Tenzin Tsetan Choklay is a Tibetan-American filmmaker and spends time between New York and Dharamshala, India. Born to Tibetan refugee parents, Tenzin grew up in Dharamshala. He studied film directing at the prestigious Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul, South Korea and has received mentorships from film masters like Hou Hsiao Hsien, Lee Chang Dong and Park Ki Young, among others.
His 2014 film, Bringing Tibet Home, a feature documentary premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, and went on to win numerous international awards including Young European Jury Award at the 2014 FIPA In Biarritz, France, Emerging Director Award at the 2014 Asian American Film Festival in New York City. The film also enjoyed a wide theatrical release in more than 40 theaters in South Korea in 2016 and a limited non theatrical release in the United Kingdom.
Tenzin is one of the co-founders of Drung Tibetan filmmakers’ collective, a group based in Dharamshala that focuses on building a community of film professionals and storytellers that shares knowledge, skills and connections to tell stories about Tibet, India and beyond. In 2017, Tenzin served as a consultant for Tibet TV, the Tibetan administration in exile’s web channel and was also part of implementing and mentoring for the first grant for Tibetan filmmakers offered by Tibet TV.