Kimff 2018: Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
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.
A Thousand Girls Like Me
Addicted to Altitude
Assetto di volo – Flight Attitude
Chaman – Shaman
David Gomez Rollan
Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Dave O’ Leske
G.J. Ramstedin Maailma – Eastern Memories
Niklas Kullstrom/ Martti Kaartinen
Gatlang – Happiness, Hardship and Other Stories
Pen – Ek Ratanaruang/ Passakorn Pramunwong
Le passeur de la Nahanni – The Nahanni Whisperer
Notes from the Wall
Siebe Vanhee Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll/ Nicolas Favresse
Russi- Collombin, un Duel au Sommet (Russi – Collombin , A Duel at the Top)
Solo in Volo – Only by Air
Solo of Roped Party-Exploring Renato Casarotto /Solo Di Cordata-Esplorando Renato Casarotto)
The Next Guardian
Dorottya Zurbo / Arun Bhattarai
36 films will be presented in the Non-Competitive Section.
A Land Shaped by Women
Anne- Flore Marxer
An Uncertain Winter
Break on Through
Peter Mortimer/ Matty Hong/ Nick Rosen
I am Sherrif
South Africa/ Lesotho
In the Shadows of Everest
Kertas Merah – Red Paper
Kilithon-Najwyzszy Marathon Swiata/ Kilithon- The World’s Highest Marathon
La Congenialita – The Attitude of Gratitude
Germany/ Italy/ Nepal
Miliard – Billion
Francesca Weikert/ Taylor Killian
Mothered by Mountains
Muras – Heritage
Ilgiz-Sherniyaz Tursunbek Uulu
Palabras de Caramelo – Words of Caramel
Juan Antonio Moreno
Pure Land in Mortal World
Kalsang Nima/ Ye Jua
Rubina by Night
Miranda Morton Yap
Stirb Iangsam -Die Hard
Jakob Schweighofer/ Simon Platzer
Tears of Rain
The Absence of Apricots
Daniel Asadi Faezi
The Frozen Road
The Schooling Pains of Chozom $ Palmo
Tibetan Illusion Destroyer 3D/2D
Tierra del Viento – Land of the Wind
Tomorrow or When?
Su Su Hlaing
Reza Golchin/ Mohammad Golchin
Ignasi Lopez Fabregas
Welniaki – Wool World
21 films have been picked for the Nepal Panorama category.
About a Girl
Ananta Yatra (The Eternal Journey)
Katha ’72 (The Story of ’72)
Nepal/ South Africa
Maa – Mother
Marisakeko Manche – The Man Who Died Once
Bidhya Chapagain/ Kamal Kumar
Me vs Mine
One Man, One Passion, One Vision
Post Earthquake – Rebuilding in the Himalaya
Pradip Pokharel / Sonam Lama
Raasleela (Dance of divine love)
Roshan Bikram Thakuri
Small Carnivores in Eastern Nepal
Shenang Gyamjo Tamang
Tattini – The Moon is Bright Tonight
Abinash Bikram Shah
The Great Mukhiya
The Stained Flag
Tirkha – The Thirst
And finally, there will be special screening of 1 additional film.
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”.