1. “13 Reasons Why” may up suicide risk among vulnerable teens: Study
  2. ‘People still discovering digital platform’
  3. ‘#MeToo a warning against misusing authority’
  4. Margot Robbie reveals official title of ‘Birds of Prey’ film
  5. Rape case filed against Alok Nath after complaint by writer-producer
  6. History lied about Vincent Van Gogh, says Willem Dafoe
  7. Unrealistic to compare shelf-life of heroes and heroines: Preity Zinta
  8. ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to release in India on January 4
  9. Unfortunately, drug business unites us all: ‘Narcos’ producer Eric Newman
  10. Sara is a born star: Kareena Kapoor
  11. First look poster Richa Chadha’s ‘Shakeela’ out
  12. Being the ‘beautiful young thing’ worried Jude Law
  13. ‘Arranged Marriage’ is a progressive film, says Patralekhaa
  14. Gap between mainstream, festival genre films reducing: Shoojit
  15. You need to be shameless as actor, says Aparshakti Khurrana
  16. Padma Shri awardee ad filmmaker Alyque Padamsee passes away at 90
  17. We are throwing world’s biggest mouse party to celebrate 90 years of Mickey: Disney executive
  18. J K Simmons to star in ‘Veronica Mars’ revival
  19. If action sequences can be choreographed, why not intimate scenes: Kalki
  20. Tom Cruise is too short to keep playing Jack Reacher, says author Lee Child
  21. Stan Lee laid to rest in private funeral
  22. ‘The Bone Collector’ series in development at NBC
  23. Chris Hemsworth concludes India shoot of Netflix’s ‘Dhaka’
  24. Life is total chaos: Hugh Grant on fatherhood
  25. Newlyweds Deepika-Ranveer arrive in India
  26. Neha Dhupia-Angad Bedi welcome baby girl
  27. I like to be criticised as it makes me aware, says Amitabh Bachchan
  28. Rapper Lil Xan announces he’s going to rehab
  29. If you are satisfied, it gets boring: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ star Rami Malek
  30. Marvel and Walt Disney remember the legacy of Stan Lee in a heartfelt tribute video
  31. Special screening of Sholay and Hichki for the visually impaired at IFFI 2018
  32. Gina Carano joins cast of ‘The Mandalorian’
  33. Michael B Jordan clarifies comments about black mythology
  34. Netflix cancels ‘Narcos: Mexico’ red carpet due to LA wildfires
  35. Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh wedding: Private nuptials after public declaration of love
  36. IFFI 2018 to open with the World Premiere of ‘The Aspern Papers’
  37. ‘You against me’ rhetoric growing in politics: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ star Diego Luna
  38. I felt invisible growing up: Viola Davis
  39. Karan Johar apologises for hurting sentiments of the Northeast
  40. Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh wedding: Private nuptials after public declaration of love
  41. Sam Worthington to star in untitled action thriller from Netflix
  42. Rashtraputra (Review)
  43. Morricone denies slamming Tarantino, threatens to sue over ‘false’ interview
  44. Pain gives birth to something stronger, deeper: Nandita Das
  45. Stardom easiest way for an actor to get corrupted: Naseeruddin Shah
  46. Chris Pine questions reactions to his nude scene in ‘Outlaw King’
  47. ‘Baazigar’ was shot with two endings, reveal Abbas-Mustan
  48. Quentin Tarantino ‘a cretin,’ says Italian composer Ennio Morricone
  49. Akshay Kumar, Chitrangada Singh, Reema Kagti and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, along with other filmmakers, to be present at IFFI 2018
  50. IFFI 2018 features Retrospective of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birth anniversary
  51. Want to imbibe Kareena’s professionalism: Sara Ali Khan
  52. ‘Sarkar’ crew get-together: Cake steals the show
  53. Pain gives birth to something stronger, deeper: Nandita Das
  54. Aerosmith Joe Perry hospitalised, doing well
  55. Nothing offensive in ‘Kedarnath’: Makers
  56. Lily Collins wants to work with Sandra Bullock
  57. Harry Shum Jr, Shelby Rabara expecting first child
  58. Films are very designed these days, says screenwriter Urmi Juvekar
  59. Netflix is disrupting the system in India, says Madhuri Dixit
  60. Huma Qureshi excited to work with Deepa Mehta
  61. BJP alleges film “Kedarnath” promoting love jihad, demands ban
  62. Seven new and exciting character posters of “Aquaman” revealed
  63. Netflix orders a new animated feature ‘My Father’s Dragon’ from Cartoon Saloon
  64. The ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ trailer released
  65. Aamir suggested Shah Rukh to take up Rakesh Sharma biopic
  66. YRF’s Thugs of Hindostan set to collect over 50 crore on Day 1, the iconic Aamir-Amitabh pair create Box Office History!
  67. Ezra Miller reveals #MeToo story, was harassed as minor
  68. ‘Breaking Bad’ movie in the works
  69. ‘Paddington 3’ in the works
  70. Chinese audience has phenomenal love, respect for Indian actors: Rani Mukerji
  71. Shweta Tripathi-Vikrant Massey play Astronauts in ‘Cargo’
  72. Rebel Wilson tweets apology after backlash over ‘plus-sized’ claims
  73. Noah Centineo to star in Assaf Bernstein’s ‘Valet’
  74. The Chainsmokers set up production house, to make film based on song ‘Paris’
  75. Ben Foster to star in boxing drama ‘Harry Haft’
  76. Hyderabad to host Asia’s finest film festival this December
  77. The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to commence in Goa from 20th-28th Nov will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries
  78. ‘Badhaai Ho’ enters Rs 100 crore club
  79. Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Pahuna’ to hit the screens on December 7
  80. Now Rihanna forbids Trump to use her songs at rallies
  81. Jane Fonda likens Trump to Hitler
  82. Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd welcome daughter
  83. I often think about Freddie Mercury’s formative years in India: Rami Malek
  84. The 7th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival 2018 concluded with Aijaz Khan’s Hamid which was screened to a packed house
  85. Kolkata actor joins international cast of unique play in UK
  86. Work harder when I think I am not good enough, says Shah Rukh Khan
  87. Aanand L Rai took me on unexpected journey with ‘Zero’, says Katrina
  88. I can never get bored of doing comedy: Shreyas Talpade
  89. Ewan McGregor to star as villain Black Mask in ‘Birds of Prey’
  90. Dakota Fanning to star in ‘Sweetness in the Belly’
  91. Manoj Bajpayee at DIFF 18 says he is glad that Bhonsle has given him a chance to be at the festival
  92. Nosferatu – Resurrecting Count Orlok from The Grave
  93. Tom Hughes, Milla Jovovich to star in ‘Corto Maltese’
  94. Rana Daggubati joins ‘Housefull 4’ cast
  95. SAFF PROJECT MARKET: where film concepts go to become reality
  96. ATF KIDS’ SUMMIT 2018 attracts the industry’s biggest names
  97. ATF 2018 announces first batch of keynotes and speakers
  98. Behind consistent triumphs in scriptwriting
  99. Ricky Ow of Turner: An unstoppable force harnessing APAC’s potency
  100. Indian Panorama Announces Official Selection for 49th International Film Festival of India, 2018
  101. Naomi Watts cast as lead in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel
  102. Kolkata-born research scientist wins UK’s popular baking show
  103. ‘BoJack Horseman’ renewed by Netflix for season six
  104. ‘Lovesick’ makes its India premiere at MAMI
  105. Marathi music composer Yeshwant Deo dies
  106. Priyanka Chopra’s pre-wedding celebrations begin in NYC
  107. Filming of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ season 2 underway
  108. Dev Patel to make directorial debut
  109. Shakeela to make cameo in biopic
  110. I enjoy the struggle to get my films made: Manoj Bajpayee
  111. ‘The Simpsons’ showrunner refutes reports of Apu’s exit
  112. Shashank Khaitan’s next with Varun Dhwan an action film
  113. Manoj Bajpayee says he is glad to return to Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Bhonsle
  114. I have scared a lot of men, women, says Barbra Streisand
  115. Unfortunate that Bollywood is still star driven, says Shonali Bose
  116. Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton to star in George Miller’s next
  117. Shah Rukh Khan set to begin Rakesh Sharma biopic from Feb 2019
  118. When Swara Bhasker was rejected by a director for ‘looking intelligent’
  119. Jenna Dewan files for divorce from Channing Tatum
  120. The First Annual New York City TV Festival will showcase the best of world television to New Yorkers
  121. Netflix cancels ‘American Vandal’
  122. Can imagine life away from glamour: Jacquline Fernandez
  123. Alexander Skarsgard joins ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ cast
  124. Star Wars’ Boba Fett spin-off no longer in works
  125. I’m discovering my father late in life: Rohan Mehra
  126. Kevin Feige to receive Ryman Arts’ Creative Visionary Award
  127. ‘The Simpsons’ May Bid Goodbye to Apu After Backlash Over Stereotyping Indian Immigrants
  128. Aamir Khan the only daring actor: Vishal Bhardwaj
  129. add add Rana Daggubati, Bejoy Nambiar join MAMI board of trustees
  130. Would love to see our industry become cleaner, respectful of women: Rahman on #MeToo
  131. Unfortunate that my colleagues are fighting: Jackie Shroff on #MeToo
  132. Mercury biopic crowns enduring majesty of Queen
  133. I’m a late bloomer in some ways: Saif Ali Khan
  134. Steve Carrell joins Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon Apple drama
  135. Emma Thompson to star in ‘How to Build a Girl’
  136. Johnny Depp to play war photographer W Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’
  137. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ release pushed to 2020
  138. Cartoons on the Bay 2019 – International Cross-media Animation and Children’s Television Festival in Turin!
  139. Woody Allen won’t stop writing despite Hollywood condemnation
  140. Writers need to be paid respectable amount of money, says Rajkumar Hirani
  141. Tara Reid’s mother Donna dies
  142. add add ‘Padmaavat’ officially selected at 2018 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  143. I have too much ‘life experience’, says Julia Roberts
  144. Paula Abdul falls off stage at Mississippi gig
  145. Deepika-Ranveer to get married in November
  146. Over 400 theatres shut to protest against MP entertainment tax
  147. ‘Harold & Kumar’ director Danny Leiner dies at 57
  148. Anu Malik takes break from ‘Indian Idol’ amid sexual harassment allegations
  149. Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
  150. Harassment stories anger me: Raveena Tandon on #MeToo
  151. ‘Death on the Nile’ release date pushed to October 2020
  152. Hit Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!
  153. I know I’ve become a star but don’t want to believe it: Ayushmann
  154. Drishyam Films’ award-winning-short-film Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes) to have its India Premiere at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in the International Competition in Half Ticket
  155. First Chhota Bheem theatrical in 3d digital, trailer wows audiences on Dussera
  156. Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of harassment
  157. Idris Elba in talks for ‘Cats’ movie
  158. add add ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to end with season 7
  159. We were all aware of casting couch in Hollywood: Micheal Caine
  160. Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations
  161. ‘New Amsterdam’ an opportunity to challenge myself: Anupam Kher
  162. Making men priority was a big mistake: Neena Gupta
  163. #MeToo being used for character assassination: Anu Malik’s lawyer
  164. Raghu Rai and Manoj Bajpayee to attend 7th edition of DIFF with their respective films, Raghu Rai: An Unfinished Potrait and Bhonsle, Full line up announced today
  165. Asha Bhosle records puja song after over two decades
  166. Kit Harington will be done with Jon Snow after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale
  167. Chris Evans walk backs on his Captain America goodbye post
  168. Need closure to maintain my sanity: Grover on harassment accusation
  169. Bryan Adams makes it a night to remember in Gurgaon
  170. Tough to call sequels a safe bet: Arjun Kapoor
  171. Neha Dhupia wants to be unstoppable
  172. Russo Brothers wrap ‘Avengers 4’
  173. I don’t miss acting: Gwyneth Paltrow
  174. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  175. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  176. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  177. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  178. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  179. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  180. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  181. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  182. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  183. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  184. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  185. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  186. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  187. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  188. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  189. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  190. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  191. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  192. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  193. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  194. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  195. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  196. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  197. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  198. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  199. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  200. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  201. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  202. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  203. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  204. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  205. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  206. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  207. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  208. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  209. Dilip Kumar stable
  210. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  211. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  212. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  213. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  214. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  215. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  216. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  217. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  218. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  219. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  220. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  221. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  222. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  223. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  224. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  225. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  226. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  227. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  228. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  229. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  230. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  231. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  232. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  233. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  234. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  235. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  236. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  237. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  238. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  239. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  240. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  241. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  242. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  243. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  244. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  245. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  246. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  247. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  248. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  249. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  250. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  251. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  252. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  253. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  254. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  255. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  256. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  257. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  258. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  259. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  260. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  261. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  262. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  263. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  264. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  265. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  266. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  267. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  268. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  269. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  270. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  271. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  272. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  273. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  274. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  275. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  276. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  277. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  278. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  279. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  280. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  281. French TV exports on the rise
  282. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  283. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  284. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  285. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  286. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  287. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  288. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  289. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  290. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  291. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  292. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  293. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  294. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  295. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  296. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  297. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  298. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  299. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  300. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  301. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  302. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  303. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  304. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  305. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  306. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  307. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights

The seventh Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place from 1 to 4 November 2018 in the beautiful mountain town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala – home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the meeting point of a rich and cosmopolitan mix of people and cultures.

DIFF is presented by White Crane Arts & Media, a trust founded by filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to promote contemporary cinema, art and independent media practices in the Himalayan regions of India.

The first edition of DIFF was held in 2012. Since then, it has established itself as one of India’s leading independent film festivals. DIFF’s cutting-edge and eclectic programming – which includes many India premieres – and its policy of inviting as many directors as possible has made it one of the go-to events in any cinephile’s calendar. Last year, the films and side programmes at DIFF attracted a viewership of around 6000, of which at least 60% were from out of town from places as far away as Kerala, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Some of India’s best-known film critics and journalists from leading media houses were on hand to cover the event.

This year, for the third time in a row, the festival will take place in the peaceful environs of the Tibetan Children’s Village, a short distance from McLeod Ganj. Along with the two existing auditoriums at the school, this year DIFF is excited to partner with Delhi-based PictureTime to set up a mobile digital theatre with state-of-the-art projection facilities at the festival venue.

Festival Director Ritu Sarin says, “We endeavour to bring a slate of unusual and trailblazing narrative, documentary and short films from around the world, as well as showcasing some of the best recent Indian independent cinema, making it a rich experience for our audience.”

Festival directors Ritu and Tenzing are delighted with the way DIFF has evolved over the years and are determined to consolidate and improve upon the standards set by previous editions. Ritu says, “A festival like DIFF, taking place in a small town with very few resources and no cinema tradition as such, requires the support and dedication of numerous individuals and organisations, as well as interns and volunteers whose enthusiasm and passion are the engine that drives our festival.” I am grateful to our long-term collaborators Thyssen-Bornemsiza Art Contemporary, the Himachal Pradesh Government who is supporting us through its Departments of Tourism and Language, Arts & Culture, and our many partners, including the National Film Development Corporation, PictureTime, Wishberry, and Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.

Preliminary highlights from this year’s selection of films include:


Boom for Real (Sara Driver, USA, 2018)

Sara Driver’s documentary follows the pre-fame years of celebrated American artist Jean- Michael Basquiat and how New York City, the times, the people and its tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s shaped his vision.


Father to Son (Hsiao Ya-chuan, Taiwan, 2018)

Hsiao Ya-chuan’s official selection for the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) takes its viewers through two unknown journeys of self-reconciliation.

In the Intense Now (João Moreira Salles, Brazil, 2017)

A Panorama selection at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival, In the Intense Now is an immersive retelling of the Paris uprisings, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the Cultural Revolution in China using newsreel clips and home movies found through the late 1960s.

Little Forest (YIM Soon-rye, South Korea, 2018)

YIM Soon-rye of The Whistleblower and Forever the Moment fame, makes her return to the big screen with a coming-of-age story based on the 2002 Japanese manga of the same name, by Daisuke Igarashi.

A Long Way Home (Luc Schaedler, Switzerland, 2018)

A never-before heard or seen glimpse into the lives of five significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture, including the famous Gao Brothers, who shed light on the social problems in their country through their own unique perspective, bravery and wit.

Namme (Zaza Khalvashi, Georgia/Lithuania, 2017)

Zaza Khalvashi’s art fantasy drama is Georgia’s official entry to the Oscars 2019. Inspired by Georgian literature and folklore, Namme narrates the story of one family’s mission to take care of a local healing water and treat fellow sick villagers with it.


The Red Phallus (Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan, 2018)

Bhutanese director Tashi Gyemtshen’s stunning debut, The Red Phallus, takes place in the gloomy and remote central Bhutan valley of Phobjika, where 16-year-old life with her widower father – a traditional painter and craftsman specialized in making wooden phalluses. Her dark secret comes back to haunt her.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible, USA/Japan, 2017)

An insight into the life and legacy of the legendary Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man and movingly captures the creative process.


Balekempa (Ere Gowda, India, 2018)

FIPRESCI award winner at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018, Balekempa tells the story of unspoken desires and relationships that cluster around the lives of Kempanna, the bangle seller, and his wife set in Karnataka’s close-knit patriarchal community.


Ee.Ma.Yau (Lijo Jose Pellissery, India, 2018)

Cult Kerala filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery of Angamaly Diaries fame returns with a black comedy set in the coastal village of Chellanam, Kochi.

Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait (Avani Rai, India/Finland, 2018)

This intimate portrait of one of the world’s greatest photographers made its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, in November 2017. The story of Raghu Rai and his India is told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter during their travels in and around Kashmir.

One of DIFF’s primary goals is to promote and encourage filmmaking in Himachal Pradesh. This year’s Spotlight on Himachal includes the North Indian premiere of Ridham Janve’s The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain, a Gaddi-language feature film set in the Dhauladhar mountains with a cast of non-professional Gaddi shepherds. The director and his cast will present the film in person. Shimla-based filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan will also present his much-lauded short film, Pashi.


DIFF is proud to announce that this year, the DIFF Film Fellows initiative, which was established in 2014, will focus specifically on up-and-coming filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh. This is supported by HP Government’s Department of Language, Arts and Culture. Five filmmakers will be selected and mentored by renowned National Award-winning filmmaker Gurvinder Singh and award-winning documentary filmmaker Anupama Srinivasan.


This year, DIFF is also thrilled to host the first Dharamshala-PJLF Editing Workshop. This initiative is supported by NFDC. Two director-editor teams will be selected from across the country and mentored by internationally renowned editor Jacques Comets who co-headed the editing department at France’s leading film school, La Femis, along with editor and Artistic Director of the Kerala International Film Festival, Bina Paul, and producer and script/editing mentor Olivia Stewart.

DIFF has always recognised the importance of short films as a category in its own right and this year, for the fifth year in a row, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni has curated a selection of the best of current Indian shorts. In addition, DIFF is partnering with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to present a package of short films. The popular DIFF Children’s Film Programme is once again curated by Children’s Media Specialist, Monica Wahi.

DIFF looks forward to welcoming you to a showcase of stimulating, inspiring and innovative screenings and events.

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