Head To Dharamshala For This Unique Film Festival

The 11th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival will showcase 80 films from 32 countries
A still from The Daughter
A still from The Daughter

After a hiatus of two years, the cinema community will once again congregate in Dharamshala for the annual Dharamshala International Film Festival, slated to be held from 3-6 November. 

Where and When

A mecca for cinema lovers, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), a stone&rsquos throw from the main square of McLeod Ganj, will reverberate with the latest and finest indie films from India and around the world. The 11t edition of the festival will be held in a physical format, a welcome change from the virtual celebration that marked a cinematic tour de force. And for those who can not make it to the town in the foothills of the Himalayas, a digital edition of DIFF 2022 will go online from 7 to 13 November, albeit with a limited lineup. 

What&rsquos New

TIPA&rsquos new auditorium will showcase 80 films from 32 countries, including 21 feature films, 16 documentaries and 43 short films. Additionally, all films at DIFF will be screened at Picturetime&rsquos inflatable theatre. These theatres put up by Picture Time Digiplex, a mobile theatre company that uses these theatres to take films to rural areas and the interiors of the country where there are no theatre screens, are 150 seaters equipped with air condition and 5.1 Dolby system that give you an experience of watching a film in a high tech theatre. 


In addition to movies, DIFF&rsquos 2022 lineup includes shorts, animation, and children&rsquos films, as well as masterclasses and workshops such as Celluloid Kaarigar - An intro to shooting and hand-developing 16 mm film. 

This year&rsquos line-up of Indian features includes All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent Night) by Gurvinder Singh Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award Winner, Dharti Latar Re Horo (Tortoise Under the Earth) by Shishir Jha Dhuin by Achal Mishra Jhini Bini Chadariya (The Brittle Thread) by Ritesh Sharma and Pedro by Natesh Hegde among others. 

History of DIFF

Filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam started the Dharamshala International Film Festival in 2012, to provide a platform for alternative cinema to showcase its strength. One of India&rsquos leading independent film festivals, DIFF continues to bring together filmmakers and aficionados for an enthralling festival. 

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