The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is pleased to announce its programme of films for the 2016 edition, which takes place from 3 to 6 November at the Tibetan Childrens Village (TCV), Dharamshala. In keeping with the spirit of DIFF, this years programme includes 27 feature films, 15 shorts, four childrens films, four video installations, one masterclass, two conversations, two panel discussions, and community outreach events.

The programme is curated by Festival Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. They are joined this year by Associate Director Raman Chawla, filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni (programmer for the Shorts section), and Childrens Media Specialist, Monica Wahi (programmer of the Childrens Films section). 20 filmmakers, including nine international filmmakers, are coming to DIFF to present their films. 21 countries are represented and 18 films will have their India premieres, including two world premieres and one Asian premiere.

The opening night film is Raam Reddys critically acclaimed Thithi.

This year, the programme spotlights a Kangra Valley selection, which includes local Dharamshala director Sanjay Kumars Himachali language feature, Mane de Phere; Prabhjit Dhamijas short film, Asmad; and Steffi Giaracunis documentary about legendary Kangra Valley architect, Didi Contractor, Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building. Also of special interest to local audiences is Mickey Lemles Indian premiere of The Last Dalai Lama? As part of our community outreach programme, screenings are being organised in local villages, including Dharamkot, Heini and Rakked, and at the District Jail in Lower Dharamsala.

A special screening is also being held for students from Harmony Through Education—a thriving school for children and young adults with special educational needs—together with students from local mainstream schools. Other outreach programmes include a film appreciation competition for 20 school students from four local schools, invitations to local schools and colleges to festival screenings, and large-scale community screenings in collaboration with Jagori Rural Charitable Trust.