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Dharamsala international film festival from Oct 24

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, October 21, 2013
First Published: 18:39 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:40 IST(21/10/2013)

Renowned foreign and domestic film directors will mark their presence in the second Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) starting from October 24.

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The festival being organised by the White Crane Arts and Media Trust at McLeodganj in collaboration with the local district administration will last for four days and will have a free-of-cost entry.

Informing this, Kangra deputy commissioner C Palrasu here during a press meet said the administration would facilitate the trust in all manners and every possible help would be extended to pull the crowd to the venue.

“Such festivals help people understand the world of cinema. Cinema loving people would get an opportunity to meet international and national directors which will help the people knowing about the celluloid world,” said Palrasu.

Expressing hope that Dharamsala would appear on the international cinema map in the world, he said holding such event would help tourism in the area.

Ritu Sareen and Tenzing Sonam, founders of the trust, said this festival was started with a view to promote contemporary art, cinema and independent media practices in the Himalayan region.

“This festival would bring high quality independent films along with their film-makers in order to enrich knowledge and understanding of other societies and idea,” Sareen said, adding that promotion of local film-making talent by organising special screenings, master classes and workshops would be encouraged.


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