Thematic Focus

ABOUT POSTER

Art embodies beauty, regardless of its origin. It can make us peek into our inner-self, transport us to another world, bring us closer to the truth, instill hope in us, and help us discover the meaning of life. It can sometimes be about escaping reality, while at other times it reveals the way into it. Art can be about celebrating life, or pondering into nihilistic existentialism.

For our poster this year, we juxtapose two different styles of art: Van Gogh’s Post Impressionistic embodiment of imagination, and Mithila folk art that originates in tradition. The poster is about escaping beyond the world of creativity while still remaining rooted to the convention. The Mithila art is about the celebration of life, while Van Gogh’s Starry Night is the product of a troubled soul. Despite the contrast in complexion, they are about life, its journey and its celebration. Here we bring eastern and western art together that embodies realism while being escapist at the same time. The poster is the idea that life – regardless of its nature – flows on a constant wave, untethered and unobstructed.

TRIBUTE TO ABBAS KIAROSTHAMI

The thematic focus for this film festival "and life goes on", represents the Nepali spirit of never letting go and also, happens to be the title of one of the films of Abbas Kairostami, the film genius, we are paying tribute to. Kiarostami passed away this year, leaving behind cinema we can only aspire to make. “I don’t invent material. I just watch and take it from the daily life of people around me,” the master had stated; this year Ekadeshma salutes the master, with films that inspire the spirit of perseverance and resilience in everyday life.

PROGRAMS

  • Moriom

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Francesca Scalisi / Mark Olexa
    • COUNTRY : Switzerland / Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : Bengali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’

    Director´s biography

    Francesca Scalisi (1982) is an Italian director and editor. Mark Olexa (1984) is a Swiss director and producer. They are based in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they run film production company DOK MOBILE. Their academic background in Fine Arts is visible in their works, where social commitment and intercultural curiosity are blended with an artistic point of view. In 2015, they directed and produced short film «Moriom», which received the Special Mention at the Winterthur Kurzfilmtage and was screened at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Tampere Short-Film Festival and Thessaloniki documentary film festival, among others. Their first feature length documentary «Half-life in Fukushima» was shot in Japan in S16mm and was screened at Vision du Réel and at Hot Docs international documentary festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    Moriom, a beautiful but strange young woman, says her parents must be punished for holding her prisoner and torturing her. They have a different story.

    CREDITS

    Directors : Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi

    Camera : Mark Olexa

    Editor : Francesca Scalisi

    Sound post production : Pierre Berset

    Music : Olivier Verleye

    Producers : Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi, Minahj Nasir

    Directors : Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi

  • ananta yatra ( THE ETERNAL JOURNEY )

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sunil Pandey
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Sunil Pandey was born in Tanahun district of Nepal. His passion towards cinema grew as he witnessed film shootings in Arubari, Kathmandu where he spent his teenage. A graduate from Oscar International College, the only film college in 'The Eternal Journey' is his graduating film.

    SYNOPSIS

    A woman in her 70s is stroke by an earthquake resulting her journey towards eternity. She arrives near a meadow by a riverbank. She needs a she calf to cross the river where she believes she can find her salvation. Then, she confronts with her past life image where she and her grandson are looking after a herd of cows. The film is a eulogy from the maker to his demised grandmother.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Radha Lamsal ( Bhavu )

    Editor : / Writer / Director : Sunil Pandey

    Producers : Rabindra Bahadur Pandey, Nawa Nidhi Dahal, Bhisma Lamichhane, Sunil Pandey

    Cinematographer : Sarad Mahato

    Sound : Shrawal RP

    Colorist : Kapil Parajuli

    Director: Sunil Pandey

  • 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

  • HOLE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Martin Edralin
    • COUNTRY : Canada
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'
    • Trailer Link : https://vimeo.com/100892933

    Director´s biography

    Martin Edralin is a Toronto-based filmmaker. HOLE marks his return to filmmaking after a three year hiatus and a new direction for his creative work. HOLE premiered at Locarno where it was awarded a jury prize. The film also won grand prizes at Clermont-Ferrand and Curta Cinema, a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short and it has screened at over 100 international film festivals including Toronto and Sundance. He is currently developing two feature film projects.

    SYNOPSIS

    A daring portrait of a disabled man’s yearning for intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Billy: Ken Harrower, Craig: Sebasitan Deery, Grace: April Lee

    Writer / Director : Martin Edralin

    Producers : Martin Edralin, Laura Perlmutter, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith

    Director Of Photography : Daniel Grant

    Production Designer : Helen Kotsonis

    Costume Designer : Judith Clancy

    Hair/Makeup : Jessica Whyte

    Sound Mixer : Kevin Brown

    Editor : Bryan Atkinson

    Sound Editor : Peter Lopata

    Director: Martin Edralin

  • lo sum choe sum

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Dechen Roder
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Bhutanese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 20'

    Director´s biography

    Dechen Roder is one of the first female directors from the Kingdom of Bhutan. She has been making small shorts and documentaries since 2005. Her first short fiction “Original Photocopy of Happiness” won the Jury Mention at the Hong Kong ifva awards and was shortlisted for Best Film at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival. Her recent short film “Lo Sum Choe Sum” (or “3 Year 3 Month Retreat”) screened in multiple festivals around the world, including Berlinale, Palm Springs Short Fest, Melbourne, Fribourg, and Seoul International Women’s Film Festival. She is also the co-founder and organizer of the only film festival in Bhutan- Beskop Tshechu Film Festival. When not working on her own films, she works as a visual editor on other projects.

    SYNOPSIS

    The traditional “3 Year, 3 Month Retreat” or “Lo-Sum-Choe-Sum” is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners. 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, find her own form of retreat and redemption?

    CREDITS:

    Writer / Editing / Director : Dechen Roder

    Cinematography : Jigme T. Tenzing

    Sound Editor/Sound Design : Benjamin Horbe

    Produced By : Dakinny Productions, Bhutan

    Director : Dechen Roder

  • 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

  • JHA LO

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Khenpola Shenang Gyamjo Tamang
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Tibetian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Shenang Gyamjo Tamang is a Buddhist monk and teacher at Shechen Monastery, Nepal where he teaches Buddhist philosophy with his doctoral degree. Besides this spiritual and religious attachment, he has a strong desire and passion to make film. JHA LO (Year of the Bird) is his directorial debut fiction film.

    SYNOPSIS

    TASHI, a troubled young monk with no perspective is sent to a retreat center, far from the monastery, with his master PALJOR, an old monk, who is suffocating from guilt. These two- troubled souls left alone at the retreat center and their encounter in each other's existence alter both their lives forever.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Jigme Palden ,Thiley Gurung

    Director : Shelnang Gyamjo Tamang

    Producers : Ram Krishna Pokharel ,Min Bahadur Bham

    Screenplay : Abinash Bikram Shah

    Cinematography : Narendra Mainali

    Art Director : Suman Nidhi Sharma

    Editor : Kiran Shrestha

    Sound : Bipin Sthapit

    Directors : Shelnang Gyamjo Tamang

  • RATE ME

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Fyzal Boulifa
    • COUNTRY : United Kingdom
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Fyzal Boulifa has been selected to screen in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes for the second time with his short film 'Rate Me'. The last time he attended was in 2012 with his Moroccan-set fable 'The Curse'. He will be joined in 2015 by three other UK shorts in what is a bonanza year for new talent at the world's most prestigious film festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    A portrait of teenage escort, ‘Coco’.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Zehra Zorba, Leo Hatton

    Director : Fyzal Boulifa

    Producers : Too True Films

    Screenplay : Fyzal Boulifa

    Cinematography : Taina Galis

    Sound : Anna Bertmark

    Music : Felicita

    Director : Fyzal Boulifa

  • JUNILYN HAS

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Carlo Francisco Manatad
    • COUNTRY : Philippines
    • LANGUAGE : Filipino
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD is a filmmaker from the Philippines. A graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute where his short film Hollow (Hungkag), was awarded Best Thesis Film. His 3rd short, Junilyn Has, was selected, in competition, at the 68th Festival del film Locarno. Manatad is also an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Docnet Campus Project. He is currently working on his first feature film, ‘A Wrong Season’.

    SYNOPSIS

    A dancer in a nightclub, Junilyn has to learn new moves to attract more customers during the Pope's visit to the Philippines. But while she rehearses, she is also preparing her bold move to free herself.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Star Orjaliza, Hasmine Formalejo, Abby Hispano

    Director /Editor : Carlo Francisco Manatad

    Producers : Carlo Francisco Manatad, Ferdinand Lapuz

    Production : Plan C

    Screenplay : Fyzal Boulifa

    Cinematography : Mikee Dela Cruz, Carlo Francisco Manatad

    Sound : Addiss Tabong

    Music : Daniel Ian David

    Director : Carlo Francisco Manatad

  • NIGHT-FLY

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Aziz Zhambakiyevd
    • COUNTRY : Kazakhstan
    • LANGUAGE : Russian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 27’

    Director´s biography

    Born in Kazakhstan and a graduate of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, Aziz won a Silver Bear at Berlin in 2013 and is an honorary member of the Asian Film Academy. His filmography as cinematographer includes Self Portrait (2007), Everything is Possible (2008), Harmony Lessons (2012), and Metamorphosis (2015). His short film Night-Fly celebrated its world premiere in ‘Busan International Film Festival’

    SYNOPSIS

    Zhanel is trapped in a life devoid of purpose. Unable to face the real world, she finds safe harbor in her wild and beautiful dreams. With the help of a psychiatrist she meets in her dreamscape, Zhanel tackles her problems and discovers her deeper self.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Nelli Tsay ,Kuat Abeshev ,Aigerim Mustafa

    Director: Aziz Zhambakiyev

    Producers :Aziz Zhambakiyev, Natalya Rastoropnova, Eduard Kim

    Screenplay : Alena Alova, Aziz Zhambakiyev

    Cinematography : Nika Tyron

    Music : Daniel Ian DavidAndrey Dergachev

    Director : Aziz Zhambakiyev

  • BAD HUNTER

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sahim Omar Kalifa
    • COUNTRY : Belgium, Iraq
    • LANGUAGE : Kurdish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’

    Director´s biography

    Sahim Omar Kalifa was born in 1980 in Kurdistan - Iraq. He came to Belgium in 2001, where he worked as an interpreter and whilst studying Audiovisual Arts at the University of Art and Design Sint-Lukas Brussels. After receiving his master’s degree, he made his short film Nan that won a wildcard (60.000 euro - Best Student Film) from the Flemish Audiovisual Fund. His last 2 short movies Land of the heroes and Baghdad Messi he has received 67 international Awards and selected for more than 300 festivals including the 61st Berlin International Film Festival Jury Award - Best Short Film ‘Generation’.

    SYNOPSIS

    Young man BAHOZ goes hunting in rural Kurdistan. He witnesses the rape of a young woman by an older man. He chases the man away and helps the woman to mend her clothes so she can conceal the rape from her family. That evening, Bahoz receives an unexpected visit.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Taher Abdullah, Varsin Jar, Naima Abdo, Sakvan Ali, Mehdi Munir, Harhad Hassan, Ahmed Mohammed, Shaban Dosky

    Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa

    Producers :Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Sahim Omar Kalifa

    Writers :Sahim Omar Kalifa, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem

    Screenplay : Alena Alova, Sahim Omar Kalifa

    Cinematography : Kamiran Betasi

    Sound : Kamal Mikail

    Music : Johan Hoogewijs

    Director : Sahim Omar Kalifa

  • THE BATHTUB

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Tim Ellrich
    • COUNTRY : Germany, Austria
    • LANGUAGE : German
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’55''

    Director´s biography

    Tim Ellrich is a German filmmaker, currently studying Fiction Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Since his childhood he has been fascinated by movies and began working in a cinema in his hometown at an early age. After some traineeships at professional film productions, he began to produce his own films and moved to Vienna, where he studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies. In his films Ellrich tries to deal with the absurdities of the daily life. His films were screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world.

    SYNOPSIS

    The brothers, Georg, Alexander and Niklas, are preparing an original present for their mother. But the idea to re-enact an old bathtub picture from their childhood is way too stupid for the oldest one. Little by little they bare all and three brothers remain who have grown apart in the meanwhile.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Simon Jaritz, Rainer Wöss, Stefan Pohl

    Director: Tim Ellrich

    editor :Maxmilian Merth, Andreas Ribarits

    Art Direction : Dominik Huber

    Cinematography : Lukas Gnaiger

    Sound : Rudolf Pototschnig

    Sound Design : Rudolf Pototschnig, Volker Armbruster

    Director : Tim Ellrich

  • LOST VILLAGE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : George Torida
    • COUNTRY : Spain, Georgia
    • LANGUAGE : No dialog
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’33”
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/142051450

    Director´s biography

    George Tordia was born in Tbilisi, 1982. He has been living and working in New York since 1991. He graduated in film studies from the Cinecittà NUCT Film School in Rome and has worked as a director’s assistant on various projects in both the USA and Europe.

    SYNOPSIS

    A middle-aged man and woman are the only ones living in an abandoned village when lights start appearing in some of the empty houses. Each character reacts to this phenomenon differently. Their lives will never be the same again.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Kakha Kobaladze, Lia Abuladze

    Director: George Todria

    screenplay :Maka Kukulava

    Producers : Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem & Sahim Omar Kalifa

    Cinematography : Gorka Gómez Andreu

    Sound : Bacho Gvetadze

    music: Irakil Shonia

    Editor : Temo Ezugbaia

    Art Director : Tako Nodia

    Director : George Todria

  • CACHORRO LOKO

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Igor Shin Moromisato
    • COUNTRY : Germany
    • LANGUAGE : No Dialogue
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’30''

    Director´s biography

    Born in 1982 in Brazil to Japanese parents, Igor Shin Moromisato is a dedicated comic artist, illustrator and animator. His works are inspired by urban daily life as well as traditional Japanese art

    SYNOPSIS

    A traffic jam holds up the entire city. Only the “Cachorros Lokos”, Brazilian motorbike couriers, can scramble past the waiting cars. But not every road will lead to success.

    CREDITS

    Directors : Igor Shin Moromisato

    Producers : Petra Clemens (Academy of Media Arts) , Ute Dilger (Academy of Media Arts)

    Distribution : Ute Dilger (Academy of Media Arts)

    Editor : Moîra Himmelsbach

    Sound: Ernesto Koba

    Music Composer: Carlos Andrés Reyes

    Directors : Igor Shin Moromisato

  • FOX FEARS

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Miyo Sato
    • COUNTRY : Japan
    • LANGUAGE : Japanese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 7’38”

    Director´s biography

    Miyo Sato was born in Aichi Prefecture. Her main works include "Through the Windows", "FOX FEARS" animation based on Niiminankichi's original work which was screened at SICAF (Korea), ANIMATEKA International Animation Film Festival, Stuttgart International Animation Festival, and other film festival in Japan. Her specialty is creating animation using "glass on paint" and sand painting.

    SYNOPSIS

    In the evening of a village festival, a young boy named Bunroku goes to the festival with his friends and visits a clog shop on the way. There he learns an old superstition about the fox.

    CREDITS

    CAst : Rihito Morio,Mari Ikegaya

    Directors : Miyo Sato

    Writer : Miyo Sato (Original story:Nankichi Niimi)

    Producers : Koji Yamamura

    Directors : Igor Shin Moromisato

  • dobro

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Marta Hernaiz
    • country : Mexico / Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • language : Bosnian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'

    Director´s biography

    Born in México D.F. and graduating from Centro de Diseño Cine y Televisión in 2011, Marta co-produced and cinematographed “La Asunción de José” directed by the Colombian director Juan Rocha and “Danish Film,” directed by Jorge Bolado. Currently Marta is editing her first feature film as a director “ The chaotic life of Nada” made in Bosnia and Montenegro.

    SYNOPSIS

    Mira, a Romany woman, decides to sit and rest at the front entrance of Selma's house. Selma, notices her and gets annoyed. She tries everything to kick Mira out and two women start an endless fight that can only end well. A Mexican and Bosnian co-production set in Sarajevo.

    CREDITS

    CAst : Julija PAVLOVIC, Mira BESIC, Bojan MIJATOVIC

    Editor / Writer / Director : Marta Hernaiz Pidal

    Director of photography : Sergio Flores

    Sound : Jorge BOLADO

    Producers : Cine Vendaval - Marta Hernaiz Pidal, Jorge Bolado

    Directors : Marta Hernaiz Pidal/p>

  • Sarus

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : K.Govinda raju
    • country : India
    • language : Marathi
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 20'

    Director´s biography

    Govinda Raju was born in Macherial a town near Hyderabad. He graduated in fine arts and is also a certified graphic designer.

    His interest in film making got a further push after attending film festivals in his hometown. He then joined Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. After Completing film school, he now works on ad films and writing feature film

    SYNOPSIS

    Vishnu (14) lives an idyllic life in a small fishing village. Vishnu is skilled at hand fishing but he, as rule never fishes in excess. He is attracted to Meenakshi (14) but her proximity to another boy compels Vishnu to act in a way that will forever crease his fabric of innocence.

    CREDITS

    CAst : Madan Deodar, Saloni sirsikar, Vedant muchandi, Aditya Bhagat, Ojas marathe, Rutuja Gadre, Smita khoje

    Director : Govinda raju

    Editor : Amit Malhotra

    Cinematographer : Balakrishna sharma

    Sound Recordist: Bhanu pratap dhande

    Directors : Govinda Raju

  • Gudh (nest)

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Saurav Rai
    • country : India
    • language : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 28'

    Director´s biography

    Saurav Rai is a direction and screenplay-writing alumnus from the Satyajit Ray Film and T.V Institute,India. A Nepali language film titled Monsoon Rain was his first short film on celluloid; it had its world premiere at the 34th International Munich Film Fest (2014) Germany, in official competition, as well as in International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala/IDSFK, 2014. He believes in simplicity and takes keen interest in the folk tales, mythology of his village life and tries to internalize these themes in his films. Gudh(Nest) is his diploma film from the institute.

    SYNOPSIS

    Gudh reminisces those childhood memories, which perhaps everyone went through in life. Those obscure moments etched into our memories, which we find hard to correlate as grown-ups. It’s about Ajay, his childhood, his love for his mother, his village, its ongoing revolution and the changes it brings forth.

    CREDITS

    CAst : Sarina Rai, Ajay Rai, Bir Bahadur Rai, Shanti Chhetri

    writer / Director : Saurav Rai

    Editor : Jishnu Sen

    Cinematographer : Abhishek Basu Roy

    Sound: Ankita Purkayastha

    Directors : Saurav Rai

  • Chhaya

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Debanjan Nandy
    • country : UK / India
    • language : Non Verbal
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 10'

    Director´s biography

    Debanjan grew up in the small town of Jamshedpur, in the east of India with a love for paintings and computer science. After graduating in Animation Film Design he worked on films, advertisements, branding campaigns and later joined the Directing Animation course at the National Film and Television School, UK. His graduation film, Chaaya has developed from his reflection on life set against the backdrop of his native town

    SYNOPSIS

    An old man trapped in a mundane senior center living by the memory of his beloved wife as his own shadow. But as his past sets in threatening his present, Prakash finds himself before a difficult decision: a mesmerizing but, unreal dream or life itself?

    CREDITS

    Director : Debanjan Nandy

    Producer : Josh Lowe

    Screenplay : Katerina Giannakou, Debanjan Nandy

    Editor : Pawel Stec

    Music : Fraya Thomsen

    Cinematographer : Jannicke Mikkelsen

    Production Designer: Jacqueline Blundell

    Directors : Debanjan Nandy

  • ananta yatra ( THE ETERNAL JOURNEY )

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sunil Pandey
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Sunil Pandey was born in Tanahun district of Nepal. His passion towards cinema grew as he witnessed film shootings in Arubari, Kathmandu where he spent his teenage. A graduate from Oscar International College, the only film college in 'The Eternal Journey' is his graduating film.

    SYNOPSIS

    A woman in her 70s is stroke by an earthquake resulting her journey towards eternity. She arrives near a meadow by a riverbank. She needs a she calf to cross the river where she believes she can find her salvation. Then, she confronts with her past life image where she and her grandson are looking after a herd of cows. The film is a eulogy from the maker to his demised grandmother.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Radha Lamsal ( Bhavu )

    Editor : / Writer / Director : Sunil Pandey

    Producers : Rabindra Bahadur Pandey, Nawa Nidhi Dahal, Bhisma Lamichhane, Sunil Pandey

    Cinematographer : Sarad Mahato

    Sound : Shrawal RP

    Colorist : Kapil Parajuli

    Director: Sunil Pandey

  • aahal

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sankar Dhital
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 17’

    Director´s biography

    Sankar Dhital in Taplejung, Nepal. He joined Oscar International College, the only film college in specializing in Direction. 'Aahal' is his graduation film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Ram, 44 begins his journey from the grave carrying only a small piece of wood. On the way, a new character joins him but only to leave him after a while. Ram gets to the river and begins sailing across. The director has narrated the story through his stream of consciousness.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Ram Prasad Chapagain

    Editor / Cinematographer / Writer / Director : Sankar Dhital

    Producers : Nawaraj Dhital

    Cinematographer : Sarad Mahato

    Sound : Manoj Rajbahak

    Colorist : Kapil Parajuli

    Director: Sankar Dhital

  • naad

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Rupesh Ghimire
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 26’

    Director´s biography

    Rupesh Ghimire (33) is a writer and a director. He graduated from Oscar International College and has made four short films experimenting in cinema arts. He aims to portray “typical Nepali” elements in films through the style of time narration.

    SYNOPSIS

    Netra Bdr spends his time just like any other villager in his community- feeding his cattle, toiling in his land, and grinding seeds for bread. But what is only normal for him and the natives, is to a traveler who happens to pass by the village and spends a night at Netra's home, most uncanny.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Netra Bahadur Shrestha , Mukunda Bhusal

    Writer / Director : Rupesh Ghimire

    Producers : Om Gurung, Ram Krishna Pokharel, Rupesh Ghimire

    Cinematographer : Shishir Bisankhe

    editor : Romi Moses

    Sound design : Sagar Aryal

    Music : Rajan Lama

    Color: Sanjiv Ratna Shakya

    Poster design: Rakesh Bhaju

    Production Designer: Leo Gurung

    Director: Sankar DhitalRupesh Ghimire

  • Singhdurbar

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Prabesh Poudel
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Prabesh Poudel is an emerging and young film maker from the Nepal. He graduated in film making and has made several short films and worked as script supervisor, script writer and assistant director in several feature films.

    SYNOPSIS

    Govinda, an activist of Maoist Party, injured during the Civil War starts his journey to meet his leader in Singha durbar (Prime Minister’s office). He has questions for his leader who he thinks didn’t follow the party’s principle after they entered the Parliament.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Mahesh Tripathi, Dhurba Koirala , ishwori Raj Acharya , Sweta Shrestha

    Writer / Director : Prabesh Poudel

    Producers : Indira Poudel, Alina Shrestha, Sid kharel

    Cinematographer : Rupesh Thapa

    Strory : Mahesh Bikram Shah

    Art Director : Kabir Khadka

    Production Manager: Paras Sharma

    Colorist : Rajendra Moktan

    Director: Prabesh Poudel

  • dhyangro

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Raj Kumar Rai
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 11’13"
    • trailer link: https://vimeo.com/167441974

    Director´s biography

    Raj Kumar Rai is a filmmaker based in Kathmandu. After graduating in Business Studies, he joined the Oscar College to pursue his film making passion. He has directed many short movies, and has also worked in two feature films as assistant director. His short movie 'Heaven is Black' made in 2015 was officially selected among the Top 10 in Non-English Category at 'Rode International Film Festival 2015,' it was also received the ‘Special Jury mention’ at Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) in Short Fiction Category.

    SYNOPSIS

    Loosely based on Anton Chekhov's Enemies, ‘The Shaman’s Drum’ (Dhyangro), adapted around the destitution of rural Nepal, is the story of an uneducated farmer whose belief that the fate of his dying son rests on the hands of god, is shaken when his local shaman refuses his cries for help.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Dilip Rai, Basu Dev Khanal

    Producer / Writer / Director : Raj Kumar Rai

    Cinematographer : Amar Maharjan

    Sound Designer : Dikesh Khadgi Shahi

    background score : Pushpa Sangam

    Editor: Animesh Sapkota, Nigam Bhandari

    Director: Raj Kumar Rai

  • A Forgotten Story

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Tashi Gyeltshen
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Silent
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 6'15"

    Director´s biography

    Tashi Gyeltshen worked as a journalist before delving into filmmaking. A self-taught filmmaker, he wrote and directed his first short Girl With a Red Sky in 2008. His third short, The Red Door, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014), the Netherlands, and was also an official selection at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, Hongkong International Film Festival, Honkong, Jaipur International Film Festival, India among other festivals around the world.

    He attended 19. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland in 2015 as a panel member in the discussion program, Land im Fokus: Bhutan/Nepal where two of his shorts were screened.

    Tashi’s debut feature project The Red Phallus was selected for Open Doors Hub programme at Festival del film Locarno 2016 and won a production grant award of Swiss Francs 20,000. The film will be shot in the beginning of 2017.

    Tashi also won Best Screenplay Award at the Bhutan’s National Film Awards in 2009. He writes frequently for newspapers and magazines.

    SYNOPSIS

    A Forgotten Story is about a traditional kettle, used largely for Suja (traditional butter tea), being replaced by a glitzy modern kettle. The old kettle is discarded and is refused to be even picked up by the garbage truck. Bhutan after being in “splendid isolation” for so long is now slowly being trapped in the frenzy of consumerist capitalism. New varieties in teas have come in and there’s less use for traditional kettles.

    CREDITS

    Director: Tashi Gyeltshen

    Editor : TashiGyeltshen

    Camera : PemaTshering and DechenRoder

    sound : DechenRoder

    music : JigmeDrukpa

    producer : TashiGyeltshen

    Directors : Tashi Gyeltshen

  • Haste Slowly

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Chand Bhattarai
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE :
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 7'36"

    Director´s biography

    Chand Bhattarai is an artist, illustrator and animator, and also a member of VAST Bhutan, the only contemporary arts center in Bhutan. For six years (2006-2012), he worked for Green Dragon Media, illustrating, storyboarding, animating, teaching and supervising many animation productions for different ministries of government, private sector and corporations.

    In 2013, he co-founded animation studio-Kewa Studio (2013-14) with group of friends and animators, they produced an animated short film- “Nowhere” (directed by Chand Bhattarai), which won the first prize in Animation category during the BeskopTshechu (Bhutanese Short Film Festival) in 2013. Nowhere was later screened in Sri lanka, Bhutan film StageKulturen in Bewegung in Austria and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland.

    SYNOPSIS

    This short animation is resonance of sinking and scattering of their mind. The contemporary juxtaposition added to the ancient traditional tale provokes the human mind to see the unseen.

    CREDITS

    Director: Chand Bhattarai

    Concept, Script and Producer: Chand Bhattarai and Nima Dorji Tamang

    Lighting and Shading : Yohn Rai

    Animators : Nima Dorji Tamang, Wangchuk, Tashi Tobgay and Yohn Rai

    Story board, Backgrounds painting and edited : Chand Bhattarai

    production company : Studio Awake-can

    Directors : Chand Bhattarai

  • lo sum choe sum

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Dechen Roder
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Bhutanese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 20'

    Director´s biography

    Dechen Roder is one of the first female directors from the Kingdom of Bhutan. She has been making small shorts and documentaries since 2005. Her first short fiction “Original Photocopy of Happiness” won the Jury Mention at the Hong Kong ifva awards and was shortlisted for Best Film at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival. Her recent short film “Lo Sum Choe Sum” (or “3 Year 3 Month Retreat”) screened in multiple festivals around the world, including Berlinale, Palm Springs Short Fest, Melbourne, Fribourg, and Seoul International Women’s Film Festival. She is also the co-founder and organizer of the only film festival in Bhutan- Beskop Tshechu Film Festival. When not working on her own films, she works as a visual editor on other projects.

    SYNOPSIS

    The traditional “3 Year, 3 Month Retreat” or “Lo-Sum-Choe-Sum” is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners. 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, find her own form of retreat and redemption?

    CREDITS:

    Writer / Editing / Director : Dechen Roder

    Cinematography : Jigme T. Tenzing

    Sound Editor/Sound Design : Benjamin Horbe

    Produced By : Dakinny Productions, Bhutan

    Director : Dechen Roder

  • A Song Of Silence

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Kelzang Dorjee
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Dzongkha
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 18'

    Director´s biography

    Kelzang Dorjee is a self-taught filmmaker. He produces commercial ads and short documentaries. A Song of Silence is his second short film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Beyond what we can hear, see and perceive, there’s a world of dreams and imaginations. Rest, everything is silent.

    CREDITS

    Director: Kelzang Dorjee

    writer : Kunzang Choki, Dechen Wangmo Dorji, Kelzang Dorjee

    producer : Ngawang Gyeltshen

    Principal cast : Lexin Choden

    Directors : Kelzang Dorjee

  • Monk In The Forest

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : KARMA WANGCHUK
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Bhutanese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 11'

    Director´s biography

    Karma Wangchuk is a Bhutanese artist and filmmaker, who has written and directed a short film and a documentary, both of which were broadcast on national television. As an artist, Karma is part of a small group of pioneering Bhutanese contemporary artists, trying to fuse tradition with modernity and abstract elements through their paintings. His works have been exhibited in group exhibitions in Bhutan, Japan, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Monk in the Forest is his second short film and was screened in Locarno and Singapore Film Festivals.

    SYNOPSIS

    A fearful and lonely monk is lost in a forest where he meets himself as his inner fear takes on a new external manifestation

    CREDITS

    Cast : Loday Chophel

    Director: Karma Wangchuk

    Screenplay : Karma Wangchuk

    cinematography : Karthik Muthukumar

    editors : Karthik Muthukumar, Poonam Rai

    Directors : Karma Wangchukn

  • The Red Door

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Tashi Gyeltshen
    • COUNTRY : Bhutan
    • LANGUAGE : Bhutanese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 15'

    Director´s biography

    Tashi Gyeltshen worked as a journalist before delving into filmmaking. A self-taught filmmaker, he wrote and directed his first short Girl With a Red Sky in 2008. His third short, The Red Door, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014), the Netherlands, and was also an official selection at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, Hongkong International Film Festival, Honkong, Jaipur International Film Festival, India among other festivals around the world.

    He attended 19. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland in 2015 as a panel member in the discussion program, Land im Fokus: Bhutan/Nepal where two of his shorts were screened.

    Tashi’s debut feature project The Red Phallus was selected for Open Doors Hub programme at Festival del film Locarno 2016 and won a production grant award of Swiss Francs 20,000. The film will be shot in the beginning of 2017.

    Tashi also won Best Screenplay Award at the Bhutan’s National Film Awards in 2009. He writes frequently for newspapers and magazines.

    SYNOPSIS

    A man wakes up to the sound of water drops leaking from the sky of his bleak world. A contact with the outside world comes through a mobile phone devoid of human connect. The journey begins with the man carrying a red door through a lush, green field and a maze of trees. Then he crosses a bridge to the second half of life where he clambers up a rugged and withering landscape. He reaches a world of mute, standing stones and finally reaches the mountaintop tired, he enters the door, and says, 'Mother, I am home' and goes to sleep.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Karma Wangchuk

    Director: Tashi Gyeltshen

    Screenplay : Tashi Gyeltshen

    Music Composer : Jigme Drukpa

    producer : Tashi Gyeltshen

    cinematography : Kinzang Namgay

    Directors : Tashi Gyeltshen

  • COLORS

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Peter Lee Scott
    • COUNTRY : UK
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 25'

    Director´s biography

    Peter works in the film and commercial industry as a director and producer. In the past several years he has produced on films such as 20,000 Days on Earth and the upcoming Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of documentary as well producing films for the likes of 2013 Turner Prize Winner Laure Prouvost and 2014 Jarman Award nominee Rachel Reupke. His first short film Replica went on to win a Special Commendation Award at the Royal Television Society as well as get nominated for best cinematography at the Fastnet Film Festival and the latest shortA Stranger Kind, which he produced, stars Eleanor Tomlinson and recently premiered at the London Short Film Festival before it goes on to other festivals.

    SYNOPSIS

    Colours is a captivating portrait of Adam (16/17) learning of his best friend Tom’s homosexuality amid the hostile masculine environment of grass roots football. The harsh and unforgiving nature of their suburban world forces Adam to choose between Tom and the team (headed by the ruthless team captain Mike), potentially sacrificing everything he has and his own wellbeing if he stands by his friend Tom. At the age on 16/17 where your friends and the area you grow up in is very much the world you depend on how do you face turning your back on it all for what you know to be right and support your friend in their hour of need?

    CREDITS

    Cast : Harry Jarvis, Makir Ahmed, George Somner, Connor Catchpole

    writer / Director: Peter Lee Scott

    producer : Prudence Beecroft

    Editor : Lizzy Graham

    Cinematographer : Aaron Szogi

    sound designer : Phil Bolland , Neil Johnson

    production designer : Vicente Ben

    Directors : Peter Lee Scott

  • daaravtha

    Director´s biography

    After working for Zee TV for three years as an Executive Producer on successful shows like Fear Files & Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, he shifted to Essel Vision. At Zee Studios (Essel Vision) he worked on Marathi films like Timepass, Fandry, Lai Bhaari, Dr. Prakash Baba Amte and Elizabeth Ekadashi as an Executive Producer. He is also a credited writer for Television. Besides the professional front, he lives his passion for theatre through Dushyantapriya, a queer adaptation of Kalidasa’s Shakuntalam, for which he received critical acclaim as an actor. Apart from acting, he is also the Assistant Director and the Costume Designer for the play. He has now shot his first short film ‘Daaravtha’ which is a compilation of real life inspirations around.

    SYNOPSIS

    On the brink of adolescence, a young boy struggles between his own desires and the confines of a strict patriarchal society. Mesmerized by the beautiful costume and dance of a female character in his school’s play, he is determined to play the role, especially since this is his chance to finally get closer to the older boy on whom he’s been harboring a secret crush.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Nishant Bhavsar, Nandita Patkar

    Director: Nishant Roy Bombarde

    producer / screenwriter : Nishant Roy Bombarde

    Editor : Anadi Athaley

    Cinematographer : Harish Krishnan

    music composer : Shantanu Nandan Herlekar

    Directors : Nishant Roy Bombarde

  • On The Roof

    Director´s biography

    Damià Serra Cauchetiez was born in Girona in 1992. Member of numerous companies of amateur theater since childhood, he is also an actor. In 2011 he wrote and directed "DESEMBRE 2012", a play which opened in Lom (Bulgaria), and performed in Romania, CzechRepublic, Avignon (France),Tel Aviv (Israel) and across Catalonia. He graduated from ESCAC, specializing in direction. In 2014 he directed the first two episodes of the series "HIPSTERLAND", an independent production with the collaboration of the Catalan Television Network and Minoria Absoluta, and continues in the other episodes as the coach of actors. "EN LA AZOTEA" is his first short film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Every day Adrián and his friends spy a girl who sunbathes naked on the terrace. But this afternoon will be different: today they’ll realize that one of them is more interested in a guy showering in a building close by.

    CREDITS

    Cast :NilCardoner (Adrián), Roger Prínez (Lucas), BielEstivill (Marcos), Pol Hinojosa (Jonathan), Arnau Aizipitarte (Borja)

    Director: Damià Serra Cauchetiez

    script writer :Miguel Casanova, Damià Serra Cauchetiez

    DOP : GemmaRogés

    Art Direction : Tere Zuluaga, Irene Milla

    Editor : Marc Berraondo

    Line producer : Rubén Llorach

    Sounddesigners : Sandra Ramionet, Oriol Bonals

    Costumedesigners : Tere Zuluaga, Irene Milla

    MusicComposer : Kevin Smithers

    Directors : Damià Serra Cauchetiez

  • PURPLE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS :Saroj Shrestha
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : : 4 min 40 sec

    Director´s biography

    Born in Kathmandu Nepal Saroj is a film student. He studied hotel management, computer science, business studies before joining films. He hopes to pursue films for passion and profession.

    SYNOPSIS

    Two men are lying on the ground in a forest, daydreaming and contemplating the clouds. In this lush landscape, their bodies are freed from all social constraints.

    CREDITS

    Director: Saroj Shrestha

    Writer :Saroj Shrestha

    Principle Cast :Mahesh Tripathi / Shankar Karki

    Producer : Cinephile Nepal

    Cinematographer : Bibek Khadka

    Directors : Saroj Shrestha

  • VIKTOR

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS :Ann Prim
    • COUNTRY : USA
    • LANGUAGE : English/Russian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : : 11 min 1 sec
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/140975040

    Director´s biography

    Ann is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has worked in both experimental and narrative film for more than 10 years. Ann is a two-time Jerome Arts Foundation recipient and the prestigious McKnight Media Arts Fellowship. Ann creates characters that dwell outside social norms and exist in the space between and in the process of becoming. Her stories reveal the strength needed to survive and thrive. Ann Prim’s films have screened in festivals worldwide.

    SYNOPSIS

    An American-Russian family is torn apart by a secret. Their only son ‘Viktor’ grows increasingly close to his beloved Russian grandmother. Only grandmother 'Zoya' knows his secret and is ultimately the one who speaks his truth.

    CREDITS

    Cast :Charles Koehnen, Helen Chorolec, Tanya Jones, and Greg Berman

    Director: : Ann Prim

    Writer :: Ann Prim

    Producer : Jillian Nodland

    DOP : : Adrian Danciu

    Directors : Ann Prim

  • ANY OTHER DAY

    Director´s biography

    Vikrant Dhote is a performer, writer and director based in Bombay. He studied at the London International School of Performing Arts and hopes to create more work around gender and queerness in the Indian context. Born in 1987, Srikant Ananthakrishnan holds a post-graduate diploma in Film Direction from the University of Mumbai. He has been working in the industry for 5 years.

    SYNOPSIS

    It’s just another day in Kabir and Arnav’s life. But in the name of safety, two police officers take it upon themselves to create a spectacle of the young men’s private and intimate relationship.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Veena Nair, Vikrant Wadkar, Vikrant Wadkar, Saurabh Kulkarni, Mandar Gokhale

    Director: Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote

    writer : Vikrant Dhote

    DOP : Chinmay Deshpandey

    Sound Design : Mehar Chumle

    Directors : Kelzang Dorjee

  • HOLE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Martin Edralin
    • COUNTRY : Canada
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 15 mins
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/100892933

    Director´s biography

    Martin Edralin is a Toronto-based filmmaker. HOLE marks his return to filmmaking after a three year hiatus and a new direction for his creative work. HOLE premiered at Locarno where it was awarded a jury prize. The film also won grand prizes at Clermont-Ferrand and Curta Cinema, a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short and it has screened at over 100 international film festivals including Toronto and Sundance. He is currently developing two feature film projects

    SYNOPSIS

    A daring portrait of a disabled man’s yearning for intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Billy: Ken Harrower, Craig: Sebasitan Deery, Grace: April Lee

    Director: Martin Edralin

    writer :Martin Edralin

    Producers :Martin Edralin, Laura Perlmutter, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith

    DOP : Daniel Grant

    Production Designer : : Helen Kotsonis

    Custom Designer : : Judith Clancy

    Hair/MakeUp : : Jessica Whyte

    Sound Mixer : : Kevin Brown

    Editor : : Bryan Atkinson

    Sound Editor : : Peter Lopata

    Directors : Martin Edralin

  • San Cristobal

    Director´s biography

    Omar was born in Santiago, Chile. He is a recipient of the Film Promotion and Art Promotion Funds from the Government of Chile. He has a Master in Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, which he attended with scholarships given by the Fulbright Program, Chile’s Ministry of Education and Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012 he directed “On learning on a friend’s illness”, a segment featuring Academy Award® Nominee James Franco and Zach Braff, part of the feature film “The Color of Time”, that premiered at the Rome Film Festival 2012 and also had a theatrical release in the U.S. in 2014.

    SYNOPSIS

    “San Cristóbal” is a love story between two young men who share some uncertainty about their futures, and who find calm trusting one another. The fog that surrounds them clears up slowly, giving space to a more open view.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Billy: Samuel González (“Lucas”), Antonio Altamirano (“Antonio”), Marcia Paredes (“Catalina”), Alicia Vera (“Adriana”), Jorge Quagliaroli (“Doctor”), Juan Santana (“Antonio’s Boss”), Iván Soto (“Fisherman 1”), Benjamín Bizama (“Fisherman 2”), Omar Matar (“Fisherman 3”)

    Director: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo

    Production/Custom Design :Nicolás Oyarce

    Casting :Jorge Quagliaroli

    DOP : Nicolás Ibieta

    Sound Mixer : Alejandro Contreras

    Sound Design : Roberto Espinoza

    Additional Sound Design : Ryan Billia

    Sound design coordinator : Pablo Bahamondez

    Assistant director : Catalina Marín

    line Producer : Siomara Molina

    Catering: Katia Vergara

    Make-up: Amparo Aguirre

    Poster Design: Arno Baudin

    Editing: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo

    Image Grading: Nicolás Ibieta

    Produced by: Amparo Aguirre, Ana Perera

    Written and directed by: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo

    Directors : Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo

  • VICTOR XX

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Ian Garrido López
    • COUNTRY : Spain
    • LANGUAGE : Spanish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 21 mins
    • Trailer link : https://vimeo.com/134391248

    Director´s biography

    Ian Garrido grew up in Nijar, a small town in Almeria. In hir last year of studying to become a film director in ESCAC(Escola Superior De Cinema iAudiovisuals de Catalunya), and coinciding with the beginning of his gender transition process, ze presents VICTOR XX, his final project which is inspired by hir own life. A story made by and for people who don’t fit in the binary system of man or woman.

    SYNOPSIS

    Victor likes to experiment with his gender. He doesn’t know if he feels like a boy or a girl. He lives in a small seaside village in Almeria, with his mother Mari Angeles and his girlfriend Rahma. Once in the town, protected by anonymity, he discovers himself. But secrets do not last forever and Victor will have to face his mother and girlfriend in order to stand up for the real image reflected in his mirror.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Shei Benzidour, Yolanda, Alba Martinez, Roser Tapias

    Director: Ian Garrido López

    Producer: Ariadna Terribas

    Music: Joel Condal, Marcel Vall

    Cinematography: Sandra Formatger

    Directors : Ian Garrido López

  • Moriom

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Francesca Scalisi / Mark Olexa
    • COUNTRY : Switzerland / Bangladesh
    • LANGUAGE : Bengali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’

    Director´s biography

    Francesca Scalisi & Mark Olexa

    Francesca Scalisi (1982) is an Italian director and editor. Mark Olexa (1984) is a Swiss director and producer. They are based in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they run film production company DOK MOBILE. Their academic background in Fine Arts is visible in their works, where social commitment and intercultural curiosity are blended with an artistic point of view. In 2015, they directed and produced short film «Moriom», which received the Special Mention at the Winterthur Kurzfilmtage and was screened at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Tampere Short-Film Festival and Thessaloniki documentary film festival, among others. Their first feature length documentary «Half-life in Fukushima» was shot in Japan in S16mm and was screened at Vision du Réel and at Hot Docs international documentary festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    Moriom, a beautiful but strange young woman, says her parents must be punished for holding her prisoner and torturing her. They have a different story.

    CREDITS

    Directors : Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi

    Camera : Mark Olexa

    Editor : Francesca Scalisi

    Sound post production : Pierre Berset

    Music : Olivier Verleye

    Producers : Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi, Minahj Nasir

    Directors : Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi

  • SNIPER OF KOBANI

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Reber Dosky
    • COUNTRY : Netherlands
    • LANGUAGE : Kurdish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’08”

    Director´s biography

    Reber Dosky (1975) is a Kurdish / Dutch filmmaker, who finished his study in directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. Dosky shows in his films short stories of human relationships and puts them in a broader social context.

    SYNOPSIS

    The Sniper of Kobani is a portrait of Haron, a Kurdish fighter who came to the Syrian town of Kobani to end the Islaic State occupation. Haron works as a sniper, amidst the enormous ruins of the city. In his hide-out, he reflects on his hopes and nightmares.

    CREDITS:

    Director: Reber Dosky

    Producer : Jos de Putter

    Cinematographer : Nina Badoux

    Additional Camera : Reber Dosky

    Sound : Taco Drijfhout

    Editor : Stefan Hickert

    Composer : Wouter van Bemm

    Director: Reber Dosky

  • SYMBOLIC THREATS

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke
    • COUNTRY : Germany
    • LANGUAGE : English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 17’20”

    Director´s biography

    Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke

    Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Matthias Wermke grew up in Berlin in the 1990s when they learnt to value and utilise the city’s possibilities. A shared enthusiasm for repurposing urban spaces brought the three together early on. Nowadays, they still focus on the same questions and locations in their work, whether it be as filmmakers, curators, cultural scientists or fine artists. They create images and mindscapes, tell stories and dissect events – always in the hope of making the unseen visible and of exploring a place’s fixed meaning and potential use.

    SYNOPSIS

    Are we safe in the city? What’s next? Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, Symbolic Threats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by the heated debate over two White American Flags that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?

    CREDITS:

    Producer/Director : Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke

    Sound Re-recording : Rohit Shakya and Uttam Neupane

    Director: Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke

  • IN THE WAVES

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Ying-Fang Shen
    • COUNTRY : USA
    • LANGUAGE : No Dialogue
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’35
    • Trailer Link : https://vimeo.com/142746673

    Director´s biography

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

    As a Taiwanese independent filmmaker with advanced training in ink painting and digital art, Ying-Fang Shen’s work reflects experiments in painting, illustration, digital filmmaking and animation that are heavily influenced by the handmade aesthetics of traditional East Asian art and Taoist philosophy. She practices digital art with the sensibility of an illustrator and painter, in that the outcome of her work is always a series of marks of expression developed through a process of seeking originality and playfulness. In many of her animations, she overlies various textures and drawn elements to create works that reflect the spirit of Asian shadow puppetry. Taoism inspires her approach to storytelling, which results in non-conventional narrative structure with loose plots and a vague sense of time in her fictional, plot-driven works.

    SYNOPSIS

    A millipede dived into an unknown space and released enormous amount of eggs, which hatched into a big crowd of fish and then instinctively rushed down deeply into a wonderland. Through a series of organic forms made with tie-dye fabric, In The Waves metaphorically depicts how different lives meet, love, and begin new life journey.

    CREDITS:

    Director/Producer/Animator : Ying-Fang Shen

    Music/Sound : Antonio Garcia

    Director: Ying-Fang Shen

  • FAMOUS IN AHMEDABAD

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Hardik Mehta
    • COUNTRY : India
    • LANGUAGE : Gujarati , Hindi
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 30’

    Director´s biography

    Hardik Mehta is an independent filmmaker. He was trained as a Dairy Technologist, but he soon left and worked as a copywriter in advertising. He then pursued filmmaking. After completing his master’s degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi, he shifted to Mumbai.

    He has been an integral part of Phantom Films’ productions, Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Lootera’ (2013), Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ (2014) as a script supervisor and an assistant director. His first short fiction film Skin Deep (2014) was released theatrically across India along with three other short films in an anthology called ‘Chaar Cutting’. Amdavad Ma Famous (2015) is his first independent documentary. The film has traveled extensively at film festivals world over and has won several awards including the National Award for Best Non-Feature Film (2015).

    SYNOPSIS

    Set during the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the biggest kite-flying festival in India, ‘Amdavad Ma Famous’, witnesses the transformation of an 11-year-old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and a passionate kite-runner, until he comes across a challenge that threatens to keep him away from the one thing he loves.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Zaid Khedawala, Yasen Khedawala, Adil Papadwala, Mushtaq, Irrfan

    Director/Editor : Hardik Mehta

    Produced By : Akanksha Tewari (Bhaand-A-Part) Arya A Menon (Remarquer)

    Director of Photography : Piyush Puty

    Music : Alokananda Dasgupta

    Sound Design : Manoj M Goswami

    Location Sound : Pranav Kothi

    Additional Camera : Harshbir Singh

    Line Producer : Nachiket Desai

    Assistant Editor : Rajendra Bhaat

    Director : Hardik Mehta

  • BUS STORY

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Jorge Yudice
    • COUNTRY : Spain
    • LANGUAGE : Spanish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 10’22”

    Director´s biography

    Jorge Yúdice has a graduate degree in Film Directing from the University School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Catalonia (ESCAC). After making his way through the school, he did a series of masters and post-graduate work dedicated to screenwriting for film, television and advertising. He is currently doing freelance work directing, screenwriting and developing commercials, music videos and feature films. These include directing and writing spots for Yemo Cinemas in 2012, the short film Simetría, which was selected for numerous national and international festivals, the docu-fiction Llums broadcast by Televisió de Catalunya, and the music video Escapatoria for the band Tachenko, which won the award for best video of the year at the awards for Aragonese music.

    SYNOPSIS

    As any day on the morning bus, he found the unknown girl completely asleep. He had never talk to her but he knows where she leaves the bus. The problem is that today she doesn't awake on time and she is going to pass her stop. Should he wake her up?

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Alex Maruny , Diana Gomez

    Director/Writer : Jorge Yudice

    Cinematographer : Julieta Lutti

    Editors : Felipe Bravo , Santi Molina Nieto

    Art Direction : Oian Arteta

    Director : Jorge Yudice

  • THE REVOLUTION HUNTER

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Margarida Rego
    • COUNTRY : Portugal
    • LANGUAGE : Portuguese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2013
    • RUNNING TIME : 11’

    Director´s biography

    Margarida Rêgo was born in 1986, Lisbon, Portugal. She studied at Fine Arts Academy in Lisbon and recently finished her master degree at the Royal College of Arts in London. Her background is in graphic designing and she is one the founders of the studio ilhas. In parallel to her graphic design practice, Rêgo is interested in questioning history and the consequences that history has in the present. At the moment she is working on Portugal, about how not to lose a country, and about how to transform the idea of country. In 2013 she did her first short-film called "A CaçaRevoluções" (The Revolution Hunter).

    SYNOPSIS

    It all started with a picture taken in 1974 in Lisbon, just after the Portuguese Revolution. She, the Revolution Hunter, tries to enter in that picture as if she could enter into a time she didn't belong and finally understand what it means to be part of a revolution or what it means to fight for a country. A Caça Revoluções is a film that explores the relationship between two generations, two different times and two different fights. As if we could transform a photograph by drawing on it. As if we could transform the present by drawing over the past.

    CREDITS:

    Editing / Camera / Producer / Writer/ Director : Margarida Rego

    Sound : Mike Wyeld

    Music : Carlos Paredes

    Director : Margarida Rego

  • WINDS OF FURNACE

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Yamil Quintana
    • COUNTRY : Mexico
    • LANGUAGE : Spanish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’44”

    Director´s biography

    Born in the state of Oaxaca and based in Mexico City, Yamil Quintana is a freelance journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. His audiovisual practices go around documentary, fictional and experimental films, always rethinking about new quest and ways. His recent works include Malhaya, I Will be Back and Ask the Time.

    SYNOPSIS

    In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends, Antonio and Miguel, are having a fun afternoon sharing jokes, pranks, and dreams as they straddle the boundary between childhood and adult life.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Francisco Manuel, Vera Acuautia, Alejandro Arvizu, Angel Reyes

    Director/Writer : Yamil Quintana

    Editing : Anna Garcia

    Sound Design : Miguel Angel Molina

    Cinematography : Gerardo Barroso

    Producer : Celia Iturriaga

    Director : Yamil Quintana

  • MAYA

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Veemsen Lama
    • COUNTRY : UK
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’46”

    Director´s biography

    Veemsen Lama is a Nepali film director, living in London. After working in the British Army for 13 years, he had a gut feeling that he should be telling stories, and followed it. This led him to Ravensbourne Film School where he studied Digital Film Production.

    While studying, he became fascinated by cinematography, which he has enthusiastically undertaken on several short films, music videos and documentaries. He also realised that his passion as a director was to tell stories about love and hope. However, his hunger to experiment and challenge himself, often leads him to engage with horror and action as well as drama.

    Recently, he returned to Nepal to shoot his latest short film, MAYA, which premiered at Raindance Film Festival in September 2015 and was selected to screen at London Short Film Festival in January 2016. In addition to that, he is prepping for his debut feature.

    SYNOPSIS

    Maya is a story of survival in which Maya, Bikram and Kancha narrowly escape the clutches of slave traders, only to find themselves trapped in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Vulnerable, penniless and alone, they are forced to live their life on the streets with only hopes and dreams of happiness.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Subash Dangi , Shyam Khadka , Aakash Malla, Kaushal Pandit , Sugandha Subedi, Ashmita Tamang, Suraj Tamang

    Director : Veemsen Lama

    Produced By : Akanksha Tewari (Bhaand-A-Part) Arya A Menon (Remarquer)

    Writer : Tayo Odesanya

    Producer : Tom Chullingham

    Cinematography : Arran Green

    Editor : Biki Gurung

    Sound Design : Michael Ling

    Director : Veemsen Lama

  • THE LIVING NEED LIGHT, THE DEAD NEED MUSIC

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero
    • COUNTRY : Vietnam
    • LANGUAGE : Vietnamese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 21’15”

    Director´s biography

    The Propeller Group was established in 2006 as a cross-disciplinary structure for creating ambitious art projects. With backgrounds in visual art, film and video, Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen created the collective to harness the synergetic spirit encountered in large –scale production efforts.

    SYNOPSIS

    A colourful funeral procession travels from Ho Chi Minh City for a visual, musical tour of the eccentric funeral traditions and rituals of Southern Vietnam. Cultures linked by the raw symphony of a brass band.

    CREDITS:

    Director/Editor/Writer:The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero )

    Production : The Propeller Group , Ho Chi Minh City

    Cinematography : Phunam Thuc Ha

    Distribution : TPG Films , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Director : The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero )

  • NAYA JHUL

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Mahesh Shrestha
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’

    Director´s biography

    A passionate artist, actor and director, Mahesh Shrestha, holds Master's Degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuvan University (TU) of Nepal. Taken few intensive short trainings on theatre and film-making, he has acted in more than 20 proscenium and street theatre productions as well as in one short film (Dhulo), two feature length film (Sano Sansar and Banphool) and two music videos. He produced and directed some theatre productions, music videos, and short documentaries. ‘NayaJhul’ is his first attempt as a producer and director of a short fiction film. He works as a communications and media professional these days.

    SYNOPSIS

    'Naya Jhul' is a story of a rebel. Ritu is passionately in love with Sanjay, until an incident that swerves her mode of life in a different direction, totally changes her attitude and perspective towards life, love, and relationship. An inspiring story that threads and sums up the contemporary context of a definition of love and relationship among young people of our times.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Sarmila Basnet, Amber Subedi, Pramila Tulachan

    Director : Mahesh Shrestha

    Producer : Actshala

    Editor : Mahesh Shrestha, Pradeep Gurung

    Cinematography : Nitish Gurung

    Screenplay : Mahesh Shrestha, Sambida Rajbhandari

    Story : Pramisha Kc

    Post Production : Neptives

    Director : Mahesh Shrestha

  • SHAMBHALA

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Michael Roth
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’55”

    Director´s biography

    Michael Roth (1987, USA) had been making short films and working in Hollywood before he decided to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, located in Singapore to pursue a graduate degree in filmmaking. Since starting the program he has worked on films in seven different countries and is currently based in Beijing where he is preparing to make his next film; “To This We Come.”

    SYNOPSIS

    In rural Nepal a young wife struggles against the reality that her marriage is not what she imagined it to be, partly due to her husband’s absences from work. When one day he brings home a TV, it strains their relationship even more.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Binita Thapa Magar, Buddhi Man Tamang, Aryan Sigdel

    Director/Editor/Writer : Michael Roth

    Producer : Michael Roth & Prajjwal S.J.B. Rana

    Cinematography : Bumsue Chun

    Director : Michael Roth

  • 6:05

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Shohreh Reayati
    • COUNTRY : Iran
    • LANGUAGE : Farsi
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 7’

    Director´s biography

    Shohre Ra’ayati, born in 1980, has a master of arts degree in Theater Directing. She started her artistic endeavor in acting and directing when she was in high school. She has participated in high school and university festivals, where she won awards in both acting and directing. She has performed publicly in numerous occasions, and has appeared in local TV series in Iran. She teaches at vocational high school and institutes.

    SYNOPSIS

    A girl who has decided to flee her homeland and her past, embarks on a journey. But…

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Anita Heydari

    Director : Sohreh Reyati

    Writer : Payam Azizi

    Producer : Meysam Razfar

    Director : Sohreh Reyati

  • KALLI

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Rakesh Maharjan
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepal Bhasa & Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 14’42”

    Director´s biography

    This film is a diploma project by director Rakesh Maharjan who completed his Diploma in Film Direction from Oscar International College, Kathmandu. Maharjan has also directed various projects and short movies while at college. Maharjan sees films as a pure form of art; he believes that the director is the auteur and the film is his/her creative vehicle. He wants to give Nepali film a stand internationally by representing Nepali lives.

    SYNOPSIS

    Kalli -- A story of Nani Maiya, an ordinary young Newar housewife in Kathmandu as the 2006 people’s movement and political change comes fast approaching. She finds out that plans are being made for her husband to remarry using her childlessness as a reason, Nani Maiya needs to make a big decision on how to ride out the challenge she is facing under the cloud of the patriarchal and traditional mindset of the society.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Krishna Shrestha, Bhogendra Manandhar, Manju Shrestha, Shyam Khatiwada

    Director/Writer : Rakesh Maharjan

    Cinematography : Bibek Khadka

    Editing : Animesh Sapkota

    Sound : Dikesh Khadgi

    Assistant Director : Saroj Shrestha, Amar Maharjan

    Director : Rakesh Maharjan

  • FAT BOY NEVER SLIM

    Director´s biography

    Sorayos Prapapan was born in 1986 in Bangkok. He had his education in Film and Photography at Thammasat University, Thailand. He directed several short films both fiction and documentary and has been show in many international film festival including Rotterdam, Fribourg, Winterthur, Curta Cinema andDokufest.

    His Short "Fat Boy Never Slim" premiered at iffir 2016 and also won "Vichitmatra award " from Thai Short Film and Video Festival

    SYNOPSIS

    2015, under the rule of military junta, two fat schoolboys don’t want to serve in the military when they turn 21. They want to enroll the territorial defense course, but they need to pass the physical test. Will fat boys like them be able to pass the test?

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Patiparn Amornthipparat, Nattapong Pipattanasub

    Director/Writer : Sorayos Prapapan

    Producer : Sorayos Prapapan, Donsaron Kovitvanicha

    Director : Sorayos Prapapan

  • SANKALPA ( PLEDGE )

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Santosh Dahal
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 17’17”

    Director´s biography

    Santosh Dahal was born in Morang district of Nepal. A physics student, he quit science to join film studies at Oscar International College, Kathmandu. He graduated film school 2014. He has directed several short films during school. He worked as an assistant director 'Dying candle' (2014), winner best cinematography at Queens World Film Festival, USA

    SYNOPSIS

    After the death of his wife, Lachhmi Prasad (40) is in a dilemma. Should he re-marry or keep the promise he made with villagers of not giving his sons a step mother. He is also in search of some laborers to harvest his paddy but most men have left the village for employment due to the civil war between Maoist and Government. This film shows his state of mind after his wife’s death.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Ram Krishna Shrestha, Samranta Bhandari, Raghunath Silwal, Satyakala Lama, Utsav Khatiwada

    Director/Writer : Santosh Dahal

    Cinematography : Rupesh Thapa

    Editing : Animesh Sapkota

    Sound : Bipin Sthapit

    Color Correction : Kapil Parajuli

    Director : Santosh Dahal

  • BOX CITY

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Bijay Tamrakar
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali,English
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 19’13”

    Director´s biography

    Bijay was a television fanatic since his childhood. His love for cinema grew and with the help of his elder sister he joined naachghar, his first theater training and from there was no looking back. Bijay has participated in numerous filmmaking workshops and plays. This is his maiden effort as a director.

    SYNOPSIS

    People have boundaries but they always want to get beyond those. What would happen if a person gets a chance to live out of all the boundaries? Would you really feel like a free man if you had no boundaries.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Darwin Lungeli, Satish Prasai, Bipul Pandey, Deepak Sapkota, Niranjan Regmi, Meera Gurung, Sandesh Shakya , Rupesh Subedi and Rabgaa Tenzin Tuladhar

    Director/Writer : Bijay Tamrakar

    Director : Bijay Tamrakar

  • GUDDU

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Chogyal Rinpoche
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 5’48”

    Director´s biography

    Chogyal Rinpoche was born in Nepal and he entered monastic life at the age of 5. Rinpoche started "Sertshang Orphanage Home” in 2002 a music academy for underprivileged children in Kalimpong, India and founded the Tibetan Medical Institute in the earthquake zone in Yushu, China, he also helped to establish a home for HIV children. He founded BIA Foundation which is currently employing Nepali disabled people in different Institutes.

    SYNOPSIS

    In an orphanage, there is a vigil and prayer being held for earthquake victims while some children prepare relief materials to be distributed. In the midst of this is Guddu, a mischievous little girl who has her eyes on the sweets kept for the relief. Just as the in-charge is about to leave for the relief work, Guddu hands her the sweets which she had taken from the prayer table and asks them to be distributed as well.

    CREDITS:

    Director/Producer : Chogyal Rinpoche

    Writer : Emanuel Vikram Shah

    Director : Chogyal Rinpoche

  • KHANA KHAM NA

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Nawa Bijaya Shrestha
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Nawa Bijaya Shrestha is a filmmaker and photographer from Nepal who graduated from Oscar School of film Studies. In 2015, he directed “The Magic Trang”, a short film that won the Outstanding Presentation Award in the annual Thailand International Film Destination Festival. Another directorial effort from him, “ek soch…”,won the Public Choice Award in a national competition organized by Interface Nepal. Many of his other film and photography works have been also selected and awarded by major national events including Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    A family affected by the devastating earthquake of 2015 has been compelled to shift from their house to, two rented rooms. The film explores the life changing aftermath through a dinner time routine.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Palistha Shrestha, Luma Shrestha, Sarita Duwal, Nawa Shrestha

    Director/Writer : Nawa Bijay Shrestha

    Producer : Sarita Duwal

    Director : Nawa Bijay Shrestha

  • LAKAAN- THE SHOES

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Sunita Bade
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 4’21”

    Director´s biography

    Sunita Bade was born in Bhaktapur, Nepal and graduated in Journalism and Mass Communication. Sunita also completed 2years of Diploma Course in Film Making. She has assisted several FTII students’ short films and worked on TVC too. "Lakaan - The Shoes" is the first short film she has written and directed. She is a freelancer and also, a Production Coordinator at 3D Animation Studio in Nepal.

    SYNOPSIS

    The main character in this short film represents the human thought, that can corrupt any time. He initially wears shabby shoes and then new shoes which does not change what he is. He travels to different locations throughout but the inner him remains the same. He steals the shoes, cycle and misbehaves with a girl in the park. He succeeds to escape the first two but in the last act the girl in the park fights back which defines the Karma theory and the women empowerment.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Visakh Menikot & Charul Agrawal

    Writer/Producer/Director : Sunita Bade

    Director : Sunita Bade

  • FHUKPA (CAVE )

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Pasang Dawa Sherpa
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Hyolmo
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Pasang Dawa Sherpa born in Sindhupalchok Nepal. He graduated from Oscar International College, Nepal. His graduate film ‘Kyar Kyar Pankha’ was selected in the ‘Changing Perspective’ section of “Ekadeshma” Film Festival 2014 and also won the audience choice award. Sherpa worked as an assistant director in some feature films and short films during his college days.

    SYNOPSIS

    Fhukpa (Cave) is a Struggle of Lakhpa Hyolmo who is always searching for the light that comes from the unknown. After her mother's death she thinks more about her life teachings, which comes by situation and time. It does not take much time for her to learn that being wealthy does not mean anything in life and that humanity make sense.

    CREDITS:

    Cast : Pema hyolmo , Gyalmu hyolmo, Sonam phurpa hyolmo

    Writer/Editor /Director : Pasang Dawa Sherpa

    Cinematographer : Pasang Dawa Sherpa

    Director : Bibek Khadka

  • DHUMMA BADAL

    • World Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Animatic Vibes Design
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Nepali
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 13’26”

    Director´s biography

    ANIMATIC Vibes Design is a creative organization that works on designing, animation and multimedia. With the limitless effort of our creative and passionate team, we have successfully completed various projects in video production and audio production.

    SYNOPSIS

    Raju, lives in the heart of Kathmandu valley. His life revolves around his single mother, his little sister and his friends from the street. One gloomy day in the streets of Thamel, he meets a guy named Tony, and his life changes.

    CREDITS:

    Director : Animatic Vibes Design

    Presented by : Saathi

    Financial Support : TDHNL

    Story : Krishna Dip Sigdel, DhurbaGhimire, Yasu Shrestha

    Concept and Technical Support : Rana, SamjhanaKachyapati

    Animators : Suman Maharjan, UjwalTamang

    Digital Artist : Menuka Rai, SanamMaharjan, Sabin KC

    Editing and compositing : SanjuPrajapati, Senu Lama Tamang

    Dialogue and Sound Design : Karmesh Shrestha

    Background Score : SanishMaharjan, Dinesh Maharjan

    Director : Animatic Vibes Design

  • Sophie Bourdon and Thierry Jobin and TseringRhitar Sherpa

    Moderator: Sushrat Acharya

    Exploring opportunities of various European film funds for Nepali filmmakers.

  • Money matters

    Om Gurung, Ram Krishna Pokharel, BishwoaGauchan

    Moderator: Soham Dhakal

    Financing short films and ways to secure returns on investments.

  • Opening Doors

    Sophie Bourdon, Min Bahadur Bham and Ram Krishna Pokharel.

    Moderator: Prachanda Man Shrestha

    Orientation on Locarno Open Doors, whose special focus for the next three years is eight South Asian countries including Nepal.

  • Social reform through cinema

    SubarnaThapa, Manisha Dhakal andYuvakarRajkarnikar, Bharat Man Shrestha

    Moderator: Diwas K.C.

    Mirroring social reality through cinema and exploring its social reformist role.

  • Working with non-actors

    AbhiManyu Dixit, Min Bahadur Bham, Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet

    Moderator: Anup Baral

    Amateur or Authentic: Challenges and opportunities in working with non-actors.

  • JHA LO

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTORS : Khenpola Shenang Gyamjo Tamang
    • COUNTRY : Nepal
    • LANGUAGE : Tibetian
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2016
    • RUNNING TIME : 15’

    Director´s biography

    Shenang Gyamjo Tamang is a Buddhist monk and teacher at Shechen Monastery, Nepal where he teaches Buddhist philosophy with his doctoral degree. Besides this spiritual and religious attachment, he has a strong desire and passion to make film. JHA LO (Year of the Bird) is his directorial debut fiction film.

    SYNOPSIS

    TASHI, a troubled young monk with no perspective is sent to a retreat center, far from the monastery, with his master PALJOR, an old monk, who is suffocating from guilt. These two- troubled souls left alone at the retreat center and their encounter in each other's existence alter both their lives forever.

    CREDITS

    Cast : Jigme Palden ,Thiley Gurung

    Director : Shelnang Gyamjo Tamang

    Producers : Ram Krishna Pokharel ,Min Bahadur Bham

    Screenplay : Abinash Bikram Shah

    Cinematography : Narendra Mainali

    Art Director : Suman Nidhi Sharma

    Editor : Kiran Shrestha

    Sound : Bipin Sthapit

    Directors : Shelnang Gyamjo Tamang

  • SNIPER OF KOBANI

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Reber Dosky
    • COUNTRY : Netherlands
    • LANGUAGE : Kurdish
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2015
    • RUNNING TIME : 12’08”

    Director´s biography

    Reber Dosky (1975) is a Kurdish / Dutch filmmaker, who finished his study in directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. Dosky shows in his films short stories of human relationships and puts them in a broader social context.

    SYNOPSIS

    The Sniper of Kobani is a portrait of Haron, a Kurdish fighter who came to the Syrian town of Kobani to end the Islaic State occupation. Haron works as a sniper, amidst the enormous ruins of the city. In his hide-out, he reflects on his hopes and nightmares.

    CREDITS:

    Director: Reber Dosky

    Producer : Jos de Putter

    Cinematographer : Nina Badoux

    Additional Camera : Reber Dosky

    Sound : Taco Drijfhout

    Editor : Stefan Hickert

    Composer : Wouter van Bemm

    Director: Reber Dosky

  • THE LIVING NEED LIGHT, THE DEAD NEED MUSIC

    • Nepal Premiere

    • DIRECTOR : Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero
    • COUNTRY : Vietnam
    • LANGUAGE : Vietnamese
    • DATE OF PRODUCTION : 2014
    • RUNNING TIME : 21’15”

    Director´s biography

    The Propeller Group was established in 2006 as a cross-disciplinary structure for creating ambitious art projects. With backgrounds in visual art, film and video, Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen created the collective to harness the synergetic spirit encountered in large –scale production efforts.

    SYNOPSIS

    A colourful funeral procession travels from Ho Chi Minh City for a visual, musical tour of the eccentric funeral traditions and rituals of Southern Vietnam. Cultures linked by the raw symphony of a brass band.

    CREDITS:

    Director/Editor/Writer:The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero )

    Production : The Propeller Group , Ho Chi Minh City

    Cinematography : Phunam Thuc Ha

    Distribution : TPG Films , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Director : The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Matt Lucero )

Screening Schedule

OPENING CEREMONY ( ONLY FOR INVITEES ) FRIDAY , 11 NOVEMBER, 4:30 PM

    • 9:30 AM, AND LIFE GOES ON , Slot 1
    • WINDS OF FURNACE, Yamil Quintana, MEXICO, 13’

      Three friends in urban Mexico straddle the boundary between childhood and adult life.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:30 AM, AND LIFE GOES ON , Slot 1
    • FAT BOY NEVER SLIM, Sorayos Prapapan, THAILAND, 15’

      Under the rule of military junta in 2015, two fat schoolboys don’t want to serve in the military when they turn 21.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:30 AM, AND LIFE GOES ON , Slot 1
    • BUS STORY, Jorge Yudice, SPAIN, 11’

      As any day on the morning bus, he finds an unknown girl napping.But today she might miss her stop. Should he wake her up?

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:30 AM, AND LIFE GOES ON , Slot 1
    • SHAMBHALA, Michael Roth, NEPAL, 13’

      In rural Nepal, a young wife struggles against the reality that her marriage is not what she imagined it to be.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:30 AM, AND LIFE GOES ON , Slot 1
    • GUDDU, Rinpoche Chogyal, NEPAL, 6’

      In an orphanage, there is a prayer being held for earthquake victims while children prepare relief materials to disseminate.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:15, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 1
    • MADRE, Simon Mesa Soto, SWEDEN, 14’

      A village girl travels to town to audition for a porn film.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:15, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 1
    • 4:15pm THE END OF THE WORLD, Gabi Virginia Sara/ Catalin Rotaru, ROMANIA, 15’

      A courier takes a crazy hitchhiker on the road.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:15, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 1
    • EXTINCTION, Iram Parveen Bilal, USA. 16’

      A struggling single mother is forced to choose between morality and law.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:15, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 1
    • CASIMIR EFFECT, Sirish Gurung, UK/Nepal, 10’

      Pragmatic brother and imaginative sister share their points of view.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 12:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 2
    • EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, Patrick Vollrath, GERMANY/AUSTRIA, 30’

      A divorced father takes his daughter on a fateful journey.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 12:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 2
    • RATE ME, Fyzal Boulifa, UK, 15’

      A portrait of teenage escort, ‘Coco’.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 12:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 2
    • LAAJ, Sushan Prajapati, NEPAL, 20’

      A bonded labor is suddenly set free!

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 2:35, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 2
    • CHHAYA, Debanjan Nandy, UK/INDIA, 10’

      An old man is trapped in a mundane senior center living by the memory of his beloved wife.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 2:35, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 2
    • DOBRO, Marta Harnaiz, MEXICO, 15’

      Two women gets into an endless fight.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 2:35, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 2
    • SINGHADURBAR, Prabesh Poudel, NEPAL, 13’

      An injured activist travels to meet his party’s leader in the Prime Minister’s office.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 2:35, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 2
    • SINGHADURBAR, Prabesh Poudel, NEPAL, 13’

      An injured activist travels to meet his party’s leader in the Prime Minister’s office.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 2:35, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 2
    • AAHAL, Shankar Dhital, NEPAL, 17’

      A man begins his journey from the grave carrying only a piece of wood.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 4:20, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 4
    • JUNILYN HAS, Carlo Francisco Manatad, PHILIPPINES, 15’

      A dancer in a nightclub has to learn new moves to attract more customers.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 4:20, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 4
    • PIKNIK, Jure Palvovic, CROATIA, 13’

      An adolescent is running late on his way to a picnic with his father.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 4:20, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 4
    • AVE MARIA, Basil Khalil, PALESTINE/FRANCE/GERMANY, 15’

      Nuns, with the Sabbath approaching, forge an unorthodox plan to get home.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 4:20, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 4
    • CHANDRA, Fateme Ahmadi/Ashmita Sirish. UK/NEPAL, 15’

      Chandra and his grandfather have to travel on foot through earthquake-hit Kathmandu to get to the hospital.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 6:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 5
    • BAD HUNTER, Sahim Omar Kalifa, BELGIUM/UAE/IRAQ, 14’

      A young man witnesses a rape while hunting in rural Kurdistan.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 6:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 5
    • ANOTHER CITY, Pham Ngoc Lan, VIETNAM, 25’

      Various people seek proximity in the anonymity of a big city.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 6:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 5
    • THE BATHTUB, Tim Ellrich, GERMANY, 13’

      Three brothers prepare an original gift for their mother.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 2
    • SNIPER OF KOBANI, Reber Dosky, NETHERLANDS, 13’

      A Kurdish sniper, comes to Kobani (Syria) to end the Islamic State Occupation.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 2
    • AMDABAD MA FAMOUS, Hardik Mehta, INDIA, 30’

      An innocent 11-year-old boy transforms into an aggressive and passionate kite-runner.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 2
    • LAKAAN- THE SHOES, Sunita Bade, NEPAL, 5’

      Will stealing new shoes change who a young man’s inner-self?

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 2
    • BOX CITY, Bijay Tamrakar, NEPAL, 20’

      Life, despite within boundaries, is about overcoming struggles and tasting victories.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:40, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 1
    • CACHORRO LOKO, Igor Shin Moromisato, GERMANY, 6’

      Not every road will lead to success.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:40, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 1
    • GUDH, Saurav Rai, INDIA, 28’

      Reminiscence of childhood memories.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:40, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 1
    • FOX FEARS, Miyo Sato, JAPAN, 8’

      A young boy learns an old superstition about fox on his way to a village festival.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:40, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 1
    • DHYANGRO, Raj Kumar Rai, NEPAL, 11’

      A local Shaman refuses to help a farmer’s dying son.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 1:20, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 1
    • THE RED DOOR, Tashi Gyeltshen, BHUTAN. 16’

      May be death is as mundane as opening a door.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 1:20, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 1
    • THE MONK IN THE FOREST, Karma Wangchuk, BHUTAN. 11’

      A fearful and lonely monk is lost in a forest.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 1:20, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 1
    • A SONG OF SILENCE, Kelzang Dorjee, BHUTAN, 18’

      Beyond what we can hear, see and perceive, there is a world of dreams and imagination.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 3:40, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 3
    • HOUSE ARREST, Matthias Sahli, SWITZERLAND, 14’

      A man gets help from an electronic ankle bracelet to assist him in his needs.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 3:40, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 3
    • A TERRIBLE BEAUTY, Sarah Jane Woulahan, AUSTRALIA, 12’

      A girl questions her belief in a world without suffering and nature of love.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 3:40, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 3
    • PAIN IN SILENCE, Yujian Li, CHINA, 19’

      A 13-year-old boy has to face life by himself while his parents are dying.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 3:40, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 3
    • THE DESIGNER, Arpan Thapa, NEPAL, 9’

      Illusion of choice: coincidence, faith, belief, and time.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 5:20, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 1
    • ON THE ROOF, Damian Serra, SPAIN, 11’

      A group of young boys spy on a girl who sunbathes naked on the terrace.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 5:20, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 1
    • COLORS, Peter Lee Scott, UK, 25’

      A bold and unflinching look at homosexual prejudice in football.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 5:20, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 1
    • DAARAVTHA, Nishant Roy Bombarde, INDIA, 30’

      An adolescent boy struggles between his desires and confines of a conservative society.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 5:20, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 1
    • VIKTOR, Ann Prim, USA, 11’

      A Russian-American family is torn apart by a secret.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 5:20, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 1
    • PURPLE, Saroj Shrestha, NEPAL, 5’

      When two men daydream under the clouds, their bodies are freed from all social constraints.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • N THE WAVES, Ying Fang Shen, USA, 6’

      Metaphorical depiction of how different lives meet, love, and begin new journeys. .

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • THE REVOLUTION HUNTER, Margarida Rego, PORTUGAL, 11’

      A story of the relationship between two generations, two different times and two different fights.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • 6:05”, Shohreh Reayati, IRAN, 7’

      A girl who has decided to flee her homeland and past embarks on a journey to find salvation.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • MORIOM, Francesca Scalisi / Mark Olexa, SWITZERLAND/BANGLADESH, 12’

      A strange young woman says her parents must be punished for holding her prisoner.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • SANKALPA, Santosh Dahal, Nepal, 17’

      A 40-year- old man faces a dilemma: whether or not to re-marry after his wife’s death.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:45, AND LIFE GOES ON, Slot 3
    • KALLI, Rahesh Bhaju, NEPAL, 15’

      A young housewife needs to make big decisions on how to cope with the patriarchal and traditional mindset of the society.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 7
    • THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL, Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, BRAZIL, 14’

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

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 7
    • SUPOT, Phil Giordano, PHILIPPINES/USA, 12’

      A boy escapes circumcision ceremony, but he has to prove his father that he’s a man.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 7
    • HOLD ON. Charlotte Scott Wilson. NETHERLANDS. 22’

      A young cellist is anxious when a cello string comes lose.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 11:45, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 7
    • DADYAA, Pooja Gurung/Bibhusan Basnet, NEPAL. 17’

      A couple’s village is haunted by memories.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 1:45, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • SARUS, K. Govinda Raju, INDIA, 20’

      A 14-year-old lives an idyllic life in a small fishing village.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 1:45, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • ANANTA YATRA, Sunil Pandey, NEPAL, 15’

      An old woman journeys towards eternity when she is fatally stricken by the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 1:45, FUTURE OF CINEMA, Slot 3
    • NAAD, Rupesh Ghimire, NEPAL, 25’

      A villager shelters a traveler in his home.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 1

    • 9:30, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 6
    • NIGHT FLY, Aziz Zhambakiyev, KAZAKHSTAN, 27’

      A girl is trapped in a life devoid of purpose.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:30, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 6
    • LOST VILLAGE, George Todria, SPAIN/GEORGIA, 15’

      A man and a woman are the only ones living in an abandoned village.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 9:30, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 6
    • E.T.E.R.N.I.T., Giovani Aloi, FRANCE, 14’

      A Tunisian immigrant is ready to welcome his wife and daughter in Italy.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 8
    • OFF SEASON, Yelzat Eskendir, KAZAKHSTAN, 20

      An elderly couple struggle to survive a winter and loneliness.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 8
    • THE SILENCE, Ali Asgari/ Farnoosh Samadi, ITALY/FRANCE, 15’

      Fatma has to translate her mother’s diagnosis but she keeps silent.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 8
    • A DEAD MAN, Jasyn Howes, SOUTH AFRICA, 9’

      A man finds himself wounded alone in a desert.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 11:05, CHANGING PERSPECTIVE, Slot 8
    • LAW OF THE LAMB, Lotfi Achour, FRANCE/TUNISIA, 15’

      Police stops an old man and his grandson on their way to sell sheep.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 12:40, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 2
    • HASTE SLOWLY, Chand Bhattarai, BHUTAN, 8’

      The resonance of sinking and scattering of the mind.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 12:40, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 2
    • LO SUM CHOE SUM, Dechen Roder, BHUTAN, 21’

      A young, wounded girl faces the harsh gaze of the world.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 12:40, ENTER THE DRAGON, Slot 2
    • A FORGOTTEN STORY, Tashi Gyeltshen, BHUTAN, 7’

      A glitzy modern kettle replaces a traditional tea kettle.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 2:00, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 2
    • HOLE, Martin Edralin, CANADA, 15’

      A daring portrait of a disabled man’s yearning for intimacy.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 2:00, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 2
    • ANY OTHER DAY, Srikant Ananthkrishan, Vikrant Dhote, INDIA, 12’

      Two police officers create a public spectacle of a gay couple’s intimate relationship.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 2:00, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 2
    • VICTOR XX , Ian Garrido, SPAIN, 21’

      Victor likes to experiment with his gender.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

    • 2:00, LOVE LETTERS, Slot 2
    • SAN CRISTOBAL, Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo, CHILE, 29’

      Two lovers find mutual calm in their uncertain futures.

    • QFX, KUMARI, HALL 2

juries awards

  • Rajesh Hamal

    Rajesh Hamal is a veteran of the Nepali cinema industry. He won his first acting award "Best Actor Debut" award in 1989 for the film Yug Dekhi Yug Samma. Hamal is the recipient of 12 National "Best Actor" awards and 28 other awards.

    He began his career as a model during his college years for Fashion Net, an Indian magazine in 1985. His film career began with Yug Dekhi Yug Samma in 1988, now considered a cult film. He is considered a prominent figure in bringing professionalism in the Nepali movie industry. Hamal has over 230 Nepali films under his belt.

    Hamal is also uncredited philanthropist and is currently serving as Goodwill Ambassador for the Building Back Right initiative to promote reconstruction after the April 25 earthquake. He is also involved with various initiatives against child and bonded labor.

  • Sophie Bourdon

    Sophie Bourdon is the new Head of the section Open Doors at Festival del film Locarno, consisting two main activities: a coproduction Hub presenting 8 projects from the highlighted region to European and international decision makers and a 5-day Lab targeted at the new generation of producers and filmmakers from the chosen countries. The regional focus in 2016, 2017 & 2018, will be on South Asian countries.

    Sophie has a 25-year experience in the European and international film industry, she has served as Chief Executive of the European organisation ACE – Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, for 11 years (2000-2011) during which she supported 200 or so independent producers through the creation of the ACE Network (over 40 represented countries), designed workshops and seminars and contributed to open up the doors of ACE to non-EU producers.

    Prior to ACE, she worked as an international sales agent for 9 years in Paris (for the companies MK2, Mercure Distribution) with filmmakers such as Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen and Samira Makhmalbaf, Jonathan Nossiter.

    She is a Member of the European Film Academy.

  • Tsering Rhitar Sherpa

    Born in Nepal, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa studied Mass Communication at the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. His 1997 film "The Spirit Doesn't Come Anymore", a documentary film profiling an old Tibetan shaman earned him the Best Film Award in FILM SOUTH ASIA, Kathmandu and Best Indigenous Filmmaker of the Year at Parnu Anthropological Film Festival, Estonia.

    In 2000, he made MUKUNDO (Mask of Desire) Nepali feature film, widely shown at International Film Festivals, and was Nepal's Official Entry for Academy Awards (OSCAR) in Best Foreign Language Film Section in 2000. In 2006, he produced and directed KARMA – a feature film about two Buddhist nuns on a journey to track down an elusive businessman and recover the nunnery’s money loaned to him. Karma was screened in many international film festivals.

    His next was a Nepali feature film UMA and then followed a 13-part TV series SINGHA DURBAR. He also produced KALO POTHI (2015) and SETO SURYA (2016) both of which went on to be screened in the most reputed international film festivals. Tsering Rhitar Sherpa’s latest production is PAHUNCH – a 13-part Reality TV Show – produced in partnership with ‘Search for Common Ground.’

  • Yubakar Raj Rajkarnikar

    Yubakar Raj Rajkarnikar has experience of over 8 years in peace building and over two decades in media and communication – with experience in project design and management; designing and producing, media trainings and writing. He has produced video documentaries, television programmes (including two 13-part series), films and audio/ visual initiatives.

    He has managed a community radio station, trained journalists across the country in developing content for social change, and experience in media researches. His experience in media expands from commercial to development communications.

    He has also been a member of the selection team at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival for many years. Yubakar is the Director of Programs at Search for Common Ground Nepal leading quality and innovative peacebuilding initiatives.

  • Subarna Thapa

    Filmmaker Subarna Thapa was born in Nepal but has been living 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, Malami (Funeral) – 2008, has been screened and awarded in different international short film festivals across the world and was also broadcast on France 3. His other short, Chhora (Son) was an official selection at Bushan international film festival, 2014.

    SOONGAVA-dance of the orchids is his first feature film and also the first film in the 60 years of Nepal’s cinema history to tackle the theme of same-sex relationships. The film was also Nepal’s official submission to the Oscar in foreign language category in 2014.

  • Tashi Gyeltshen

    Tashi Gyeltshen worked as a journalist before delving into filmmaking. A self-taught filmmaker, he wrote and directed his first short Girl With a Red Sky in 2008. His third short, The Red Door, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014), the Netherlands, and was also an official selection at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, Hongkong International Film Festival, Honkong, Jaipur International Film Festival, India among other festivals around the world.

    He attended 19. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland in 2015 as a panel member in the discussion program, Land im Fokus: Bhutan/Nepal where two of his shorts were screened.

    Tashi’s debut feature project The Red Phallus was selected for Open Doors Hub programme at Festival del film Locarno 2016 and won a production grant award of Swiss Francs 20,000. The film will be shot in the beginning of 2017.

    Tashi also won Best Screenplay Award at the Bhutan’s National Film Awards in 2009. He writes frequently for newspapers and magazines.

  • Tsering Choden

    Tsering Choden is a Kathmandu-based independent filmmaker with experience in direction, screen-writing and audio/visual editing. An avid film enthusiast and a self-taught filmmaker, Tsering’s journey into film-making started with a self-shot and edited film about her trip to Mt. Kailash in 2003 using a basic Hi-8 handycam. Winning the Democracy is… Video Challenge from the South and Central Asia region in 2009, organized by the US Department of State, gave a real fillip to her aspirations and since then, she has been increasingly involved with films and film-making.

    Tsering’s recent and most notable works include, Uma, a feature length Nepali film about two siblings during the People's War in Nepal where she wrote the screenplay while also acting as the associate director/producer and Singha Durbar, a 13-episode TV drama for Search For Common Ground (SFCG), for which she was the associate director, both produced by Mila Productions and directed by Tsering Rhitar Sherpa.

    She is currently a media specialist for SFCG, and is the producer for their latest reality TV game show, Pahunch.

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