In recent years, filmmaking in the Tibetan diaspora has gained momentum and taken great strides in finding its own cinematic voice and language. Films coming out of the exile Tibetan community are diverse and wide-ranging, and cover the entire gamut of fiction, documentary, shorts and animation. Many have found recognition on the international stage. But sadly, access to these films, particularly for Tibetan audiences, is limited and most remain unseen by the community. It is to try and fill this gap that Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) and Drung Tibetan Filmmakers Collective have joined forces and started a new initiative, Tibet Films, which aims specifically to benefit the filmmakers by enabling them to stream their films on a secure platform and share in the revenue earned. Our pilot offering is a limited-period online streaming platform that showcases a range of exile Tibetan films on a pay-per-view basis and will run from 3 December to 13 December 2020.
The Dharamshala International Film Festival was started in 2012 by filmmakers and Dharamshala residents, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, with the aim of establishing a world-class film festival that would expose local audiences to meaningful independent cinema, promote and encourage regional filmmaking talent, and provide a forum where filmmakers and film-lovers could interact in an informal and intimate way. It is held annually in McLeod Ganj and is one of India’s leading independent film festivals. The 9th edition was held online from 29 October to 4 November 2020.
A collective of Tibetan filmmakers based in Dharamshala fostering a community that shares knowledge, skills and connections to tell stories about Tibet, India and beyond. Drung filmmakers and members are dedicated to the advancement of story-telling in the Tibetan exile communities. The collective provides a unique mutual support system for local filmmakers to share, build and realize various film projects by sharing resources and expertise. Drung also focuses on building a community of story-tellers through workshops, film screenings and other educational programs.