Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIFF 2014 Announces the first DIFF Film Fellows

  The 3rd edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is thrilled to announce the names of the five young filmmakers who have been selected for the DIFF Film Fellows initiative; a programme launched this year to nurture upcoming filmmaking talent in the Himalayan regions.

The winners are Akee Sorokhaibam from Manipur, Khanjan Kishore Nath from Assam, Kombong Darang from Arunachal Pradesh, Munmun Dhalaria from Himachal Pradesh and Smanla Dorje Nurboo from Ladakh.

The five DIFF Film Fellows were selected from 28 applicants through a rigorous process by a jury of eminent film personalities – Bina Paul, Hansal Mehta, Anupama Srinivasan and Bina Paul.

An alumnus of FTII, Bina Paul has been working as a film editor for the last 20 years, and has won several State and National Awards. Bina has been the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala for the last 10 years.

Hansal Mehta is a film director and screenwriter, best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. His film Citylights will screen at DIFF 2014.

Anupama Srinivasan is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi, and an alumnus of FTII, Pune, and Harvard University. She has also been a mentor to many short filmmakers and frequently conducts documentary-making workshops.

The five winners will have the opportunity to be a part of DIFF 2014 and to engage in special mentorship sessions with the jury and attending filmmakers.  They come from varied backgrounds, brought together by a shared passion for filmmaking.

Akee Sorokhaibam is an independent filmmaker from Imphal, Manipur. After working for three years with a leading news channel in Mumbai he moved back to Imphal where he works with independent artists.

Khanjan Kishore Nath studied filmmaking at the Zee Institute of Media Arts. While in college he made several short films that were selected for various film festivals and awards.

Kombong Darang works at the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation as a media programme coordinator. His film Walking in the City screened at the Arunachal Film Festival 2014.

Smanla Dorje Nurboo graduated from the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi, where he initiated an international student film festival. Smanla worked briefly at INTACH before choosing to pursue a career in film.

Munmun Dhalaria, a graduate of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, has a special interest in documentaries and wildlife filmmaking. Her film Padmini Meri Jaan, was selected for the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2014.

DIFF hopes to offer these talented young artists an opportunity to be a part of a unique film festival, work closely with experts and have an enriching and inspiring experience.

Read more about the DIFF Film Fellows Programme here:­. View the entire programme at

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