Kimff 2018: Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
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Each year, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) brings to Kathmandu Valley some of the most recent and exciting films from around the world. This year too, the film festival is kicking off on 7 December with over 71 films from 31 countries. As we approach the festival, let’s have a look at its highlights!

When does it start and where is it held?

Kimff will begin on 7 December and run until 11 December. The film festival will take place at Rastriya Sabha Griha (City Hall) and Nepal Tourism Board ((NTB) in Kathmandu.

How many films will be screened?

This year, more than 71 films are being shown from around the globe.

What kind of films will be shown?

The festival will showcase documentaries, fictions, shorts, experimental films and animations.

How many categories are there?

There are four categories- International Competition Section, Non-Competitive Section, Nepal Panorama Category and Special Screening Category.

More about the categories?

14 films have been selected in the International Competition Section.

S.N Films Director Time Country
1 A Thousand Girls Like Me Sahra Mani 76 min Afghanistan
2 Addicted to Altitude Pavol Barabas 63 min Slovakia
3 Assetto di volo – Flight Attitude Giulio Venier 41 min Italy
4 Chaman – Shaman David Gomez Rollan 82 min Spain/ Mongolia
5 Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey Dave O’ Leske 96 min USA
6 Final ascent Robbie Fraser 80 min UK
7 G.J. Ramstedin Maailma – Eastern Memories Niklas Kullstrom/ Martti Kaartinen 86 min Finland
8 Gatlang – Happiness, Hardship and Other Stories Pen – Ek Ratanaruang/ Passakorn Pramunwong 90 min Thailand
9 Le passeur de la Nahanni – The Nahanni Whisperer Dominique Snyers 53 min Belgium
10 Notes from the Wall Siebe Vanhee Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll/ Nicolas Favresse 37 min Belgium
11 Russi- Collombin, un Duel au Sommet (Russi – Collombin , A Duel at the Top) Pierre Morath 59 min Switzerland
12 Solo in Volo – Only by Air Gianluca Maspes 31 min Italy
13 Solo of Roped Party-Exploring Renato Casarotto /Solo Di Cordata-Esplorando Renato Casarotto) Davide Riva 84 min Italy
14 The Next Guardian Dorottya Zurbo / Arun Bhattarai 74 min Bhutan

36 films will be presented in the Non-Competitive Section.

S.N Films Director Time Country
1 A Road Kalvira Akchalova 9 min Kyrgyzstan
2 A Land Shaped by Women Anne- Flore Marxer 26 min France/ Austria
3 An Uncertain Winter Munmun Dhalaria 5 min India
4 Bloody Phanek Sonia Nepram 48 min India
5 Break on Through Peter Mortimer/ Matty Hong/ Nick Rosen 26 min USA
6 Chidra Nadav Harel 40 min India
7 Escape Anjali Nayar 8 min Canada
8 Fine Lines Dina Khreino 96 min UAE
9 I am Sherrif Teboho Edkins 28 min South Africa/ Lesotho
10 In the Shadows of Everest Gaetan Lamarre 38 min Nepal
11 Kertas Merah – Red Paper Revin Palung 15 min Indonesia
12 Kilithon-Najwyzszy Marathon Swiata/ Kilithon- The World’s Highest Marathon Maciek Jablonski 45 min Poland
13 La Congenialita – The Attitude of Gratitude Christian Schmidt 30 min Germany/ Italy/ Nepal
14 Miliard – Billion Evgheni Dudceac 21 min Moldova/ Russia
15 Moksha Francesca Weikert/ Taylor Killian 25 min USA
16 Mothered by Mountains Renan Ozturk 16 min Nepal
17 Muras – Heritage Ilgiz-Sherniyaz Tursunbek Uulu 16 min Kyrgyzstan
18 Palabras de Caramelo – Words of Caramel Juan Antonio Moreno 20 min Spain
19 Pure Land in Mortal World Kalsang Nima/ Ye Jua 94 min China
20 River Crossing Sudarson Karki 23 min Nepal
21 RJ Ripper Joey Schusler 20 min Nepal/ USA
22 Rubina by Night Miranda Morton Yap 11 min Nepal
23 Stirb Iangsam -Die Hard Jakob Schweighofer/ Simon Platzer 16 min Austria
24 Subway Commute Redic Hsu 11 min Taiwan
25 Tears of Rain Esmaeel Abbasi 8 min Iran
26 The Absence of Apricots Daniel Asadi Faezi 49 min Germany/ Pakistan
27 The Frozen Road Ben Page 24 min United Kingdom
28 The Schooling Pains of Chozom $ Palmo Himanshu Bilochi 13 min India
29 Tibetan Illusion Destroyer 3D/2D Thomas Vendetti 60 min USA
30 Tierra del Viento – Land of the Wind Laura Belinky 18 min United Kingdom
31 Time Trial Finlay Pretsell 82 min United Kingdom
32 Tomorrow or When? Su Su Hlaing 61 min Myanmar
33 Twilight Reza Golchin/ Mohammad Golchin 7 min Iran
34 Undiscovered Sara Litzenberger 3 min USA
35 Viacruxis Ignasi Lopez Fabregas 11 min Spain
36 Welniaki – Wool World Joanna Polak 10 min Poland

21 films have been picked for the Nepal Panorama category.

S.N Films Director Time Country
1 4 Hours Ashma Pokharel 15 min Nepal
2 About a Girl Manish Niraula 17 min Nepal
3 Ananta Yatra (The Eternal Journey) Sunil Pandey 15 min Nepal
4 Curry Milan Poudel 25 min Nepal
5 Dolpa Diary Prasuna Dongol 20 min Nepal
6 Katha ’72 (The Story of ’72) Prabin Syangbo 89 min Nepal/ South Africa
7 Maa – Mother Parichhed Sen 25 min Nepal
8 Marisakeko Manche – The Man Who Died Once Bidhya Chapagain/ Kamal Kumar 48 min Nepal
9 Me vs Mine Bijay Tamrakar 21 min Nepal
10 Namlo Maheshwar Sambahamphe 14 min Nepal
11 One Man, One Passion, One Vision Dinesh Thapa 10 min United Kingdom
12 Post Earthquake – Rebuilding in the Himalaya Pradip Pokharel / Sonam Lama 16 min Nepal
13 Raasleela (Dance of divine love) Sahara Sharma 13 min Nepal
14 Silver Bangles Roshan Bikram Thakuri 15 min Nepal
15 Small Carnivores in Eastern Nepal Jeevan Rai 6 min Nepal
16 Supermonk Shenang Gyamjo Tamang 19 min Nepal/ Taiwan
17 Tattini – The Moon is Bright Tonight Abinash Bikram Shah 16 min Nepal/ Myanmar
18 The Great Mukhiya Ashin Poudel 13 min Nepal
19 The Riyalists Kesang Tseten 58 min Nepal
20 The Stained Flag Dhanraj Barkote 8 min Nepal
21 Tirkha – The Thirst Bhabasagar Ghimire 5 min Nepal

And finally, there will be special screening of 1 additional film.

S.N Film Director Time Country
1 Mountain Jennifer Peedom 74 min Australia

How can I watch the films?

You can watch the films by getting yourself a ticket on the same day of the screening of the film you want to watch. The tickets are available at Rastriya Sabha Griha (City Hall) and Nepal Tourism Board ((NTB) from 7 December. You can get a Season Ticket for Rs. 1500 (available at Kimff Office Lazimpat), with which you can watch all the films throughout the film festival.

Which movies should I not miss?

To be honest, all films are so great, so you definitely don’t want to miss any of them!

Who are the jury members?

This year’s jury members are:

  • Claire Carter, a dancer, writer and filmmaker who champions women’s participation in films and the outdoors. She is the Artistic Director for the Kendal Mountain Festival and the Engagement Officer for the Outdoor Industry Association.

  • Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, a Nepali filmmaker whose 1997 film The Spirit Doesn’t Come Anymore won the Best Film Award at Film South Asia and Best Indigenous Filmmaker of the Year at Estonia’s Parnu Anthropological Film Festival.

  • Jolyon Hoff, an Australian documentary filmmaker who has spent the last fifteen years living and working in West Africa, Indonesia and the USA.

The jury will decide the top 3 films in the international category (14 shortlisted) and the top documentary film and fiction film in the Nepal Panorama selection (21 films shortlisted).

What are the prizes for the winning films?

The top three prizes are $1500, $1000 and $500 for the International Competition category. In Nepal Panorama, the Nepal Film Development Board will sponsor a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 for B est Documentary and Mila Productions will sponsor a cash prize of Rs. 100,000 for the Tsekye Sherpa Award for Best Fiction.  Best fiction and non-fiction films will be awarded NRs. 50,000 each.

The best film from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) country will be presented with the Best ICIMOD Mountain Film award ($1000). The best Adventure Film Award (US $1000) is sponsored by the Apa Sherpa Foundation. Last but not the least, the Audience Award of Rs. 50,000 is sponsored by Oscar International College of Film Studies.

What are this year’s Kimff Highlights?

This year’s festival highlights include a joint master class by documentary directors, Jennifer Peedom and Kesang Tseten, the Kimff Doc Pitch, an a workshop on “Narrative, Catharsis and the role of Women in Film and Festivals”.

Where can I get the films screening schedule?

To view or download the schedule, click here!

If you want more information on the film festival, you may contact Kimff Office at 4440635 or check out their official website.

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