Dharamshala: Aimed to encourage and develop filmmaking talent in the Indian Himalayan regions by offering mentorship opportunities with established filmmakers, Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF)2018, in association with the Department of Language Art & Culture, Himachal Pradesh, announces the launch of the fifth Film Fellows Programme.
Gurmehar Anand, Festival Coordinator, DIFF 2018 informed,”This year, the programme will focus specifically on filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh. The programme is open to anyone, between the ages of 18 and 45 years, who hold a bonafide Himachali certificates. The deadline for applying to this programme is 24 September 2018.”
Anand added that a jury made up of eminent filmmakers will review all applicants and the final selection of the five fellows will be announced by 1st October 2018.
Previous DIFF Film Fellows have come from across the Himalayan region, from Ladakh all the way to Arunachal Pradesh, and are now engaged in various stages of their filmmaking career.
Siddharth Chauhan, last year’s film fellow from Himachal Pradesh, and the director of Pashi(2017), says: “DIFF Film Fellows Programme was a break I desperately needed in my life and career. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, young people and the amazing two mentors (filmmakers Gurvinder Singh and KesangTseten) I got to learn and unlearn so many facets of filmmaking.”