Kathmandu, October 25, 2016: More than Eighty films from 28 countries are about to be screened at the fourteenth edition of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (Kimff) from 8-12 December this year at the QFX Kumari Hall in Kamal Pokhari. The festival will showcase documentaries, fiction, shorts, experimental films and animation.
Organised by Himal Association and promoted by Nepal Tourism Board, Kimff this year will feature 20 films in international competition and 48 films in the non competitive section. Nepal Panorama will showcase 16 films, including four films from Kimff’s doc lab.
To be held in collaboration with Popcorn Pictures, the festival this year will open with the Nepal Premiere of Seto Surya (White Sun), a movie by Deepak Rauniyar. The 88 min feature film is a multi- generational story of a family and community struggling to come to terms with socio-political changes in post conflict Nepal.
“It’s a homecoming of sorts for Deepak after featuring of his films Chaukaith and Pooja in previous editions of the festival,” says Festival Director Ramyata Limbu. “We’re extremely proud that one of our own is pursuing his passion for film while introducing creative and credible narratives from Nepal to local and international audiences.”
Seto Surya was premiered at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival and has also been screened in Toronto International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival in Korea. It will be showcased in a prestigious line-up of more than two dozen festivals worldwide.
Moreover, Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) and Kimff will present â€˜Strengthening Nepal’s Public Services’ a short film competition amidst the festival while Kimff’s Nepal Panorama will showcase exciting films by local talent.
The top three winners in the international competition will be awarded with US$ 1500, $1000, $500 while each winner for the best fiction film and non-fiction category in the Nepal Panorama take away the cash prizes of Rs. 50,000. The top film from an ICIMOD member country will receive The Best ICIMOD Mountain Film award of US $1000. Similarly, the film receiving the largest number of votes from viewers will bag the Trophy of Kimff’s Audience Award.
To be held with much fanfare and enthusiasm, the festival will see filmmakers, film enthusiasts, critics, scholars, journalists, artists and mountaineers, actively participating in the discussion forums, guest lectures, exhibitions and installation art projects in the festival.