is a Bangladesh based filmmaker and co-founder of the advertising film Medium Rare. With an eye for breathtaking visuals and a knack for visual comedy, Athar found success directing commercials and TV shows.  Life in Other Words is already making rounds at international film festivals, winning awards including the best screenplay and best short film.Athar has a degree in Film Direction and Television Journalism from the Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT) in Noida, India.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Masum Bashar, Ferdousi Ahmed, Aanon H Siddiqua, Mohammad Hridoy Hossan

    Director of photography :Tuhin Tamijul

    Producer :Almer Khan, Abrar Athar

    Produced by : Little Big Films

    Editor :Abrar Athar

    Written and Directed by : Abrar Athar

  • Nepal Premiere

    DEATH OF A READER

    FaMahde Hasan

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 9'

    SYNOPSIS

    A confession from a filmmaker, who is not able to read books anymore. He tries to justify himself before the camera.

    Director´s biography

    FaMahde Hasan

    Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan is a Screenwriter, film director and cinematographer. Time and memories are very fundamental elements in his life and work. His short film, "Photographs of a School Teacher", premiered at "IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland, 2013". Another short, “I Am Time”, screened at 69th Festival del Film Locarno, 2016. Mahde Hasan placed first in the section 'movieofmylife' at 70th Locarno Festival, 2017.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mahde Hasan

    Director of photography :Dibbyo Samadderr

    Producer :Mahajabin Khan, Mahde Hasan

    Produced by : Floating Cinema

    Editor :Mahde Hasan, Dibbyo Samadder

    Written and Directed by : Mahde Hasan

  • Nepal Premiere

    THE CONTAINER

    Abu Shahed Emon

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh/South Korea
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2013
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    An immigrant worker decorates his home–a container–with the found trash of other people’s lives.The man prides himself on the upkeep of his modest home. After he’s evicted from his illegal abode he secretly returns, but it’s no longer his shelter. A resonant look at the life of an immigrant worker in Korea through the eyes of a Bangladeshi director.

    Director´s biography

    Abu Shahed Emon

    Graduated in Psychology from the University of Dhaka, he developed interest in film-making due to his active involvement in the film society movement. After studying at the US and Australia, he currently studies at the Korean National University of Arts in the Masters Program in the Film Department. He is an alumnus of 2010 AFA and his feature project, <The tale of a Policeman> has received a Script Development fund from the Asian Cinema Fund of the BIFF and participated in the Asian Project Market 2011. His short drama ‘The Container’ also received a grant from Asian Film Academy (AFA) Fellowship Fund in2012.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Imam LEE

    Editor :Sunhyung

    Sound :Pyo Youngsoon

    Writer/Producer/Director: Abu Shahed Emon

    Cinematographer : Dae-in KIM

  • Nepal Premiere

    MEN WITH NO NAME

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    • COUNTRY : Hungary, Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME : 6’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Two Bangladeshi young men come to Lisbon for changing their financial crisis. They thought that they could earn more in western country and that money would bring the stability when they will go back to their regular life in their home country but in reality, they could not manage what they thought. New culture, new system make their life uncertain. They have hope that someday they will be able to reach their destiny.

    Director´s biography

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    Nuruzzaman Khan just debuted his first documentary, “Ohayo, Nayan!” (2015) then his next film “Chicken Fox” (2016) was an official selection of green years in Doclisboa’16. “Men with Nov Name(2017), which is about migrant workers from Bangladesh living in Lisbon. Khan has a bachelor degree in Media Studies and is finishing his studies on Documentary Film Directing at the joint master DocNomads, that happens between three countries: Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Story, Director of Photography, Editing and Direction :Nuruzzaman Khan

  • Nepal Premiere

    MEN WITH NO NAME

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    • COUNTRY : Hungary, Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME : 6’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Two Bangladeshi young men come to Lisbon for changing their financial crisis. They thought that they could earn more in western country and that money would bring the stability when they will go back to their regular life in their home country but in reality, they could not manage what they thought. New culture, new system make their life uncertain. They have hope that someday they will be able to reach their destiny.

    Director´s biography

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    Nuruzzaman Khan just debuted his first documentary, “Ohayo, Nayan!” (2015) then his next film “Chicken Fox” (2016) was an official selection of green years in Doclisboa’16. “Men with Nov Name(2017), which is about migrant workers from Bangladesh living in Lisbon. Khan has a bachelor degree in Media Studies and is finishing his studies on Documentary Film Directing at the joint master DocNomads, that happens between three countries: Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Story, Director of Photography, Editing and Direction :Nuruzzaman Khan

  • Everyday Destinations

    Where are we coming from? Where are we going? This moment and this place is merely a short respite from the carousel spinning between then and tomorrow. Mystery and whimsy are the only true escapes into the mind, away from the much more absurd shape of reality. This section has stories tender, enigmatic and enrapturing to show us how stories are made, the workings of fate, and the dazzle of cinematic creativity.

  • Nepal Premiere

    BOAT OF LIFE GOING TO PAHARTALI

    Saiful Fardin

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : Bengali
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    "Boat of life going to Pahartali" is nothing but a collection of snippets in a life of an immobile observer stuck in time and space whose observation of his surrounding- a song in a train, the sound of rain and the mundane movement of students in a varsity campus- are playing in front of the viewers like a record on a loop. Suddenly his ideas and philosophy are bounced against those of a passer-by as he tries to come to a conclusion about the meaning of this meaningless life.

    Director´s biography

    Ariane Louis-Seize

    Saiful Fardin is a young filmmaker and editor from Bangladesh. Though a textile graduate by education, he was fascinated by films since his childhood. As a filmmaker he wants to portra his own style, texture and knitting like a woven piece of art through this medium. After his firs experimental short Boat of Life Going to Pahartali which got critical acclamations from differen festivals, he is developing his first feature length fiction.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed

    Director of photography :Nasrullah Mansur Rasu

    Producer :Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed, Samrat

    Produced by : Cinema syndicate and Cinema cocoon

    Editor :Saiful Fardin

    Sound : Parvez Shafiq

    Art Director : Mazharul Islam Basu

    Written and Directed by : Saiful Fardin

  • Nepal Premiere

    COLD STORAGE

    Fahad Khan

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : Bengali
    • RUNNING TIME : 9'

    SYNOPSIS

    &Cold Storage short film portraits the life of a guard of a Cold Storage where all dead bodies are kept in the hospital. Working in the same place for a long time he has experience with different dead bodies and the stories regarding them. It shows, every dead body carries a story and it only doesn’t have impact on it’s the family and friends, also on all the people who are associated with it just like the guard.

    Director´s biography

    Fahad Khan

    Fahad Khan is an ascendant Filmmaker in Bangladesh. Basically he is involved in making advertisement and documentary. Cold storage is his first Short Film. It is not yet shown in any film festival. In the EKADESHMA International Short Film Festival it will be shown in International World Premier.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Syed Golam Sarwar, Akm Serajul Islam, Esteak Shuvo, Afrin

    Director of photography :Golam Maola Nabir

    Produced by : Shakirujjaman Pappu & Arnab Antu

    Editor :Rashaduzzaman Shohag

    Sound : Ripon Nath

    Written and Directed by : Fahad Khan

  • Nepal Premiere

    PUPPET

    Razib Ahsan

    SYNOPSIS

    Jamshed, a hitman and his associate, Hares rummage through the city of Dhaka to hunt down a man completely in cyan -- - cyan shirt, cyan pantaloons, cyan shoes. They end up on a boat in search of an almost non-existent man as per the command of their boss over phones while their evening tea waits; Jamshed’s romance for the night waits; Hares’ urge to use a gun for the first time waits. Once or twice an impatient Hares questions the sanity of such a search to which Jamshed asks him think less and follow orders (like a puppet). Finally, Hares gets a call; his long wait to shoot comes to an end and he gets to shoot. But he is not happy; he wails tear the night apart as he was one dumb-dirty puppet.

    Director´s biography

    Razib Ahsan

    Razib Ahsan was born in 28th December 1981. While in high school he got extremely attracted to the cinema world. He regularly bunked schools to watch movies at the local movie theatres. In the late 90's he started writing in different periodical and national dailies and emerged as a young film critic. In 2007, Razib started working as an assistant director with prominent filmmaker of the Indian subcontinent, Goutam Ghosh.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ratan Deb, Dukhu Suman

    Director of photography :Niaz Mahbub, Ripon Chowdhury

    Producer :A H Rony

    Produced by : Pandoras Box

    Editor :Sameer Ahmed

    Written and Directed by : Razib Ahsan

  • Nepal Premiere

    CHICKEN FOX

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    • COUNTRY : Hungary, Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME :
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    As a child, the filmmaker got scared when he had chickenpox. To deal with this traumatic event, he created a humorous film about the way people used to call it “chicken fox” instead of “chickenpox”.

    Director´s biography

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    Nuruzzaman Khan just debuted his first documentary, “Ohayo, Nayan!” (2015) then his next film “Chicken Fox” (2016) was an official selection of green years in Doclisboa’16. “Men with Nov Name(2017), which is about migrant workers from Bangladesh living in Lisbon. Khan has a bachelor degree in Media Studies and is finishing his studies on Documentary Film Directing at the joint master DocNomads, that happens between three countries: Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ratan Deb, Dukhu Suman

    Direction :Nuruzzaman Khan

  • Nepal Premiere

    CHICKEN FOX

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    • COUNTRY : Hungary, Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE :
    • RUNNING TIME :
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    As a child, the filmmaker got scared when he had chickenpox. To deal with this traumatic event, he created a humorous film about the way people used to call it “chicken fox” instead of “chickenpox”.

    Director´s biography

    Nuruzzaman Khan

    Nuruzzaman Khan just debuted his first documentary, “Ohayo, Nayan!” (2015) then his next film “Chicken Fox” (2016) was an official selection of green years in Doclisboa’16. “Men with Nov Name(2017), which is about migrant workers from Bangladesh living in Lisbon. Khan has a bachelor degree in Media Studies and is finishing his studies on Documentary Film Directing at the joint master DocNomads, that happens between three countries: Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ratan Deb, Dukhu Suman

    Direction :Nuruzzaman Khan

POWER

Ekadeshma has explored various social themes through it’s editions, and this year we will feature films that celebrate womanhood from all over the world with this year’s thematic focus “Power”. With Power, we are attempting to create discourse on gender as a social, cultural, and a political construct. Alongside, we will celebrate films on women, and the contributions of women in the vast field of cinema in Nepal and abroad.

  • POWER CHOICE

    Since time immemorial we’ve been fed with imagery of the ‘mother’ – the epitome of love, sacrifice and compassion. And bringing life into this world is considered a ‘miracle’. Then there’s the flipside. This section explores the lives of women – some taking control of their bodies while others losing control.

  • Nepal Premiere

    KOKH

    Subarna Thapa

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 10’42’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    The film advocates the message of safe and legal abortion is every woman’s human rights and social justice. This is story of two sex-workers, having confirmation after one finds out she is pregnant. The discussion features over abortion, and conflict between their ideologies.

    Director´s biography

    Subarna Thapa

    Nepalese filmmaker Subarna Thapa was born in 1973 in Kathmandu and has lived in France since 1999. A graduate in dramatic arts from the Cours Florent, Paris, he has played many roles in both France and Nepal, honing his craft at the Comédie Française, and also with the Japan Foundation in Tokyo and the Asia Society in New York. His first short film, Funeral – 2008, screened in different int'l short film festivals and awarded, was broadcast on France 3 in November 2009.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Deeya Maskey, Namrata Sapkota

    written by :Sandesh Aryal

    Story/Conceptualizer/Producer :Miraj Roshan

    Directed by :Subarna Thapa

  • Nepal Premiere

    RUWA

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 4'45"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    "RUWA" is the story of a woman who aspires to become a mother. But what seems like a normal aspiration for many women is a dream full of challenges for her."

    Director´s biography

    SUJATA GURUNG

    SUJATA GURUNG, born on 6th August 1993, hails from Kathmandu, Nepal, is a creative and passionate individual who considers visual storytelling as the most effective method to invoke emotions and to change people's perceptions. Through the short movie "RUWA" she has begun her journey as a visual storyteller by converting her own short Story into a short movie and directing it where she has become successful to show the hidden side of the society and to tell the story of unheard voices. Currently, she is affiliated with the youth -led organization "YUWA" and believes in the power of youth for positive social change. Being a youth, she wants to work on social issues to bring out positive change through visual story telling method.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Eurika, Aabha Sharma, Aarju Basnet, Parikxit Bikram Rana

    Director of Photography :Anushruti Adhikari

    Editor :Aarju Basnet

    Written and Directed by :Sujata Gurung

  • Nepal Premiere

    LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER

    Anu Valia

    • COUNTRY : USA
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 13'
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016

    SYNOPSIS

    After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

    Director´s biography

    Anu Valia

    Anu Valia is writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Adult Swim, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Anu's award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It is also an official selection of 30+ festivals, including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Lucia was a recipient of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her feature, We Strangers. Anu directs the Refinery29 series, Womanhood, featuring Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. Womanhood has been featured in The New Yorker, IndieWire, Splitsider, Elle Magazine, and more. Her work at CollegeHumor has won a Bronze Telly Award and was nominated for a Webby Award. Anu is a 2017 artist resident at SPACE on Ryder farm and is an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad. She was also a participant of NYFF’s 2017 Artist Academy.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sarah Goldberg

    Producer :Gabrielle Nadig

    Written and Directed by : Anu Valia

  • Nepal Premiere

    LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER

    Anu Valia

    • COUNTRY : USA
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 13'
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016

    SYNOPSIS

    After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

    Director´s biography

    Anu Valia

    Anu Valia is writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Adult Swim, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Anu's award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It is also an official selection of 30+ festivals, including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Lucia was a recipient of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her feature, We Strangers. Anu directs the Refinery29 series, Womanhood, featuring Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. Womanhood has been featured in The New Yorker, IndieWire, Splitsider, Elle Magazine, and more. Her work at CollegeHumor has won a Bronze Telly Award and was nominated for a Webby Award. Anu is a 2017 artist resident at SPACE on Ryder farm and is an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad. She was also a participant of NYFF’s 2017 Artist Academy.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sarah Goldberg

    Producer :Gabrielle Nadig

    Written and Directed by : Anu Valia

  • POWER STRENGTH

    Strength is usually synonymous to masculinity. Women adopting, and adapting to, roles of strength, may be commended by society, but is still considered as filling into the shoes of a man. In this section women yet again disprove the myth of the ‘weaker sex’. Enduring through the horrors of conflict, these women won’t be silenced.
  • Nepal Premiere

    I TOO HAVE A NAME

    SUBA SIVAKUMARAN

    • COUNTRY : Sri Lanka/U.S.A.
    • LANGUAGE : Tamil
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’03”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2012
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In a time of violence in Sri Lanka, two women (a nun and a servant girl) move in their daily lives to reconcile their past and redirect their future.

    Director´s biography

    SUBA SIVAKUMARAN

    Suba Sivakumaran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, grew up in five different countries and currently resides in New York. She started her career in international development in Sri Lanka and works in the area of humanitarian aid and poverty reduction for the United Nations and other organizations. She has an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from Harvard University, both in politics and public policy. I Too Have A Name is her first film.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :SUBHA WIJESIRIWARDENA, NIMMI HARASGAMA, JAFIR

    Director of Photography :KALINGA DESHAPRIYA

    Production Managers :DEEPAL GUNARATNE, BIMAL DUSHMANTHA

    Produced By:SUBA SIVAKUMARAN, SAMUEL HOLT

    Music :FOREST CHRISTENSON

    Written and Directed by :SUBA SIVAKUMARAN

  • Nepal Premiere

    IRGENDWER

    Marco Gadge

    • COUNTRY : Germany
    • LANGUAGE : German, Russian
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’30”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/231289157

    SYNOPSIS

    Germany, at the end of WWII. The Red Army fight for every inch of ground in the streets of the city. Greta and her family are hiding in a cellar hoping for mercy. Greta’s father, however, intuits for a very good reason that the Soviets will take brutal revenge. The short film “Irgendwer” (“Someone”) shows that a beginning is still possible, always and everywhere. The film is based on a true story.

    Director´s biography

    Marco Gadge

    Marco Gadge (born 21.03.1971) is a German film director and screenwriter. In 1990 he moved from his home village Wefensleben to Magdeburg. For the first time, he came into contact with the medium of film. In Magdeburg he realized his first short films and music videos. In 1997, Marco moved to Leipzig for love and worked as a post-production assistant for a Leipzig film production. From 2001 onwards, Marco moved on to the script / continuity and directing direction to be closer to the direct emergence of the films. Throughout the time, Marco has made several short film projects, which have been successful at around one hundred fifty film festivals around the world and have also won several prizes. Marco is currently working intensively on the realization of his first long film. At the same time, he regularly directs the production of various television productions

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Vladislav Grakovskiy, Tigran Petrosyan, Maximilian Braun, Fabienne Haller, Jochen Nickel

    Director of Photography :Niklas Hoffmann

    Producer :Mike Brandin, Francis Fulton-Smith, Marco Gadge

    Sound :Martin Witte

    Art Director :Maria Nickol

    Editor :René Jacob

    Written and Directed by :Marco Gadge

  • Nepal Premiere

    MERYEM

    Reber Dosky

    • COUNTRY : Netherlands
    • LANGUAGE : Kurdish
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'11"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G40IYkXtRTQ

    SYNOPSIS

    Filmed during the battle of Kobanî, MERYEM reveals the women at the heart of the fight against ISIS. With stoic perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, it is they who are leading the fight for freedom.

    Director´s biography

    Reber Dosky

    Reber Dosky is a Kurdish/Dutch Film-maker, who finished his study in directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. Reber shows in his short films stories of human relationships and puts them in a broader social context.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Reber Dosky

    Producer :Jos de Putter

    Sound :Taco Drijfhout, Huibert Boon

    Editor :Rémi van der Heiden

    Written and Directed by : Reber Dosky

  • Nepal Premiere

    ROYERA HOINA HASERA

    Sujata Dhungana

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 5'32"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    There was a decade long armed conflict in Nepal from 2052 to 2063 Mangsir 5. It’s been 11 years now after the conflict has ended but there are around 1400 families who are still waiting and hoping that their family members who were disappeared during the conflict period will come back again. We have tried to portray the experience of women’s struggle when stepping out of her house to find the lost husband and her fight during the road to justice.

    Director´s biography

    Sujata Dhungana

    When she was in Grade 10. She had read about some of our brave Nepali conqueror, Prithivi Narayan Shah, Bir BalaBhadra Kunwar, Bhim Shen Thapa, etc. She realized she had never read about women history makers. During the Maoist insurgency, my school was shut down for several time and again. She was unaware of the political revolution of her country going through. Currently, doing my Master’s in Gender Studies. She had a Nepali history class where she read about the armed conflict in Nepal. There too, she did not find any mentioning of women leaders who had contributed during the war. She began thinking about the family members of the disappeared person. Since the last 5 month she have been talking to the 50 family members who are still in hope of their beloved ones returning back to them. She wanted to make this documentary to let the world know how courageous women can be.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Sajal Pradhan

    Producer :Onions Films

    Written and Directed by :Sujata Dhungana

  • Nepal Premiere

    ROYERA HOINA HASERA

    Sujata Dhungana

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 5'32"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    There was a decade long armed conflict in Nepal from 2052 to 2063 Mangsir 5. It’s been 11 years now after the conflict has ended but there are around 1400 families who are still waiting and hoping that their family members who were disappeared during the conflict period will come back again. We have tried to portray the experience of women’s struggle when stepping out of her house to find the lost husband and her fight during the road to justice.

    Director´s biography

    Sujata Dhungana

    When she was in Grade 10. She had read about some of our brave Nepali conqueror, Prithivi Narayan Shah, Bir BalaBhadra Kunwar, Bhim Shen Thapa, etc. She realized she had never read about women history makers. During the Maoist insurgency, my school was shut down for several time and again. She was unaware of the political revolution of her country going through. Currently, doing my Master’s in Gender Studies. She had a Nepali history class where she read about the armed conflict in Nepal. There too, she did not find any mentioning of women leaders who had contributed during the war. She began thinking about the family members of the disappeared person. Since the last 5 month she have been talking to the 50 family members who are still in hope of their beloved ones returning back to them. She wanted to make this documentary to let the world know how courageous women can be.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Sajal Pradhan

    Producer :Onions Films

    Written and Directed by :Sujata Dhungana

  • POWER RESILENCE

    Getting knocked down is common; it’s the rare few who get back up stronger. It is that indomitable spirit that keeps them going when most would rather let misfortune, disaster or deep sorrow overcome them. This section salutes the women with the rare quality of rising again after hitting rock bottom.

  • Nepal Premiere

    VIOLA, FRANCA

    Marta Savina

    • COUNTRY : Italy
    • LANGUAGE : Italian/Sicilian
    • RUNNING TIME : 19’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/227233292

    SYNOPSIS

    It's Sicily in 1965, and Franca is forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community, but she rebels against the established custom and sets a precedent that alters the course of Italian history, paving the way for women's rights.

    Director´s biography

    Born in 1986, Florence, Italy. A graduate of UCLA’s MFA Directing program, Marta Savina moved to LA after living in London, where she studied Philosophy at King’s College. Recently, she collaborated with James Franco, in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s short story “Elly,” and with Francis Ford Coppola on his latest project Distant Vision.. Marta Savina is a director and assistant director, known for Viola, Franca (2017), Ward 3 (2012) and Caruso (2013).

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Claudia Gusmano, Carlo Calderone, Ninni Brushetta, Maurizio Puglisi

    Director of Photography :Topher Osborn

    Producer :Marta Savina, Tatiana Vecchio, Gregory J Rossi

    Composer :Ilaria Acella

    Editor :Ashley Monti

    Written and Directed by :Marta Savina

  • Nepal Premiere

    GYALMU’S HOUSE

    Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’27”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In 2015 an earthquake of terrible power devastated the Langtang Valley in Nepal, taking hundreds of lives from the small community. A year later Nima Gyalmu, a woman of extraordinary strength, dignity and humour, rebuilds her house in this remote and shattered place while trying to come to terms with her new world.

    Director´s biography

    Asmita Shrish

    Asmita is a Nepali filmmaker working in fiction and documentary. Her short documentary Auntie Ganga a portrait of an elderly Gurkha couple living in Britain has played around the world including in Britain and Nepal. Asmita was commissioned to make a follow-up project following retired Ghurka soldiers in Britain. As a fiction filmmaker she co-directed Chandra, the moving story of the journey of a boy and his grandfather through a devastated Kathmandu. The film was funded by Busan International Film Festival's Asian Masters and Newcomers Project, and has already been selected for a number of festivals.

    Gavin Carver

    Gavin has worked for a couple of decades in the visual and performing arts as both practitioner and lecturer. Originally a lighting designer for theatre and film his interests have developed to encompass a range of practices. He has designed and directed site specific events, live performances integrating mixed media and virtual reality, and large scale community celebrations. For the past few years Gavin has concentrated on filmmaking, specialising in stories of landscape and culture. Before Gyalmu’s House his film Andante follows a musician as she hikes with her cello to play on a remote summit in Oregon, USA.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Nima Gyalmu Lama

    Director of Photography :Gavin Carver

    Producer :Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

    Produced By:Dhaulagiri Films/Reel Planet

    Music :Ganga Thapa

    Written and Directed by :Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

  • Nepal Premiere

    IMAGO

    Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

    • COUNTRY : Philippines
    • LANGUAGE : Filipino
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’
    • Trailer link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDBmqcT2TA0

    SYNOPSIS

    On a humid night within the bustling slums of Metropolitan Manila, Inday, a 54-year- old single parent of a special child goes to her unusual work.

    Director´s biography

    Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

    Born in Philippines in 1992. Graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology with a BS Multimedia Arts and Sciences. Attended Brillante Mendoza’s directing film workshop and eventually worked as a 2nd assistant director and cinematographer under him. Also studied screenwriting under Armando Lao’s “Found Story” method of writing

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ruby Ruiz, Louie Tan, Upeng Fernandez, Kiko De Guzman

    Director of Photography :Joshua Reyles

    Producer :Brillante Ma Mendoza

    Sound :Mike IDIOMA

    Art Director :Harley Alcasid

    Editor :Diego Marx Dobles

    Written and Directed by :Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

  • Nepal Premiere

    IMAGO

    Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

    • COUNTRY : Philippines
    • LANGUAGE : Filipino
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’
    • Trailer link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDBmqcT2TA0

    SYNOPSIS

    On a humid night within the bustling slums of Metropolitan Manila, Inday, a 54-year- old single parent of a special child goes to her unusual work.

    Director´s biography

    Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

    Born in Philippines in 1992. Graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology with a BS Multimedia Arts and Sciences. Attended Brillante Mendoza’s directing film workshop and eventually worked as a 2nd assistant director and cinematographer under him. Also studied screenwriting under Armando Lao’s “Found Story” method of writing

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Ruby Ruiz, Louie Tan, Upeng Fernandez, Kiko De Guzman

    Director of Photography :Joshua Reyles

    Producer :Brillante Ma Mendoza

    Sound :Mike IDIOMA

    Art Director :Harley Alcasid

    Editor :Diego Marx Dobles

    Written and Directed by :Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

  • POWER FREEDOM

    The word, freedom, is often used frivolously, and the concept, taken for granted. For women, being confined to various societal stereotypes, dictates and pressures, the simple power to act, speak or think is as valuable and liberating as the air they breathe. This section shares some extraordinary circumstances in women’s lives and how they learn to adapt or accept their situation – some outcomes surprise the women themselves.

  • Nepal Premiere

    RETOUCH

    Kaveh Mazaheri

    • COUNTRY : Iran
    • LANGUAGE : Persian
    • RUNNING TIME : 19”30
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :https://vimeo.com/178583525

    SYNOPSIS

    In the corner of the home, Maryam's husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband's death. After she makes sure her husband is dead, gathered her stuff and goes out with her child. During the day, she pretends her husband is got disappeared and she does not have any news.

    Director´s biography

    Kaveh Mazaheri

    Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Mazaheri to begin writing film criticism for Iranian magazines after graduating from college in 2004. His first short film, Tweezers (2007). To date, he has made four independent short films and more than twenty short and long documentaries. He is the editor and author of a great many projects aside from his own. His most characteristic films include “A REPORT ABOUT MINA” (Documentary, 2015) and “RETOUCH” (Short fiction, 2017). “RETOUCH” won “Best Short Fiction Film” from Tribeca and Krakow and Palm Springs and Traverse City Film Festivals.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sonia Sanjari, Mohammadhossein Ziksari, Azadeh Abaadpoor, Hanieh Mofleh, Siamak Farsi, Foroogh Azizi

    Director of Photography :Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah

    Producer :Kaveh Mazaheri

    Sound :Hossein Ghoorcian, Hadi Manavipour

    Produced by : Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS)

    Editor :Pooyan Sholehvar

  • Nepal Premiere

    STATEMENT AFTER MY POET HUSBANDS DEATH

    Tasmiah Afrin Mou

    • COUNTRY : Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : Bengali
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’59”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko5cePhYvxQ&t=3s

    SYNOPSIS

    This film is about a psychological journey of a woman named Rubi; once she loved her husband devotedly but the feeling is long gone. Sitting beside her husband’s dead body, she doesn’t feel any grief or any other emotion whatsoever. She remembers her life with this man, and discovers that her once beloved husband died to her long before his actual demise. Rubi is not a self-declared feminist but her surroundings and her life-struggle made her a strong bold woman.

    Director´s biography

    Tasmiah Afrin Mou

    Tasmiah Afrin Mou is a young filmmaker from Bangladesh. Statement after My Poet Husband’s Death is her debut short film. For this film, she received four awards from several international film festivals. Before this, she made a handful of Documentary films. One of her Documentary films Tokai-2012 received the Award for Best Short Documentary at Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China in 2014. She was born 9 th November 1983 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her Honors and Masters’ degree from University of Dhaka. She is also known as a writer. Her short story book Baksha Bondi was published in 2015.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Dilruba Hossain, Ali Ahsan

    Director of photography : Imranul Islam

    Producer :Rubaiyat Hossain

    Editor :Sujan Mahmud

    Art Director : Awlaad Rinto

    Written and Directed by : Tasmiah Afrin Mou

  • Nepal Premiere

    SHIKHAMAIN BATTIKO

    SAHARA SHARMA

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 15"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015

    SYNOPSIS

    Shikha Mainbattikato is a film rendition of the Bhupi Sherchan poem- Mainbattiko Shikha. In the poem, Sherchan has an almost romantic representation of various biological and social stages in a woman's life comparing her to a "शुभ्र, शान्त, स्निग्ध, शिखा मैनबत्तीको. (Loosely translated as Radiant, Peaceful, and Glossy- a Candle’s Wick) " The poet (a man) writes about the most intimate times of a woman - her first periods, childbirth and her widowed stage, and he does this from a distance, making assumptions using words- like "मानौं," "झैं". This short film is based on the same poem but is made by women and inevitably the imagery comes out a little different. It's not as pleasant as the poem but a lot closer to reality.

    Director´s biography

    SAHARA SHARMA

    Sahara Sharma’s first feature length TV film, Chasing Rainbows opened the 2013 Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) and also bagged the Jury Award for Best film in “Nepal Panorama” category. The film also won the Judges Award at the Toronto Nepali film festival 2014. Before venturing full time into film making, Sharma worked as correspondent in the National English Daily ‘Republica’ published from Kathmandu whilst making short films in her spare time. National Critics have praised for her story telling, characterization, and her style of directing fresh actors with improvised dialogs.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Anshu Neupane ,Parbina Dahit, Deeya Maskey

    Directed by :Sahara Sharma

    Sound :Dikesh Khadgi Shahi

    Produced by : Abhimanyu Dixit, Gauthali Ent.

  • Nepal Premiere

    TEHZEEB

    Myriam Raja

    • COUNTRY : UK
    • LANGUAGE : Urdu
    • RUNNING TIME : 15”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :hhttps://vimeo.com/157917138

    SYNOPSIS

    Tehzeeb’s fate is sealed through an arranged marriage at the request of her father. Slowly, she finds herself suffocating as she struggles to adapt to her new husband’s Western lifestyle in England, all the while tempted by the prospect of wanting to break free from this alliance.

    Director´s biography

    Myriam Raja

    Myriam’s films have screened at numerous festivals across the world, including London Short Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Omladinski Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. Since graduating from Bournemouth, Myriam has gone on to receive funding from Creative England to make her next short. She is currently studying at the National Film & Television School with a scholarship from Channel 4.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Hiftu Quasem, Javed Khan, Haqi Ali

    Director of photography : Sam Taylor

    Producer :Eloise Rudd

    Editor :Lewis Bullock

    Written and Directed by : Myriam Raja

  • Nepal Premiere

    TEHZEEB

    Myriam Raja

    • COUNTRY : UK
    • LANGUAGE : Urdu
    • RUNNING TIME : 15”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :hhttps://vimeo.com/157917138

    SYNOPSIS

    Tehzeeb’s fate is sealed through an arranged marriage at the request of her father. Slowly, she finds herself suffocating as she struggles to adapt to her new husband’s Western lifestyle in England, all the while tempted by the prospect of wanting to break free from this alliance.

    Director´s biography

    Myriam Raja

    Myriam’s films have screened at numerous festivals across the world, including London Short Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Omladinski Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. Since graduating from Bournemouth, Myriam has gone on to receive funding from Creative England to make her next short. She is currently studying at the National Film & Television School with a scholarship from Channel 4.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Hiftu Quasem, Javed Khan, Haqi Ali

    Director of photography : Sam Taylor

    Producer :Eloise Rudd

    Editor :Lewis Bullock

    Written and Directed by : Myriam Raja

  • POWERFREE SPIRIT

    Women are often lost within the maze of archaic stereotypes that define them, snatching away the opportunity for them to be their real selves. This section unravels the women for who and what they are, sans the colours that society paints them with. It presents a kaleidoscope of emotions, desires and aspirations.

  • Nepal Premiere

    SEMELE

    • COUNTRY : Cyprus
    • LANGUAGE : Greek
    • RUNNING TIME : 13"
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • Trailer link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Eam6x8Zo0

    SYNOPSIS

    Semele will do anything to spend some time with her long absent father. A school note becomes just the excuse
for her to visit him at his workplace, where her presence highlights their fragile relationship.

    Director´s biography

    Myrsini Aristidou

    Myrsini Aristidou is a New York- based writer/director, originally from Limassol, Cyprus. She is currently perceiving her MFA in Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with a TSOA Scholarship. In 2013 she completed her BFA in Film and History of Art, at Pratt Institute in New York, as part of the President’s List. Her latest works include the short film Semele (2015), a short documentary shot in Argentina; Ma’ (2014), the award winning short film Not Now (2013) (International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2014 - Best Directing Award), and the short documentary Lost Hopes (2011).

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Yiannis Stankoglou, Vasiliki Kokkoliadi, Paris Aristides, Athos Antoniou, Kimonas Apostolopoulos, Sara Pitsikali

    Director of Photography :Pepe Avila del Pino

    Producer :Paris Films, Myrsini Aristides

    Produced by : Reinaldo Green

    Editor :Myrsini Aristidou

    Music :Jacob Pavek

    Written and Directed by :Myrsini Aristidou

  • Nepal Premiere

    SKATE NEPAL

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : English/Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 12”14”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    In Nepal, 40% of women are married by the age of 18. Girls and young women are often confined to certain roles according to society's expectation. Now, a group of young skateboarders is pushing the boundaries for women in Nepal while a female collective from New Zealand is making the sport more accessible and less intimidating. This documentary explores issues of identity, gender equality and what it means to be a woman skateboarder in South Asia.

    Director´s biography

    Bibbi Abruzzini is an advocate for the solutions journalism movement, interested in covering far-from- the spotlight, grassroots communities. Her video and photo reportages include ethnographic elements with the objective of breaking the hierarchy between filmmakers and 'subjects' in order to provide genuine and spontaneous narratives. Over the years she has covered a variety of subjects from over 15 countries, including alternative livelihoods in Colombia, the humanitarian crisis along the US-Mexico border, homelessness across the globe, and sexual trafficking in Nepal. Her work has appeared in international media and has won several awards.

    Director’s Filmography

    Brian (2016) – Nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards (Student Production). BEA Award of Excellence.

    Borderline (2016)

    Quake (2015)Integration Not Segragation (2015)

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Rezina Maharjan ,Archana Magar,Thombay,Maiya Maharjan,Cayley Alger,Caitlin Jean Hodgen,Ujwol Dangol,Duncan Philp, Zyanya Jackson

    Director of photography : Photography Stills: Sanjog Manandhar

    Music : Drake Stafford ,Roger Plexico

    Written and Directed by : Bibbi Abruzzini

  • Nepal Premiere

    TASTE OF LOVE

    PAUL SCHEUFLER

    • COUNTRY : Germany
    • LANGUAGE : German
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’32”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :https://vimeo.com/213455523

    SYNOPSIS

    What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.

    Director´s biography

    PAUL SCHEUFLER

    Paul is an Austrian newcomer in the film industry. He was born in March 1998 and just graduated at Ortweinschule Graz in Film & Multimedia Art. During education, he finished several short films, a commercial for Kunsthaus Graz and worked on documentaries in Vietnam and Kenya. Currently, he is living in Vienna and New York City.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mirjam Hameter ,Georg Rauber, Berenice Heichel

    Directed by :Paul Scheufler

    Director of photography : Philipp Hafner

    Producer :HTBLVA GRAZ – ORTWEINSCHULE ,Paul Scheufler

    Score/Sound :Lukas Schönwiese

    Produced by : Paul Scheufler

    Editor :Lucas Cantera Fohsl

    Written by : Gabriel Proedl

  • Nepal Premiere

    WILD SKIN

    Ariane Louis-Seize

    • COUNTRY : Canada
    • LANGUAGE : No language
    • RUNNING TIME : 19”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :https://vimeo.com/176497641

    SYNOPSIS

    The quiet life of a young and solitary woman is disturbed when she discovers a baby python in her apartment. This mysterious presence unleashes her deepest urges and will let her express for the first time who she truly is.

    Director´s biography

    Ariane Louis-Seize

    After completing her studies at the INIS film institute in 2013, Ariane Louis-Seize's screenplay "Wild Skin" wins first place at SODEC's "cours écrire ton court" contest. With this short film, she also makes her directorial debut. Meanwhile, she co-writes her first feature film, "Three Monkees", to be released in spring of 2016.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Alexis Lefebvre , Marilyn Castonguay

    Director of photography : Shawn Pavlin

    Producer :Hany Ouichou, Jeanne-Marie Poulain

    Editor :Sophie Farkas Bolla

    Music : Peter Venne

    Art Director : Eric Barbeau

    Written and Directed by : Ariane Louis-Seize

  • Nepal Premiere

    WILD SKIN

    Ariane Louis-Seize

    • COUNTRY : Canada
    • LANGUAGE : No language
    • RUNNING TIME : 19”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :https://vimeo.com/176497641

    SYNOPSIS

    The quiet life of a young and solitary woman is disturbed when she discovers a baby python in her apartment. This mysterious presence unleashes her deepest urges and will let her express for the first time who she truly is.

    Director´s biography

    Ariane Louis-Seize

    After completing her studies at the INIS film institute in 2013, Ariane Louis-Seize's screenplay "Wild Skin" wins first place at SODEC's "cours écrire ton court" contest. With this short film, she also makes her directorial debut. Meanwhile, she co-writes her first feature film, "Three Monkees", to be released in spring of 2016.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Alexis Lefebvre , Marilyn Castonguay

    Director of photography : Shawn Pavlin

    Producer :Hany Ouichou, Jeanne-Marie Poulain

    Editor :Sophie Farkas Bolla

    Music : Peter Venne

    Art Director : Eric Barbeau

    Written and Directed by : Ariane Louis-Seize

  • Nepal Premiere

    BACKSTORY

    Joschka Laukeninks

    • COUNTRY : Germany
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 8’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

    Director´s biography

    Joschka was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany in 1989. After finishing school, he decided not to take his place at the Berlin university, but instead follow his true passion for creating moving images and sounds. After writing and directing his first short film „Alles wegen des Hundes“ (2008), he started working at a film production company in Hamburg. He kept writing short film scripts and soon directed his second short film „Everything’s so silent“ (2010). One year later he finished his next short film „Back to Solitude“ (2011), which launched his career as a commercial director. He worked for different national and international clients and kept working on short film scripts and music videos. In 2014, preproduction started for his latest short film project „BACKSTORY“ (2016), which was shot over a period of 17 shooting days in 1,5 years. Joschka is currently working on his first feature-length script and lives in Berlin and Hamburg

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Jan Stapelfeldt, Xenia Assenza,Jessica McIntyre

    Director of Photography : Eike Rieche

    Producers :Benjamin Horstkotte, Tobias Wichura, The Marmalade Films Hamburg

    Editor : Vera Berg

    Sound : MEI Zhu, Livia RUZIC, Mikko QUIZON

    Direction and Screenplay :Joschka Laukeninks

  • Nepal Premiere

    BEHIND

    Ángel Gómez Hernández

    SYNOPSIS

    Arianne is a divorced mother obsessed with the idea that her ex-husband might take her baby away from her. At a birthday party, a mysterious old woman called Leonor tells Arianne that there is a strange figure following her: a terrifying looking man. Back at home with her little baby, Arianne will have to fight something a lot darker than her deepest fears. Something that will make her worst nightmares come alive.

    Director´s biography

    Film director, scriptwriter, stage manager, script consultant and filmmaking instructor, co-manages the film production company Estudio V, where he has developed feature films such as Deep House, Looking for Eli and Behind. Behind is currently being developed with Juan de Dios Garduño (Extinction), Tom Holland (Child's Play) and Jorge Trinchet. He currently works as director and scriptwriter for Aliwood Producciones, where he is developing the feature film Hidden Sides. Aliwood Producciones is responsible for films such as 5 Metros Cuadrados, Justin y la espada del valor (Nominated for the Goya Award in 2014) or Un Cuento Chino (Goya Award winner in 2012).Has earned more than 70 international awards, and has received more than 300 nominations. His short film, Y la muerte lo seguía, received more than 130 nominations and received 20 international awards during its first year of distribution.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mercarena Gomez, Ruth Diaz, Javier Botet, Lone Fleming

    Director of Photography :Pablo Rosso

    Producer :Roberto Sanz

    Produced by : Estudio V. Montreux Entertainment

    Art Director :Arantxa Domingo

  • Nepal Premiere

    BIG CITY

    Jordan Bond , Lachlan Ryan

    SYNOPSIS

    Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up Chris, a stray drunk who befriends him, and over the course of the night, Chris experiences some of Vijay's troubles and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.

    Director´s biography

    Jordan Bond

    Jordan is an award-winning writer/director of short films and music videos, a graduate of Swinburne University’s Bachelor of Film and TV, an Alumni the Melbourne International Film Festival's Accelerator program for emerging directors, and from 2013-2016 was full-time writer/director at DPI, a Melbourne production company. His short films have won him acclaim both locally and internationally.

    Lachlan Ryan

    Lachlan is currently working as a freelance writer, director and editor, whilst developing a slate of feature film projects. During his time as Drama Development Manager at The Film Company, Lachlan edited numerous television commercials, associate produced the highly successful Australian family comedy ODDBALL, and helped attract development funding for Rachel Griffiths' debut feature film. He previously worked at WTFN ENTERTAINMENT as a Shooter- Producer on various television programs including National Geographic’s highest rating show of 2015, ODDBALL: THE NATURE OF A MOVIE.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Gurvinder Atwal, CJ Fortuna, Andrew Faulkner

    Director of Photography :Gerard Warrener

    Producer :JARROD THEODORE

    Story: Jordan Bond

    Music :Clancy Bond,Thomas E Rouch

    Direction :Lachlan Ryan

    Editor :Dave Redman

  • Nepal Premiere

    BIRTHDAY

    Alberto Viavattene

    • COUNTRY : Italy
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • RUNNING TIME : 15”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    At Night. An abusive nurse wanders through the halls of a nursing home. She integrates her salary by secretly selling prescription drugs to junkies and stealing from the most vulnerable patients. The only thing she hates more than her job is old people. Upon entering room 12, occupied by three sisters, she discovers that one of them has just turned one-hundred years old: there must be a birthday present somewhere… that will change their lives forever.

    Director´s biography

    Alberto Viavattene was born on September 21 of 1986 in Turin. He took part in the camera department of Paolo Sorrentino’s productions like “Youth” and the more recent “The Young Pope” HBO tv series. As director he made music videos (like Rockin'1000 Learn to fly video, that reached more than 30 million views on YouTube), commercials and five short films released all over the world in festival circuits, video on demand and home video.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Roxane Duran,Sydne Rome,Stewart Arnold,Viola Sartoretto ,Giulia Luna,Mazzarino ,Stella Clozza ,Erika Piroscia ,Alina La Costa ,Loredana Armanni

    Director of Photography :Sandro De Frino

    Producer :Claudio Bronzo, Lorenzo Lotti e Alessandro Regaldo

    Produced By:Indastria Film, Grey Ladder

    Editor :Alberto Viavattene

    Written and Directed by :Alberto Viavattene

  • Nepal Premiere

    CENTAURO

    Nicolás Suárez

    SYNOPSIS

    CENTAURO is a Greco-creole, grassroots political western set among the palm trees and the digital antennas of the soy-producing Argentine Pampas. When the bad gaucho summons the spirit of his dead brother, the drama of representation is unleashed and violence –always instrumental– emerges in the shape of a riding crop-knife the horse-man carries. The centaur, just like the gaucho, is a myth, but an interrupted myth that was lost far away and long ago. Only that this story occurs nearby and in more recent times.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987, he studied screenwriting at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC) and literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. The feature film Hijos Nuestros (2015), which he wrote and co-directed, screened at film festivals in Mar del Plata, Málaga, Toulouse, Cartagena, Guadalajara and La Habana. He currently lectures in literary theory and is taking a PhD in Argentinian literature and cinema.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Walter Jakob, Agustín Alcides Otero

    Director of Photography :Federico Lastra

    Produced By:Mariana Luconi

    Editor :Sebastián Agulló

    Written and Directed by :Nicolás Suárez

  • Nepal Premiere

    COLD STORAGE

    Thomas Freundlich

    SYNOPSIS

    Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosicphysical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely ice fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the sea ice, and thaws himout as his newfound soul brother. A wild all-night drinking and dancing party in the fisherman's tent ensues, but in the harsh light of the morning he must once again confront his own loneliness and dependency. As the ice melts under the foundations of his life, he is forced to even question the reality of the space and time surrounding him.

    Director´s biography

    Thomas Freundlich is one of the leading practitioners in Finland’s vibrantly growing independent dance film scene. Mr. Freundlich’s work ranges from dance shorts, documentary work, performance videography and 3D projects to music videos and projection design for the stage. His work has been seen at dozens of film festivals worldwide as well as broadcast TV both in Finland and internationally. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Freundlich was the co-artistic director of Finland’s Loikka dance film festival.
    Mr. Freundlich's other dance short films include Subsurface, also set to music by Kimmo Pohjonen; North Horizon, a dance film shot in Svalbard, co-authored with Valtteri Raekallio, and screened at over 25 festivals worldwide; and The Raven, a capture of Kaari Martin's contemporary flamenco solo and the first Finnish 3D dance film. As cinematographer, his work includes the full-length dance documentary Curious Skin about choreographer Tero Saarinen. The documentary was directed by Samuli Valkama and broadcast by YLE in Finland in 2014.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Valtteri Raekallio & Eero Vesterinen

    Director of Photography :Thomas Freundlich

    Producer :Aino Halonen

    Produced By:Lumikinos Production Oy

    Editor :Jukka Nykänen

    Directed by :Thomas Freundlich

  • Nepal Premiere

    DO NOT DISTRUB

    Sonahang Rai

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’30’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION :
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    'Do not disturb' is about a office employee who works till late night.He gets disturbed by continuous phone calls from someone. The recurring calls are taking a toll on his mental state. But who is it? and why is he calling him?

    Director´s biography

    Sonahang Rai is a nepali filmmaker who loves telling stories visually . He developed a keen passion about telling a story during his childhood days . Also he believes art can change perceptions . Also i have a diploma deegree in Digital filmmaking

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Girish Kumar Nair

    Directed by :Sonahang Rai

  • Nepal Premiere

    FEVER

    Celine Held & Logan George

    • COUNTRY : Japanese, Nepali, Arabic, English
    • LANGUAGE : Japanese, Nepali, Arabic, English
    • RUNNING TIME : 9’31’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Four young people unknowingly walk toward a moment in their lives when a fever overtakes them, bringing out their most basic instincts.

    Director´s biography

    CELINE HELD is a 2012 graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Logan and Celine’s feature film script, Little, won the 2016 Gold Prize in Drama at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and was a semifinalist for the 2016 Academy of Motion Picture and Fine Arts Nicholl Fellowship. She is a proud co-founder of ELO films. LOGAN GEORGE is a director and actor based in New York City. He is best known for playing the title role in Zach Lasry’s Seth (2016 SXSW Official Selection, Vimeo Staff Pick). His feature film script, Little, co-authored with Celine Held, won the 2016 Gold Prize in Drama at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and was a semifinalist for the 2016 Academy of Motion Picture and Fine Arts Nicholl Fellowship. He is a proud co-founder of ELO films and an avid urban explorer

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Yuza "Shiro" Hiroumi,Nikesh Ghimire,Shahla Al Balushi,Aamahri Nicholson

    Director of Photography :Logan George

    Producer :ELO films; Celine Held & Logan George

    Editor :Louis B. Gordon

    Directors/Screenplay :Celine Held & Logan George

  • Nepal Premiere

    TERRAIN VAGUE

    Latifa Said

    SYNOPSIS

    Suburbs of a big city. Omar, a worker from Maghreb, feels uncomfortable with women. Ambivalent, either he's fascinated by them, or they make him afraid. When he meets Rita, a hooker, he tries to surpass his complex, discovering his own sexuality.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Lyon, France (21 of february, 1976), I worked ten years as social worker and teacher. I could touch several different cultures and get richer as a human being. But I missed the creative process. So I took classes of professional photography and I worked for the press (Télérama, GéoAdo) and organisations like The League Against Cancer and The City of Paris. At the same time I was writing screenplays, both for short and feature films. I tried several screenplay contests till the day a door opened. My screenplay won the 1st prize of the SIRAR found at the International Film Festival of Aubagne. So I directed my first short film, “Jours Intranquilles” (Unquiet Days), produced by Le GREC.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Slimane Dazi, Delphine Grandsart, Rachid Taha

    Director of Photography : Yannig Dumoulin

    Producers :Rodrigo Areias,Latifa Said

    Editor :Aurélie Noury

    Sound :Harald Ballie

    Written and Directed by :Latifa Said

  • Nepal Premiere

    FIGHT ON A SWEDISH BEACH

    Simon Vahlne

    • COUNTRY : Sweden
    • LANGUAGE : Swedish
    • RUNNING TIME : 14”50’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    EPIC BEACH FIGHT!! This is what happens when you yell sieg heil and call someone's wife a whore. He had it coming.

    Director´s biography

    Simon was born in 1984 in the coastal town of Varberg, where this film was shot. His studies/work has been in Los Angeles, Prague and in Gothenburg, where he graduated with a master in direction from the Valand Academy of Film in 2013. Fight on a Swedish beach!! is his first production with Plattform Produktion.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Krister Thunberg, Helena Jansson, Cornelia Liljesjö, Casper Liljesjö

    Director of Photography : Maximilien Van Aertryck

    Producers : Axel Danielson, Ellen Hallin

    Editor :Simon Vahlne, Axel Danielson

    Composer :Eddie Nilsson

    Director : Simon Vahlne

  • Nepal Premiere

    GEMINI

    Nabin Bhatt,Aabha Nepal

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’4’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    This film represents the inner desire of a man who is born in the wrong body with woman soul. The film shows inner conflict between his own soul and heart. However, the curiosity leads towards the suffocation and suppression towards the society.

    Director´s biography

    Nabin Bhatt is an independent filmmaker who aims to uncover a variety of different stories in our community. He works as a scriptwriter, editor and director in short films and documentaries. He has completed his engineering from institute of engineering. He is currently working in feature as an assistant director. He considers film as his greatest passion. Aabha Sharma Nepal: Aabha is a theater artist who aims to work in different forms of filmmaking. She has completed her master's degree in gender studies. She is currently working as a social activist and filmmaker.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Bijay Adhikari,Sandhya Baral,Chavvi Lal Tamang,Sandeep Shrestha,Karuna,Bunu

    Director of Photography :Rajan Lama

    Producer :Ram Sharma Bhetuwal

    Produced By:Ram Sharma Bhetuwal

    Editor :Nabin Bhatt

    Art Director :Sandeep Shrestha

    Directed by :Nabin Bhatt & Aabha Nepal

  • Nepal Premiere

    GOALIE

    Toa Stappard

    SYNOPSIS

    South London. A man tries to save the ones he loves. But you can't save everyone.

    Director´s biography

    Toa is part Māori. He was born in New Zealand, speaks German and French, and lives in London.
    He has directed six short films and he is developing various first feature projects, including an expanded version of EMKHATSINI, set in Swaziland and Mozambique.
    Toa is also an award-winning freelance filmmaker. He works with NGO, non-profit, charity and public sector clients, shooting in locations all around the world.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Nicholas Pinnock,Lauren Pye

    Director of Photography :Nick Cooke

    Production :A WHĀNAU FILMS

    Editor :Matteo Bini

    Writer :Tom Woods

    Directed by :Toa Stappard

  • Nepal Premiere

    HIGH CITIES OF BONE

    Joao Salaviz

    • COUNTRY : Portugal
    • LANGUAGE : Portugese
    • RUNNING TIME : 18’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Karlon, born in Pedreira dos Húngaros (a slum in the outskirts of Lisbon) and a pioneer of Cape Verdean creole rap, runs away from the housing project to which he had been relocated. Nights of vigil are spent under a sweltering tropical heat. Among the sugarcanes, a whisper is heard. Karlon hasn't stopped singing. "High Cities of Bone" is a probing and imaginative exploration of Karlon's memories, the institutional siege, and the submerged stories from a dark time

    Director´s biography

    Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal, and Universidad del Cine - Buenos Aires. João Salaviza directed a trilogy of internationally award-winning short films: RAFA (Golden Bear at Berlinale’12 and Ingmar Bergman Award at Uppsala); ARENA (Palme d'Or at Cannes’09); and CERRO NEGRO (premiere at Rotterdam).

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Karlon

    Director of Photography :Vasco Viana

    Producer :Pedro Pinho

    Produced By:Terratreme Filmes

    Editor :Edgar Feldman, João Salaviz

    Written by :Carlos Furtado Gomes ,João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

    Directed by :João Salaviza

  • Nepal Premiere

    HIWA

    Jacqueline Lentzou

    SYNOPSIS

    Jay wakes up in Manila, yet he dreamed of Athens. He has a nightmare, during which he has a special quest: to save his two daughters from a special surgery: their houses are on them, and they need to be removed.In his attempt to fetch them, he roams around Athens’ cityscape, seeing things under a very different light, while he narrates his dream to his wife.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Athens, Greece in 1989, she grew up in Thessaloniki. She decided she wanted to become a film director after seeing Gus Van Sant's film Elephant. She graduated with a distinction from the London Film School in 2013 and participated in Berlinale Talents in 2014. Her work revolves around coming-of- age, loneliness, non-traditional family constructs, intimacy and dreams. She has directed several short films and a music video and is currently developing her feature film debut.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Melchor Lopez,Jerehmeel Zsara,Jude Stephen,Mhae Lopez

    Director of Photography :Konstantinus Koukoulios

    Producer :Jacqueline Lentzou,Vicky Miha

    Produced By:Terratreme Filmes

    Editor :Smaro Papaevangelou

    Written and Directed by :Jacqueline Lentzou

  • Nepal Premiere

    HOPE DIES LAST

    Ben Price

    SYNOPSIS

    During World War II, a prisoner working as a barber for the Nazis fears every haircut may be his last.

    Director´s biography

    "HOPE DIES LAST" marks Ben 's third short as director and writer. He began his career in theatre as an actor and director, running his own theatre company in the North East of England. On moving to London, Ben studied acting at the Drama Centre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For the past twenty years his career has been predominantly in film and television, where he has played leading roles in a number of major long-running UK dramas. His first short "I'M SORRY TO TELL YOU" opened at New York Independent Film Festival 2015, was shown at 15 International film festivals and long listed at BAFTA. His second film "TAUBMAN" has just been shown at the Oscar qualifying Athens Film Festival, opened the Manchester film festival and was shown as part of a special section at the Jewish Film Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cinematographer :Tim Royle

    Cast :Andrew Grosh, Tarek Slater

    Producer :Tim Royle Ben Price Matt Hilton

    Produced By:Bolo Films

    Editor :: Phil Lees

    Written and Directed by :Ben Price

  • Nepal Premiere

    I KNOW YOU FROM SOMEWHERE

    Andrew Fitzgerald

    SYNOPSIS

    A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after inadvertently becoming a viral sensation.

    Director´s biography

    Andrew Fitzgerald is an American filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Angela Trimbur, Cleopatra Coleman, Colin Woodell

    Producer :Jay Patumanoan

    Art Director:Stephen McGlade

    Director of photography :Sing Howe Yam

    Editor :Andrew Fitzgerald

    Written and Directed by :Andrew Fitzgerald

  • Nepal Premiere

    JUST,GO

    Pavels Gumennikovs

    SYNOPSIS

    Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST (24), who lost both of his legs in childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door - IEVA (23). The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva in front of JUST. In the blink of an eye just decides to follow the thieves to retrieve Ieva's bag and conquer her heart!

    Director´s biography

    Pavel’smovie-directing career started in China, where he won Sony and China Normal University Film festival, with his first film – Kaleidoscope. After that followed work as 1st and after directing my own films, commercials, and music videos. Every work he has done was to gain more and more experience to have opportunity in the future to work on large films and TV Shows. As he love to tell stories that connect with audience around the world

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :: Aleksandrs Ronis, Jana Herbsta, Toms Veličko, Sergejs Fjodorovs

    Director of photography :Martins Jansons

    Screen Writer:Laura Lapina

    Producer :Pavel Gumennikov

    Produced by:Gumennikov films

    Written and Directed by :Pavels Gumennikovs

  • Nepal Premiere

    LOOP

    Matija Gluscevic

    SYNOPSIS

    Some time ago, Mima had a car accident and a man died. She has almost managed to forget about it when someone starts sending her birthday cards perfumed with a man’s fragrance. Becoming obsessed with these cards, she can’t help but remember her trauma.

    Director´s biography

    Matija Gluscevic (Serbia, 1995) studies film directing at Faculty of dramatic arts, Belgrade. His short documentary Utopia (2016) has been selected for the 64th Martovski - Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival and Pula Film Festival, among others. His short film Loop (2017) had its world premiere at Locarno Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Jovana Gavrilovic, Strahinja Blazic, Marko Janketic, Tatjana Vencelovski, Radoje Cupic, Radmila Tomovic,Natasa Balog,Maja Jovanovic

    Director of photography :Aleksa Radunovic

    Editor:Natalija Shatzka

    Sound Editor:Jana Vukovic

    Produced and Directed by :Matija Gluscevic

  • Nepal Premiere

    MA (How long can someone LIVE in other's skin)

    Gokul Kunwar

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 8”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In the way of voyage of self-discovery. He begins to realize that in reality he is girl trapped in a man's body and that his real true self should start living as a proper girl .Being love by the belongings isn't same as love by other an unfulfilled desire that can take him to take bold decision. The conservative society never gave him to transparent himself. He wants to dissolve as his selfhood beautiful girl inspired him. Ultimately, he determined to live his new life to the full, will boldly attempt amidst prejudice, Discrimination, social dictation and of course, public outcry, to fight for the right to be different

    Director´s biography

    After attending 12 class final exams, He went to Indian film city Mumbai. He used to survive there by doing TCR (Time Call Recording) Assistant. After a month I got an opportunity as Custom AD, continuity AD, Clue AD. According to my performance associate director of Savdhan India gave me chance as chief AD. I have done my best there. I got chance to know about film direction. I feel very suit for me. I have done my best there. Then I decide to be a film maker in future so I used to work very seriously. I worked there as assistant director of different TV serials, IS PYAAR KA KYA NAAM DU, MERE ANGENE MEIN, CODE RED, YEH RISTHA KYA KEHELATA HAI,CID and many other for 18 months. Then I return back to my homeland Nepal. I joined ONION FILMS 7 day workshop. During this training my story (based on real incident) selected and ANUGRAHA is borned. After that i had worked as Chief AD in Nepali feature movie 'BABY I LOVE YOU, SPARK.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Bibek Acharya, Susmita Thapa

    Director of photography :Nisal Poudel

    Script:Sajan Kafle

    Music:Kishor Acharya/Apee Kunwar

    Produced by: Apee Entertainment, Kamero Screen

    Art Direction :Bipin Kunwar

    Directed by : Gokul Kunwar

  • Nepal Premiere

    MAH BHOLI JANMANEY CHHU

    Diwash Amgain

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME :15’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In 1975, a newly migrated teacher finds a piece of papers with something written on, then he goes on exploring the story. This story is about the relation conflict and the ways people used to pass the time with minimal story and minimal romance

    Director´s biography

    I am currently studying at Oscar International College in specialization of Direction and scriptwriting. This is my first project as continuity project. Before this I had directed documentary with INGO named ‘Youth Initiative’ and was selected in Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2016.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Manish Khatiwada, Uma baniya, love silwal

    Director of photography :Babin Dulal

    Editor:Sandeep Shrestha

    Written and Directed by :Diwash Amgain

  • Nepal Premiere

    MARTIN CRIES

    JONATHAN VINEL

    SYNOPSIS

    Born in 1988, Jonathan studied in the editing department of La Fémis. He directed several shorts, alone or with collaborator Caroline Poggi. Their short film "As long as shotguns remain" was awarded with the 2014 Golden Bear of the Berlinale Shorts. They are currently preparing their first feature film called Jessica Forever.

    Director´s biography

    Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. The friends that should be there are gone. So you look. You look everywhere. Every hiding place, each inch of the city, all the marshes, all the rivers. You look, but cannot find them.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Paul Hamy, Clémence Diard, Sarah-Megan Allouch

    Producers :AKA Productions

    Written and Directed by :Jonathan Vinel

  • Nepal Premiere

    NIGHT SHIFT

    Marshall Tyler

    SYNOPSIS

    A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in an Los Angeles nightclub.

    Director´s biography

    MARSHALL TYLER is a Los Angeles based filmmaker whose documentary work on global/social issues has taken him around the world. His first doc, Skid Row followed Pras Michel (from Fugees' fame) disguised as a homeless man as he lived on the streets of LA's skid row for nine straight days. The film offers a first-hand account of what the homeless experience, and provides insight into the gaping disparity between rich and poor in one of America's most glamorous cities. That collaboration led to, Paper Dreams: A Tale of Two Piracies where he and Pras traveled to the outer regions of the war-torn Somali nation to personally explore up close the ransom-based piracy issue that had entrenched a small portion of the Somali population. Transitioning into narratives, Marshall is in development on several projects, one of which is based on a popular novel by legendary author, Iceberg Slim. Marshall’s latest project, is a short film he wrote, produced and directed called Night Shift starring Tunde Adebimpe (TV on The Radio) and executive produced by Juvee Productions.Before striking out on his own, Marshall worked as an assistant and videographer to his mentor, legendary filmmaker, Michael Mann (Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice, Public Enemies).

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Tunde Adebimpe, China Shavers

    Director of Photography :Eric Branco

    Editor:Sam Restivo

    Producers :Moira Griffin

    Costume Designer :Sami Martin Sarmiento

    Written, Produced and Directed by :Marshall Tyler

  • Nepal Premiere

    NO ‘I

    Aline Magrez

    • COUNTRY : Belgium/Vietnam
    • LANGUAGE : none
    • RUNNING TIME : 21’53”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    Joined cables. Pictures, faces and altars. Then machines and gestures. An emotional description of a place that links all its elements together.

    Director´s biography

    Aline magrez was born in Brussels in 1990. After having explored the world of video installation at the ERG school and having studied philosophy at the ULB, Aline has entered the INSAS in 2012 to follow her training in movie directing.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Raimon Gaffier

    Editor:Bertrand Conard

    Screenplay and Direction :Aline magrez

  • Nepal Premiere

    OLGA

    Maxime Bruneel

    • COUNTRY : France
    • LANGUAGE : French
    • RUNNING TIME : 19”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    Kicked out roughly by her boyfriend, Olga, exhausted, takes shelter in the gritty flat of her son and his girlfriend. She finds herself trapped in her own torpor, infected by the intimacy of the young couple.

    Director´s biography

    Born on June 6th 1985, in Lyon (France) Biography : Maxime Bruneel grew up in La Rochelle then studied graphic arts and art direction at Penninghen in Paris and motion design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He directed some animations for music videos, and he now directs live action short films.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Anne Loiret, Johan Libereau, Anaïs Thomas de Souza

    Director of Photography :Luis Armando Arteaga

    Editor:Miguel Schverdfinger

    Produced By :Eddy and Goldmund Films

    Written and Directed By :Maxime Bruneel

  • Nepal Premiere

    ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONVICT

    Nischal poudyal

    SYNOPSIS

    Set during the uprising of 1990 people's revolt of democracy, this short film tries to show a one day event on the lives of three people, one convict and idealist politician and a grief - stricken housewife.

    Director´s biography

    Nischal Poudyal is a Kathmandu based filmmaker. His first feature length film was Riingata. The film was selected in numerous film festivals around the world and was awarded in some. It won the Best International film at the Tryon International Film Festival in 2015, Similarly, Best Country Award at the CreActive International Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016. In 2016, He won the New Horizon Award at the Lake Champlain International Film Festival, New York for his feature film Lama La. The film was also screened at Dutch Mountain Film Festival in February of 2017. In the spring of 2017, he made a short documentary called Last Nomads of Everest which will have its European premiere at the 35th Torello Mountain Film Festival, Barcelona on November 2017. It will also be screened at West Nordic International Film Festival, Norway.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Keki Adhikari, Suraj Chiluwal, Roy Div Shrestha

    Director of Photography :Nischal poudyal

    Produced By :Hari bahadur Sunuwar, Nirjal poudyal, Tsering dorje sherpa

    Written, Edited and Directed By :Nischal poudyal

  • Nepal Premiere

    SCREAMER

    Amir Masoud Soheli

    • COUNTRY : Iran
    • LANGUAGE : Iranian
    • RUNNING TIME : 22’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017

    SYNOPSIS

    A man who cannot do anything but “Screaming” loose his voice

    Director´s biography

    Amir masoud soheli is an internationally awarded short filmmaker who has participated to hundreds of festivals around the world.he has been one of the seven most honored Iranian short filmmakers in 2015. masoud soheli studied cinema in Indonesia and south korea.he has been working as an assistant director. His second short film “Blue eyed Boy”(2014) officially selected in more than 140 international festivals and won 20 international awards. His last film “Heaven of Children” selected in more than 40 international film festivals has everyday has won 2 international awards. he was member of the juries of the 10th yoga netpac Asian film festival (2015),Viddse juree awards competition (2016), avanca international film festivals in Portugal (2016) He was also worked as a director of inaugural “safe community” international film festival in Mashhad, Iran and the first Asian peace film festival in Islamabad, Pakistan

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Ali Bokain, Seyed Abbas Hosseini, Reza Nmadar, Mahoobe Soltani

    Director of Photography :mojtaba sadrmanes

    Producer:Amir masoud soheli

    Produced By : Simiya Film

    Editor : Amir masoud soheli

    Written and Directed By :Nischal poudyal

  • Nepal Premiere

    SONALI

    Jorge Cadena,Et Lucia Martinez

    SYNOPSIS

    Sonali, a Hijra, leaves the neighbourhood of Versova in Mumbai and finds herself in the club where every night she performs her show under desiring gazes.

    Director´s biography

    Lucía Martínez Valdivia (Reed 2014-, PhD University of Pennsylvania 2014, MA Columbia University 2007, BMus Florida State University 2005) is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. She works primarily in early modern English poetry and non-dramatic prose, with a focus on Reformation politics and poetics. Lucía's first book project is titled Mere Meter: Early Modern Metrical Psalms and the Sound of English Poetry, and argues that metrical psalms produced in the sixteenth century — namely those found in early modern England's bestselling book, the Sternhold and Hopkins psalter — were central to the development of the idea and sound of post-medieval English "poetry." Her other current (and ongoing) interests include the lyric poetry of Sidney and Donne, music in Milton, family dynamics in Shakespeare, Spenser's shorter works and letters, and cognitive poetics. Lucía teaches various poetry-focused courses in the English department, including Introduction to Poetry and Poetics and a new upper-level class for 2017-18 on John Donne.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Sonali Qureshi, Ramesh Sha,Babu Jha, Arun Jha,Munna Yadav

    Production : Master cinéma HES-SOECAL / HEAD

    Screenplay/Editing/sound/Direction :Jorge Cadena, Lucia Martinez

  • Nepal Premiere

    STREET OF DEATH

    Karam Ghossein

    • COUNTRY : Lebanon / Germany
    • LANGUAGE : Arabic
    • RUNNING TIME : 22”13”

    SYNOPSIS

    On the outskirts of the city, right by the water, lies an arterial road that leads to Beirut’s international airport. Most of the houses standing there are illegal constructions, quickly erected for a life alongside the road. Karam Ghossein, combines pictures of the neighborhood with street impressions from the present day. Past events can’t be told apart from the observations of today: a kaleidoscope of stories that take place on this highway. From the sea, to the sky and back. Thoughts on the death of friends, and not so good friends. Exceedingly concrete by contrast, are the shots and screams in the night, the ambulances. Rituals of masculinity, Fights for power and reputation that have stood the test of time, Pink wedding dresses, illegitimate children. Stories merge to become a new life.

    Director´s biography

    Born in Nabatiye, South Lebanon in 1988, he lives in Beirut. He studied film and television at the Lebanese University. Since 2006 he has worked on numerous experimental, documentary and fiction short films as well as on TV productions, including as cinematographer on Al Marhala Al Rabiaa (The Fourth Stage) which screened in the 2016 Forum Expanded. His work has been shown at venues including MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Street of Death is his debut film as a director.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Mounzer Baalbaki (Narrator )

    Director of Photography :Karam Ghossein

    Music:Vartan Avakian

    Produced By:Friendly Fire Films (DE) & Lamha Productions (LB)

    Producer : Karam Ghossein / Emily-Dische Becker

    Editor : Vartan Avakian

    Written and Directed By :Karam Ghossein

  • Nepal Premiere

    TAKE MY HAND

    Alexandre Lefebvre

    SYNOPSIS

    Documentary exploring visual impairment through the daily life of Chloe (11 years old), Alex (17 years old) and Salma (21 years old), all with partial or complete blindness. An intimate journey centered on the existential questioning of their place in this world.

    Director´s biography

    Alexandre Lefebvre is originally from Montreal. Bachelor in Cinema at the University of Quebec in Montreal, he signed the production of Comme tu veux, a short fiction and Prends ma main a documentary marking the end of his university career.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Chloé Pelland-Lambert,Alex Bourguignon Casavant,Salma Bella Moudrika

    Director of Photography :Emile Desroches-Larouche

    Produced By:Léonie Hurtubise

    Editor : Samuel Caron

    Directed By :Léonie Hurtubise

  • Nepal Premiere

    THE CAMERA MAN

    Connor Gaston

    SYNOPSIS

    Francis must reconcile his relationship with his abusive father who suffers from Huntington's disease. Francis' younger brother, Ed--the cameraman--records their dysfunctional lives with his Super 8 camera.

    Director´s biography

    Connor Gaston is an award-winning filmmaker from to Victoria, BC. His work has screened at film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival. Gaston recently completed his first feature film, THE DEVOUT, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival—one of Asia’s premiere film festivals. THE DEVOUT earned him 5 Leo Awards, including Best Picture, and took home the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2015. Gaston is working on his second feature film through The Harold Greenburg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program. He is a current resident at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and was recently selected as one of 10 Canadian directors for the 2017 TIFF Talent Lab.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Octavian kaul, Nolan Hupp, Mur Meadows, celine stubel

    Director of Photography :Daniel Carruthers

    Producer:Connor Gaston,Arnold Lim

    Produced By:Clownbog Studios

    Editor : Detritus Kozme

    Written and Directed By :Connor Gaston

  • Nepal Premiere

    AMBULANCE

    Sebastian Torngren Wartin

    • COUNTRY : Norway
    • LANGUAGE : Norwegian
    • RUNNING TIME :15’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION :2016

    SYNOPSIS

    Two Norwegian female ambulance paramedics get caught up in a conflict with a group of Romanian immigrants, after being called out to an address where it turns out nobody lives. Sanne, one of the paramedics has to make a difficult choice to solve the situation. The choice she makes has fatal consequences for everyone involved. She has to live with that choice for the rest of her life.

    Director´s biography

    Sebastian Torngren Wartin is a Swedish writer-director, based in both Oslo and Stockholm. He graduated from The National Film School of Norway in 2010, and has since worked with drama and TV-ads. Among other, he is the writer of original screenplays for Norwegian features such as Harajuku and One Night In Oslo – and is currently developing several projects with support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : MaThiaThias Salbergs Salbergria Bock, Ingrid Olava, Anders T. Andersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vlad Stroian, Marian Hriban, Asle Rosseland, Elena Hriban, Jo Adrian Haavind, Sajid Malik, Rosa Barbara Josef, Marcel Baranga, AThias Salbergleena Ferdinanda Betti, Thias Salberg

    Director of Photography :Karl Erik Brøndbo

    Producer:Lizette Jonjic, Moa Liljedahl

    Editor : Trude Lirhus

    Written and Directed By :Sebastian Torngren Wartin

  • Nepal Premiere

    ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONVICT

    Nischal poudyal

    SYNOPSIS

    Set during the uprising of 1990 people's revolt of democracy, this short film tries to show a one day event on the lives of three people, one convict and idealist politician and a grief - stricken housewife.

    Director´s biography

    Nischal Poudyal is a Kathmandu based filmmaker. His first feature length film was Riingata. The film was selected in numerous film festivals around the world and was awarded in some. It won the Best International film at the Tryon International Film Festival in 2015, Similarly, Best Country Award at the CreActive International Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016. In 2016, He won the New Horizon Award at the Lake Champlain International Film Festival, New York for his feature film Lama La. The film was also screened at Dutch Mountain Film Festival in February of 2017. In the spring of 2017, he made a short documentary called Last Nomads of Everest which will have its European premiere at the 35th Torello Mountain Film Festival, Barcelona on November 2017. It will also be screened at West Nordic International Film Festival, Norway.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Keki Adhikari, Suraj Chiluwal, Roy Div Shrestha

    Director of Photography :Nischal poudyal

    Produced By:Hari bahadur Sunuwar, Nirjal poudyal, Tsering dorje sherpa

    Written/Edited/ Directed by :Nischal Poudyal

  • Nepal Premiere

    RUWA

    Sujata Gurung

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’45”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    "RUWA" is the story of a woman who aspires to become a mother. But what seems like a normal aspiration for many women is a dream full of challenges for her."

    Director´s biography

    SUJATA GURUNG, born on 6th August 1993, hails from Kathmandu, Nepal, is a creative and passionate individual who considers visual storytelling as the most effective method to invoke emotions and to change people's perceptions. Through the short movie "RUWA" she has begun her journey as a visual storyteller by converting her own short Story into a short movie and directing it where she has become successful to show the hidden side of the society and to tell the story of unheard voices. Currently, she is affiliated with the youth -led organization "YUWA" and believes in the power of youth for positive social change. Being a youth, she wants to work on social issues to bring out positive change through visual story telling method.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Eurika, Aabha Sharma, Aarju Basnet, Parikxit Bikram Rana

    Director of Photography :Anushruti Adhikari

    Editor :Aarju Basnet

    Script Writer :Nikeeta Gautam

    Story and Direction :Sujata Gurung

  • Nepal Premiere

    JUST,GO

    Pavels Gumennikovs

    SYNOPSIS

    Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST (24), who lost both of his legs in childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door - IEVA (23). The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva in front of JUST. In the blink of an eye just decides to follow the thieves to retrieve Ieva's bag and conquer her heart!

    Director´s biography

    Pavel’smovie-directing career started in China, where he won Sony and China Normal University Film festival, with his first film – Kaleidoscope. After that followed work as 1st and after directing my own films, commercials, and music videos. Every work he has done was to gain more and more experience to have opportunity in the future to work on large films and TV Shows. As he love to tell stories that connect with audience around the world

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Aleksandrs Ronis, Jana Herbsta, Toms Veličko, Sergejs Fjodorovs

    Director of Photography :Martins Jansons

    Producer :Pavel Gumennikov

    Produced By:Gumennikov films

    Screen Writer :Laura Lapina

    Written and Directed by :Pavels Gumennikovs

  • Nepal Premiere

    SKATE NEPAL

    Bibbi Abruzzini

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : English/Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 12”14”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In Nepal, 40% of women are married by the age of 18. Girls and young women are often confined to certain roles according to society's expectation. Now, a group of young skateboarders is pushing the boundaries for women in Nepal while a female collective from New Zealand is making the sport more accessible and less intimidating. This documentary explores issues of identity, gender equality and what it means to be a woman skateboarder in South Asia.

    Director´s biography

    Bibbi Abruzzini is an advocate for the solutions journalism movement, interested in covering far-from- the spotlight, grassroots communities. Her video and photo reportages include ethnographic elements with the objective of breaking the hierarchy between filmmakers and 'subjects' in order to provide genuine and spontaneous narratives. Over the years she has covered a variety of subjects from over 15 countries, including alternative livelihoods in Colombia, the humanitarian crisis along the US-Mexico border, homelessness across the globe, and sexual trafficking in Nepal. Her work has appeared in international media and has won several awards.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Rezina Maharjan ,Archana Magar,Thombay,Maiya Maharjan,Cayley Alger,Caitlin Jean Hodgen,Ujwol Dangol,Duncan Philp, Zyanya Jackson

    Director of Photography :Sanjog Manandhar

    Music :Drake Stafford ,Roger Plexico

    Written and Directed by :Bibbi Abruzzini

  • Nepal Premiere

    THE COLORS OF LIFE

    Sarah Tamang

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 3’15”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Everyday she is molested by a visitor but her parents are too busy looking after her brother. There's no one to answer her questions when she experiences the first menstruation. One day she falls in love with a boy and he sexually exploits her. When she makes distance with him, he attacks her with acid. Parents do not understand her situation. All these predicaments lift her towards suicide but she makes a wise decision, she faces the world.

    Director´s biography

    Director Sarah was born on 22nd July, 1992. She is also a law graduate from Nepal Law Campus. Film making was always her top priority since her school days. She has directed several “One Act Plays” and has even worked as an actor in a few film projects. She began her career as a director from a documentary called “Let’s go to school”, based on children affected from earthquake. Then she tried her hands on short films. In the beginning she made a short film called “IT’S US” with her director partner, Dikesh Khadgi Shahi. “IT’S US” was officially selected and screened at Acharya Tulsi Short Film Festival 2017.
    And again, she attempted to make another short film called “Ma Hasna Khojchu”. “Colors of Life” became her third direction. Her short story “Happy Birthday” is turned into a short film. It is in the post production.
    A seventh batch graduate from Actors’ Studio, she learnt acting skills and widened her horizon in film making. With encouragement from friends and family, she started to sharp her writing skills, she writes poems, short stories and scripts. She is a part time worker at Ace Studios.
    She worked as a film introducer and rapporteur in the year 2011 and 2012 at Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIF). Also, she served as a moderator in EKADESHMA International Short Film Festival for three consecutive years. Passionate about the films, working in those two film festivals was a natural fit.
    A huge fan of Tom Hanks, she loves reading novels, crazy about hiking and trekking and proudly calls herself a movie enthusiast.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Mamta Shahi, Jinesh Shahi ,Isis Shahi,Dikesh Khadgi Shahi

    Director of Photography :Dikesh Khadgi Shahi ,Kishore Thapalya ,Sarah Tamang

    Editor / Sound :Dikesh Khadgi Shahi

    Written and Directed by :Sarah Tamang

  • Nepal Premiere

    MAH BHOLI JANMANEY CHHU

    Diwash Amgain

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In 1975, a newly migrated teacher finds a piece of papers with something written on, then he goes on exploring the story. This story is about the relation conflict and the ways people used to pass the time with minimal story and minimal romance

    Director´s biography

    I am currently studying at Oscar International College in specialization of Direction and scriptwriting. This is my first project as continuity project. Before this I had directed documentary with INGO named ‘Youth Initiative’ and was selected in Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2016.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Manish Khatiwada, Uma baniya, love silwal

    Director of Photography :Babin Dulal

    Editor :Sandeep Shrestha

    Written & Directed by :Diwash Amgain

  • Nepal Premiere

    ROYERA HOINA HASERA

    Sujata Dhungana

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’32”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    There was a decade long armed conflict in Nepal from 2052 to 2063 Mangsir 5. It’s been 11 years now after the conflict has ended but there are around 1400 families who are still waiting and hoping that their family members who were disappeared during the conflict period will come back again. We have tried to portray the experience of women’s struggle when stepping out of her house to find the lost husband and her fight during the road to justice.

    Director´s biography

    When she was in Grade 10. She had read about some of our brave Nepali conqueror, Prithivi Narayan Shah, Bir BalaBhadra Kunwar, Bhim Shen Thapa, etc. She realized she had never read about women history makers. During the Maoist insurgency, my school was shut down for several time and again. She was unaware of the political revolution of her country going through. Currently, doing my Master’s in Gender Studies. She had a Nepali history class where she read about the armed conflict in Nepal. There too, she did not find any mentioning of women leaders who had contributed during the war. She began thinking about the family members of the disappeared person. Since the last 5 month she have been talking to the 50 family members who are still in hope of their beloved ones returning back to them. She wanted to make this documentary to let the world know how courageous women can be.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Babin Dulal

    Producer :Onions Films

    Production Manager:Lakchana Lamichane

    Written & Directed by :Sujata Dhungana

  • Nepal Premiere

    MA (How long can someone LIVE in other's skin)

    Gokul Kunwar

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 8’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In the way of voyage of self-discovery. He begins to realize that in reality he is girl trapped in a man's body and that his real true self should start living as a proper girl .Being love by the belongings isn't same as love by other an unfulfilled desire that can take him to take bold decision. The conservative society never gave him to transparent himself. He wants to dissolve as his selfhood beautiful girl inspired him. Ultimately, he determined to live his new life to the full, will boldly attempt amidst prejudice, Discrimination, social dictation and of course, public outcry, to fight for the right to be different.

    Director´s biography

    After attending 12 class final exams, He went to Indian film city Mumbai. He used to survive there by doing TCR (Time Call Recording) Assistant. After a month I got an opportunity as Custom AD, continuity AD, Clue AD. According to my performance associate director of Savdhan India gave me chance as chief AD. I have done my best there. I got chance to know about film direction. I feel very suit for me. I have done my best there. Then I decide to be a film maker in future so I used to work very seriously. I worked there as assistant director of different TV serials, IS PYAAR KA KYA NAAM DU, MERE ANGENE MEIN, CODE RED, YEH RISTHA KYA KEHELATA HAI,CID and many other for 18 months. Then I return back to my homeland Nepal. I joined ONION FILMS 7 day workshop. During this training my story (based on real incident) selected and ANUGRAHA is borned. After that i had worked as Chief AD in Nepali feature movie 'BABY I LOVE YOU, SPARK.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Bibek Acharya, Susmita Thapa

    Director of Photography :Nisal Poudel

    Script :Sajan Kafle

    Produced by:Apee Entertainment, Kamero Screen

    Music :Kishor Acharya/Apee Kunwar

    Art Direction :Bipin Kunwar

    Directed by :Gokul Kunwar

  • Nepal Premiere

    MERYEM

    Reber Dosky

    SYNOPSIS

    Filmed during the battle of Kobanî, MERYEM reveals the women at the heart of the fight against ISIS. With stoic perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, it is they who are leading the fight for freedom.

    Director´s biography

    Reber Dosky is a Kurdish/Dutch Film-maker, who finished his study in directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. Reber shows in his short films stories of human relationships and puts them in a broader social context.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Director of Photography :Reber Dosky

    Producer :Jos de Putter

    Sound :Taco Drijfhout, Huibert Boon

    Editor :Rémi van der Heiden

    Written and Directed by :Reber Dosky

  • Nepal Premiere

    KOKH

    Subarna Thapa

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 10’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Unmarried prostitute is suffering from extreme dilemma when she gets redundant pregnancy whether to conceive a baby or not. She fights with her thoughts.

    Director´s biography

    Nepalese filmmaker Subarna Thapa was born in 1973 in Kathmandu and has lived in France since 1999. A graduate in dramatic arts from the Cours Florent, Paris, he has played many roles in both France and Nepal, honing his craft at the Comédie Française, and also with the Japan Foundation in Tokyo and the Asia Society in New York. His first short film, Funeral – 2008, screened in different int'l short film festivals and awarded, was broadcast on France 3 in November 2009.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Sandesh Aryal, Deeya Maskey, Namrata Sapkota, Rajan Bhujel , Mahesh Shrestha, Amit Aryal

    Director of Photography :Sandesh Aryal

    Producer :Miraj Roshan

    Sound Designer:Dikesh khadki Shahi

    Art Director :Kishor Nepal

    Written and Directed by :Subarna Thapa

  • Nepal Premiere

    SHIKHAMAIN BATTIKO

    SAHARA SHARMA

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    Shikha Mainbattikato is a film rendition of the Bhupi Sherchan poem- Mainbattiko Shikha. In the poem, Sherchan has an almost romantic representation of various biological and social stages in a woman's life comparing her to a "शुभ्र, शान्त, स्निग्ध, शिखा मैनबत्तीको. (Loosely translated as Radiant, Peaceful, and Glossy- a Candle’s Wick) " The poet (a man) writes about the most intimate times of a woman - her first periods, childbirth and her widowed stage, and he does this from a distance, making assumptions using words- like "मानौं," "झैं". This short film is based on the same poem but is made by women and inevitably the imagery comes out a little different. It's not as pleasant as the poem but a lot closer to reality.

    Director´s biography

    Sahara Sharma’s first feature length TV film, Chasing Rainbows opened the 2013 Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) and also bagged the Jury Award for Best film in “Nepal Panorama” category. The film also won the Judges Award at the Toronto Nepali film festival 2014. Before venturing full time into film making, Sharma worked as correspondent in the National English Daily ‘Republica’ published from Kathmandu whilst making short films in her spare time. National Critics have praised for her story telling, characterization, and her style of directing fresh actors with improvised dialogs.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Anshu Neupane ,Parbina Dahit, Deeya Maskey

    Sound :Dikesh Khadgi Shahi

    Directed by :Sahara Sharma

  • Nepal Premiere

    GYALMU’S HOUSE

    Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’27”
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In 2015 an earthquake of terrible power devastated the Langtang Valley in Nepal, taking hundreds of lives from the small community. A year later Nima Gyalmu, a woman of extraordinary strength, dignity and humour, rebuilds her house in this remote and shattered place while trying to come to terms with her new world.

    Director´s biography

    Asmita Shrish

    Asmita is a Nepali filmmaker working in fiction and documentary. Her short documentary Auntie Ganga a portrait of an elderly Gurkha couple living in Britain has played around the world including in Britain and Nepal. Asmita was commissioned to make a follow-up project following retired Ghurka soldiers in Britain. As a fiction filmmaker she co-directed Chandra, the moving story of the journey of a boy and his grandfather through a devastated Kathmandu. The film was funded by Busan International Film Festival's Asian Masters and Newcomers Project, and has already been selected for a number of festivals.

    Gavin Carver

    Gavin has worked for a couple of decades in the visual and performing arts as both practitioner and lecturer. Originally a lighting designer for theatre and film his interests have developed to encompass a range of practices. He has designed and directed site specific events, live performances integrating mixed media and virtual reality, and large scale community celebrations. For the past few years Gavin has concentrated on filmmaking, specialising in stories of landscape and culture. Before Gyalmu’s House his film Andante follows a musician as she hikes with her cello to play on a remote summit in Oregon, USA.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Nima Gyalmu Lama

    Director of Photography :Gavin Carver

    Producer :Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

    Produced By:Dhaulagiri Films/Reel Planet

    Music :Ganga Thapa

    Written and Directed by :Asmita Shrish/ Gavin Carver

  • Nepal Premiere

    GEMINI

    Nabin Bhatt,Aabha Nepal

    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’4’’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    This film represents the inner desire of a man who is born in the wrong body with woman soul. The film shows inner conflict between his own soul and heart. However, the curiosity leads towards the suffocation and suppression towards the society.

    Director´s biography

    Nabin Bhatt is an independent filmmaker who aims to uncover a variety of different stories in our community. He works as a scriptwriter, editor and director in short films and documentaries. He has completed his engineering from institute of engineering. He is currently working in feature as an assistant director. He considers film as his greatest passion. Aabha Sharma Nepal: Aabha is a theater artist who aims to work in different forms of filmmaking. She has completed her master's degree in gender studies. She is currently working as a social activist and filmmaker.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Bijay Adhikari,Sandhya Baral,Chavvi Lal Tamang,Sandeep Shrestha,Karuna,Bunu

    Director of Photography :Rajan Lama

    Producer :Ram Sharma Bhetuwal

    Produced By:Ram Sharma Bhetuwal

    Editor :Nabin Bhatt

    Art Director :Sandeep Shrestha

    Directed by :Nabin Bhatt & Aabha Nepal

  • Nepal Premiere

    TEHZEEB

    Myriam Raja

    SYNOPSIS

    Tehzeeb’s fate is sealed through an arranged marriage at the request of her father. Slowly, she finds herself suffocating as she struggles to adapt to her new husband’s Western lifestyle in England, all the while tempted by the prospect of wanting to break free from this alliance.

    Director´s biography

    Myriam’s films have screened at numerous festivals across the world, including London Short Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Omladinski Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. Since graduating from Bournemouth, Myriam has gone on to receive funding from Creative England to make her next short. She is currently studying at the National Film & Television School with a scholarship from Channel 4.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Hiftu Quasem, Javed Khan, Haqi Ali

    Director of Photography :Sam Taylor

    Producer :Eloise Rudd

    Editor :Lewis Bullock

    Written and Directed by :Myriam Raja

  • Nepal Premiere

    YOU ARE SEEING THINGS

    Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

    • COUNTRY : BRAZIL
    • LANGUAGE : PORTUGUESE
    • RUNNING TIME : 18’
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast of Brazil.

    Director´s biography

    Trained as a journalist and photographer Brazilian artist Bárbara Wagner understands how media is implicated in manipulating perceptions, often creating historical myths and stereotypes. Since 2005, she has independently produced photographic series and publications on the representation of tradition, both in in Brazil and abroad. The German born, Irish artist Benjamin de Búrca has a practice in the arts since 2000 where painting, photography and video are equally important in his work. Working in collaboration since 2011, they are interested in the space documentary and art both shares. Their more recent investigations concentrate on collective practices and traditional rituals specifically manifested in the body of youths living in the peripheries of Brazil’s Northeast which lose their connotations of symbolic resistance to become products of tourism and entertainment industry. Wagner and de Burca participated in the 33rd Panorama de Arte Brasileira (São Paulo), 36th EVA International (Limerick), 32nd São Paulo Biennial and 5th Skulptur Projekte Münster. They live and work in Recife, Brazil.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : MC Porck and Dayana Paixão , Leydson Dedesso, Alan Ka, Jurema Fox, Neguin do Charme, DJ Jadson, Italo Monteiro Singleds Cass, MC Meta Safadão, Dany Bala, Allany Carvalho, Joás Junior, Lucas Santos, Fernando Pato, Victor Ronã

    Director of photography :Pedro Sotero

    Producer : Carol Vergolino e Daiana Dultra (Alumia)

    Editor : Rodrigo Carneiro

    Written and Directed by : Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de burca

  • Nepal Premiere

    JAALGEDI

    Rajesh Prasad KHATRI

    SYNOPSIS

    Jalgedi takes her family's animals, to pastures outside her remote village. However, the arrival of a white tourist sends shockwaves among the children of the village. The inquisitive little girl gets distracted from her responsibilities of a while - following the strange white man around the village - only to find a catastrophe has befallen because of her innocent curiosities.

    Director´s biography

    Rajesh Prasad Khatri is a graduate of Literature and currently a primary school teacher in remote western mountains of Nepal. He has been active has a theatre actor and director since last 10 years. He has also worked as a production manager in a number of films, including The Black Hen (2015). Jalgedi is his debut short film, which was premiered at 22nd Busan International Film Festival.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Producers : Min Bahadur Bham, Catherin Dussart, Suman Nidhi Sharma, Nigam Bhandari, Rajesh Prasad Khatri

    Production Company : Shooney Films, CDP, France, Cryptid Films

    Director of Photography : Shishir Bishankhe

    Sound : Shahla Rashidi , Khaled Drodgar

    Editor : Kiran Shrestha

    Story/Screenplay/Direction : Rajesh Prasad Khatri

  • Nepal Premiere

    8 MINUTES

    Giorgi Gogichaishvili,Davit Abramishvili

    • COUNTRY : Georgia
    • LANGUAGE : Georgian
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’40
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2017
    • Trailer link :

    SYNOPSIS

    After apocalyptic information leaks about the sun going out, meaning the earth will get dark in eight minutes, forever, chaos covers the whole world except for Gia - a single man under sixty with a boring, poor life. In this crazy moment he calls his son to ask how is he handling this situation, despite having a rare and cold relationship with him for a long while. But during the phone call Gia finds his son is in north pole for an expedition with his fiancée, and not aware of the coming total black out. Father hesitates to tell his son how the world is about to end and hangs up the phone. But he can’t just sit and do nothing about it. After a moment he gets hit by an idea. Obsessed with clearly something more than just a call to his son again to inform him about the real apocalypse.

    Director´s biography

    Giorgi Gogichaishvili:Born in Tbilisi, March 13, 1984Giorgi Gogichaishvili Studied at Shota Rustaveli University of Film and Theatre, Faculty of Film.He isCurrently working on a full length movie “Inga”, for which Georgian National Center of Cinematography has awarded funding.
    Davit Abramishvili:Born in Tbilisi, June 28, 1985Davit Abramishvili Studied at Grigol Robakidze University and he is working as Multimedia project director at “UN Women”

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast : Slava Natenadze,Ani Bebia,Giorgi Sharvashidze

    Director of photography :Aleksandre Darakhvelidze

    Producer : Magda Datuashvili

    Writers : Zaza Koshkadze,Mari Beqauri

    Directors : Giorgi Gogichaishvili,Davit Abramishvili

  • Nepal Premiere

    TIME CODE

    Juanjo Giménez Peña

    SYNOPSIS

    Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

    Director´s biography

    Juanjo Giménez was born and lives in Barcelona. He has directed a few shorts, including "Rodilla" (2009), "Nitbus" (2007), "Maximum Penalty" (2005) and "Indirect Free Kick" (1997), all of them awarded at national and international festivals. His last short, ‘Timecode’, won the Cannes Palme d’Or and is nominated for next Oscar Academy Awards and European Film Awards.He’s the director of the feature films “Tilt" (2003), awarded in Rome, Las Palmas and Ourense, "Dodge and Hit" (2010), co-directed with Adan Aliaga, best documentary in Alcances Film Festival Cadiz and Courmayeur Noir, and "Contact Proof" (2014), also premiered in Alcances.

    CAST AND CREDITS

    Cast :Lali Ayguadé, Nicolas Ricchini, Vicente Gil, Pep Domenech

    Director of photography :Pere Pueyo

    Producer : Juanjo Giménez Peña, Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz

    Screenplay : Pere Altimira, Juanjo Giménez Peña

    Produced By: Nadir Films in collaboration with ECIR

    Editor : Silvia Cervantes

    Art Director :Daniel G. Blanco

    Directed By : Juanjo Giménez Peña

Screening Schedule

OPENING CEREMONY ( ONLY FOR INVITEES ) THURSDAY , 16 NOVEMBER, 6:00 PM

    • 10 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT , Slot 1
    • The colors of Life, Nepal, Sarah Tamang, 3’15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT , Slot 1
    • Loop, Serbia, Matija Gluscevic, 19’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT , Slot 1
    • Ambulance, Norway, Sebastian Torngren Wartin, 15’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT , Slot 1
    • Screamer, Iran, Amir Masoud Soheli, 22’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:45 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA-1 , Slot 1
    • Theaters of Reality, Nepal, Ishan Bhusal, 7’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:45 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA-1 , Slot 1
    • Cachorro, Spain, Jesus Riviera, 12’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:45 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA-1 , Slot 1
    • Lejla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stijn Bouma, 22’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:45 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA-1 , Slot 1
    • Give up the Ghost, USA, Marian Mathias, 12’48"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:45 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA-1 , Slot 1
    • Sara the Dancer, Germany, Tim Ellrich, 12’45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:40 PM, POWER- FreeSpirit
    • Semele, Cyprus, Myrsini Aristidou, 13’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:40 PM, POWER- FreeSpirit
    • Skate Nepal, Nepal/ Italy, Bibi Abruzzini, 12’15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:40 PM, POWER- FreeSpirit
    • Taste of Love, Austria, Paul Scheufle, 4’30"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:40 PM, POWER- FreeSpirit
    • Wild Skin, Canada, Ariane Louis Seize, 19'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES- 1
    • Lachhaminya, Nepal, Bikas Neupane, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES- 1
    • A Man Returned, UK/Lebanon, Mahdi Fleifel, 30'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES- 1
    • The Silence of the Dogs, South Korea, Hyun-Cheol PARK, 19'34"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES- 1
    • In a Nutshell, Switzerland, Fabio Friedli, 5'48"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 5:15 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT,Slot 2
    • Fever, Japan, Oman, Nepal, Celine Held & Logan George, 9'31"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 5:15 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT,Slot 2
    • Hope Dies Last, UK, Ben Price, 8'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 5:15 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT,Slot 2
    • NO'1, Belgium/Vietnam, Aline Magrez, 21'53"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 5:15 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT,Slot 2
    • Hiwa, Greece, Jacqueline Lentzou, 11'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 5:15 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT,Slot 2
    • Ma Bholi Janmanechu, Nepal, Diwas Amgain, 14'59"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH- Everyday Dignities
    • Nirobey, Bangladesh, DiwasJannatul Ferdous Ivy, 55'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 9:45 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH- Everyday Dignities
    • MRP, Bangladesh, Mahmud Abu Naser, 7'7"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 12:00 PM,POWER- Strength
    • Meryem, Netherlands, Reber Dosky, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 12:00 PM,POWER- Strength
    • I too have a Name, Sri Lanka, Suba Sivakumaran, 12'15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 12:00 PM,POWER- Strength
    • Irgendwer, Germany, Marco Gadge, 14'30"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 12:00 PM,POWER- Strength
    • Royera haina Hasera, Nepal, Sujata Dhungana, 5'32"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 1:35 PM,PANEL DISCUSSION-1
    • MADE IN BANGLADESH

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,FUTURE OF CINEMA Slot2
    • Maila Dai - A man who Rebuilt a Village, Nepal, Rajeela Shrestha, 5'56"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,FUTURE OF CINEMA Slot2
    • The Impasse, India, Mayuri Walke, 19'30"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,FUTURE OF CINEMA Slot2
    • House Girl, UK & Ghana, Koby Adom, 15'51"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,FUTURE OF CINEMA Slot2
    • Blind Audition, Germany, Andreas Kessler, 17'27"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 5:30 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 3
    • Olga, France, Maxime Bruneel, 19'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 5:30 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 3
    • I know You From Somewhere, USA, Andrew Fitzgerald, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 5:30 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 3
    • Street of Death, Lebanon, Karam Ghossein, 22'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 10:00 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT, Slot 4
    • One day in the life of a Convict, Nepal, Nischal Poudyal, 22’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10:00 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT, Slot 4
    • Cold Storage, Finland, Thomas Freundlich, 8'45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10:00 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT, Slot 4
    • Goalie, UK, Toa Stappard, 14'12"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10:00 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT, Slot 4
    • Behind, Spain, Angel Gomez Hernandez, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10:00 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT, Slot 4
    • Martin Cries, France, Jonathan Vinel, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 12:00 PM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • Astitwa ( Existence ), Nepal, Rupesh Ghimire, 7'30"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 12:00 PM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • Two Youths Died, Italy, Tommaso Usberti, 27'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 12:00 PM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • Afternoon Clouds, India, Payal Kapadia, 13'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 12:00 PM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • Sog, Germany, Jonathan Schwenk, 10'14"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 12:00 PM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • Mother, Nepal, Parichhed Sen, 25'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 2:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 2
    • Chyanti, Nepal, Veemsen Lama, 19'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 2:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 2
    • You're Seeing Things, Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, 17'35"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 2:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 2
    • Kyo-Netsu,Japan, Yuji Mitsuhashi, 17'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 2:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 2
    • Mobius,USA/Canada, Sam Kuhn, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 4:10 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 3
    • A Courious Girl ( Jaalgedi ),Nepal, Rajesh Prasad Khatri, 13'50"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 4:10 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 3
    • Shamana, Israel, Miki Polonski, 26'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 4:10 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 3
    • A Gentle Night, China, Qiu Yang, 12'15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 4:10 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 3
    • Death of a Sound Man, Thailand, Sorayos Prapapan, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, POWER- Freedom
    • Tehzeeb, UK, Myriam Raja, 13'49"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 9:45 AM, POWER- Freedom
    • Retouch, Iran, Kaveh Mazaheri, 20'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 9:45 AM, POWER- Freedom
    • Statement after my poet husband's Death, Bangladesh, Tasmiah Afrin Mou, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 9:45 AM, POWER- Freedom
    • Sikha Mainbattiko, Nepal, Sahara Sharma, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:35 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH- Everyday Struggles
    • Life in Other Words, Bangladesh, Abrar Athar, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:35 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH-Everyday Struggles
    • Death of a Reader, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan, 9'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:35 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH-Everyday Struggles
    • The Container, Bangladesh, Abu Shahed Emon, 14'42"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:35 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH-Everyday Struggles
    • Men With No Name, Bangladesh, Nuruzzaman Khan, 11'41"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 1:25 PM, POWER- Choice
    • Lucia Before and After, USA, Anu Valia, 14'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 1:25 PM, POWER- Choice
    • Ruwa, Nepal, Sujata Gurung, 4'45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 1:25 PM, POWER- Choice
    • Kokh, Nepal, Subarna Thapa, 11'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 2:45 PM, PANEL DISCUSSION-2
    • Power

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 4:55 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 5
    • Do Not Disturb, Nepal, Sonahang Rai, 4'30"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 4:55 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 5
    • Terrain Vague, France/Portugal, Latif Said, 14'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 4:55 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 5
    • Big City, Austrailia , Jordan Bond, Lachlan Ryan, 19'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 4:55 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 5
    • The Cameraman, Canada, Connor Gaston, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 4:55 PM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 5
    • Birthday, Italy, Alberto Viavattene, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 9:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT-6 , Slot 6
    • Ma, Nepal, Gokul Kunwar, 7’51"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT-6 , Slot 6
    • Night Shift, USA, Marshall Tyler, 16’4"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT-6 , Slot 6
    • Sonali, India/Switzerland, Jorge Cadena & Lucia Martinez, 8’

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT-6 , Slot 6
    • Just Go!, Latvia, Pavel Gumenniko, 10’45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 9:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT-6 , Slot 6
    • High Cities of Bones, Portugal, Joao Salaviza, 18'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:30 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 4
    • The Bicycle Kid, Nepal, Martin Bhandari, 9'45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:30 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 4
    • Paul is Here, Belgium, Giulia Desidera, 24'15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 11:30 AM, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 4
    • Adaptation, Poland, Bartosz Kruhlik, 24'50"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 4
    • Parikshya, Nepal, Samar Niraula, 20'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 4
    • Gaze, Iran/Italy, Farnoosh Samadi, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 4
    • Madona, Indonesia, Sinung Winahyoko, 14'27"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 1:15 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 4
    • Mare Nostrum, France/Syria, Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf, 13'24"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:05 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 5
    • Silver Bangle,Nepal, Roshan Thakuri, 17'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 13:05 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 5
    • The Robe ,Myanmar, Wera Aung, 18'45"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:05 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 5
    • Employee of the Month , Philippines, Carlo Francisco Manatad, 13'15"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 3:05 PM, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES, Slot 5
    • In Parentheses , Afghanisthan, Ghafar Azaad, 18'21"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL A

    • 10:00 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH - Everyday Destinations
    • 720 Degrees, Bangladesh, Ishtiaque Zico, 5'9"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 10:00 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH - Everyday Destinations
    • Chicken Fox, Bangladesh, Nuruzzaman Khan, 5'16"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 10:00 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH - Everyday Destinations
    • Boat of life going to Pahartali, Bangladesh, NSaiful Fardin, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 10:00 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH - Everyday Destinations
    • Cold Storage, Bangladesh, Fahad Khan, 9'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 10:00 AM, MADE IN BANGLADESH - Everyday Destinations
    • Puppet, Bangladesh, Rajib Ahsan, 14'59"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 7
    • Gemini, Nepal, Nabin Bhatt & Aabha Nepal, 4'4"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 7
    • Backstory, Germany, Joschka Laukeninks, 8'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 7
    • Centauro, Argentina, Nicolas Suarez, 14'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 7
    • Fight on a swedish Beach, Sweden, Simon Vahlne, 14'48"

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 11:45 AM, LET THERE BE LIGHT Slot 7
    • Take My Hand, Canada, Alexandre Lefebvre, 21'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 1:35 PM,PANEL DISCUSSION-3
    • LET THERE BE LIGHT!

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,POWER- Resilience
    • Imago, Philippines, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, 16'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,POWER- Resilience
    • Viola, Franca, Italy, Marta Savina, 15'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

    • 3:40 PM,POWER- Resilience
    • Gyalmu's House, Nepal, Ashmita Shirish, 19'

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL B

juries awards

Manisha Koirala | HEAD of JURY

Manisha Koirala is a Nepali actress who mainly appears in Bollywood. Noted for her acting prowess, Koirala is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards-and is one of India's most well known actresses. She went on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses in the 1990s with such films as 1942: A Love Story (1994), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Agni Sakshi (1996) and Gupt (1997). Koirala gained particular recognition for her willingness to experiment with a variety of strong, dramatic roles, and she delivered several acclaimed performances in a range of films, including Bombay (1995), Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Dil Se.. (1998), Mann (1999), Lajja (2001), Company (2002), Escape from Taliban (2003) and Dear Maya(2017). These films brought Koirala several awards and nominations, including three Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Actress, a South Filmfare Award for Best Actress, and a Star Screen Award Best Actress, among others. ...

Paolo Bertolin

Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, film critic, journalist and producer. He joined the Venice International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee in 2008. He has published articles in several Italian and international publications, such as "Cineforum", "Segnocinema", "Il Manifesto", "The Korea Times", "Cahiers du Cinéma" and "Senses of Cinema". Since 2010, he has worked as regional correspondent, covering several territories in the Asia Pacific region. He has collaborated with the Beijing, Hanoi and Mumbai International Film Festivals, the Doha Film Institute, the Udine Far East Film Festival, Nyon Visions du Réel, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Cannes Critics' Week, the International Film Festival Bratislava and Locarno Open Doors. Bertolin has producer credits on Phan Đăng Di's 'Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories' (2015) and Lav Diaz's 'A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery' (2016), both entries in the Berlin International Film Festival Competition. ....

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a contemporary Bangladeshi filmmaker and a screenwriter. His fourth feature Television was the closing film of Busan festival and won Grand Jury Prize in Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013 in addition to 5 more international awards from Dubai, Jogja-Indonesia, Asiatica-Roma, and Kolkata. Ant Story was his fifth feature and got nominated for Golden Goblet Awards and Muhr Asia-Africa Awards.It is also in competition for Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014, Singapore IFF 2014, and Kerala IFF 2014. His sixth feature titled “Doob” (No Bed of Roses in English) featuring Irrfan Khan (Life of Pie, Lunchbox), Nusrat Imrose Tisha (Television, Third Person Singular) and others has opened to rave reviews and doing the festival rounds. He has served on international jury for Busan International Film festival 2016, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015, East End Film Fest London 2016, South Asian Film Festival Singapore 2107, Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 and few other film events.

Namrata Shrestha | Head of Jury, Future of Cinema Section

Namrata Shrestha is the most prolific Nepali Actor of this Generation. She debuted with Alok Nembang's Sano Sansar in 2008, which was a watershed moment in the Nepali movie industry, ushering in the era of digital cinema and modern urban storytelling. Since then she went on to receive commercial and critical success with movies like Mero Euta Saathi Chha (2009), Miss U (2012), Chhadke (2012), Maun (2013), November Rain (2014), Megha (2014), Tandav (2014), Sambodhan (2014), Soul Sister (2015), Classic (2016), Homework (2016) and Parva (2017). Mero Euta Saathi Chha and November Rain remain benchmarks in Nepali cinema for box office collections. Ms. Shrestha has received numerous awards for her various character roles through the years. However, her role in the movie Classic (2016), marked the apex of her still-growing silver-screen career, having secured each and every award in the best female actor category that year, including the National Award, which was personally bestowed upon her by the President of Nepal. True to her craft, Ms. Shrestha also lends her acting prowess to the Stage. Being flawless in both Nepali and English, her plays Lady by the Sea (2009), Oleana (2011), Yerma (2014) and Golden Boy (2017) have cemented her reputation as an acting juggernought. Apart from being an actress, Ms. Shrestha is also an RJ, an Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and an accomplished Singer. She has has released two cover songs - Bistarai Bistarai (OST Soul Sister 2015) and Prakriti ko Sundar Shristi (OST Classic 2016). In 2015, Ms. Shrestha started her own production company- Highly High Entertainment- which in a short duration of time has gathered a reputation as a pioneer, having accomplished many firsts in the field of Nepali Performing Arts and Entertainment, such as the Nepal's first Psychological Thriller, Soul Sister (2015), which garnered great critical acclaim. Highly High also produced the first Nepali Hip Hop & Rap (Aka. NepHop) concert attended by over 7000 fans in Basantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most recently in 2017 , Highly High Entertainment co-produced the classic american play Golden Boy by Clifford Odets, a site-specific play which turned a Nightclub into an Boxing Arena for an immersive audience experience. Today, Ms. Shrestha commands a following of nearly 2 million on Social media and is recognized as one of the biggest youth influencers in Nepal.

Abu Shahed Emon

Abu Shahed Emon is a young Bangladeshi independent filmmaker. He graduated in Psychology from the University of Dhaka and later attended film schools in Australia and South Korea. In Australia, he completed his Diploma and Advance Diploma from Sydney Film School (2009) and RMIT University (2010) and completed his 3 years Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Filmmaking with a Major in Directing from the Korea National University of Arts (2015). He received several prestigious scholarships during his study. From US Department of State, he received Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Student Exchange (NESA) scholarship (2007). From Australian Government, he received the Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Award (2009) and from the South Korean Government, he received the prestigious Arts Major Asian Scholarship (2012). Emon has also participated in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) Fellowship Program (2010) by the Busan International Film Festival, Asian project market (2011), Beijing Film Market (2012), Open Doors Lab (2016) at the Locarno International Film Festival, Goa Film Bazaar Co-Production Market (2016) etc.
For his films, he has received several grants, including AFA Scholarship Fund (2010) for the short film 'The Container (2012), Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) provided by the Busan International Film Festival for Script & Project Development Category (2011) for the project 'The Tale of a Policeman (AKA A foolish man), Best Pitching Prize by the Goteborg International Film Festival (GIFF) (2011) for the project 'The Tale of a Policeman (AKA A foolish man) and Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) provided by the Busan International Film Festival for the Post-Production (2014) for the debut feature Project Jalal's Story. Emon's debut feature film project, Jalal’s Story has traveled more than 30 international film festivals.
His shorts and feature films have participated in the prestigious film festivals like Locarno, Busan, Goa, Montreal World, Kerala, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Fajr, Kazan, Silver Akbuzat, Avanca etc. and received several international awards. His debut feature Jalal's Story was the Bangladeshi entry to the 88th Academy Awards (Oscar) in the foreign language film Category. Emon is currently preparing his second feature film named ‘A Foolishman’ (AKA The tale of a Policeman).

Yangesh Yangessh

Yangesh is the Chairman of Nepali Film Critics Association Society, and is also the Deputy Co-ordinator of national daily newspaper Kantipur. He is been critic not only for Nepali cinema but also a foreign language films.
Beside being a film critic, he is also involved in writing books, and is a screenwriter, and translator. His first novel ‘Bhuiyaan’ was published in 2074. his translation of "Mohandas" and "Nailcutter" were published in 2066 and 2073 BS, respectively.
With 15 years work experience as a journalist, he is been jury of National Film Competition, as well as many other film festivals. Yangesh has also been involved in art and literature and has worked as a correspondent to various national newspapers.

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