The 6th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2017 concluded with a screening of Rima Das’ VILLAGE ROCKSTARS.
The concluding day began with a screening of Claude Barras’ MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI, the stop motion animated feature which was well received by the audiences. It also included a screening of Suresh Eriyat’s stop motion animated short TOKRI that was created using clay models. This was followed by a screening of Alain Gsponer’s HEIDI.
These films which were a part of the Children’s Film Programme curated by children’s media specialist Monica Wahi saw a large turnout of kids who were very happy to watch these films.
Indian Indie films have been an integral part of the DIFF line-up since its inaugural edition in 2012. A Panel discussion titled The State of Independents saw an exciting new crop of Indian Indie filmmakers share their views on the contemporary Indian indie movement.
The panel was moderated by Tanaji Dasgupta, the producer of THE HUNGRY and included filmmakers and actors like Konkona Sen Sharma (A DEATH IN THE GUNJ), Rima Das (VILLAGE ROCKSTARS), Bornila Chatterjee (THE HUNGRY) and Sayani Gupta (THE HUNGRY), Pushpendra Singh (ASHWATTHAMMA), Karma Takapa (RALANG ROAD) and Ektara Collective (TURUP)
Director Rima Das was extremely happy with the response received by VILLAGE ROCKSTARS at the festival and said, “I am really delighted to be at the Dharamshala International Film Festival. It was really encouraging to see the response received by the film and meet such an enthusiastic audience. It is an experience which I will cherish forever.”
Summing up this year’s edition of the festival, founder-director Ritu Sarin said, “The participation of a large number of Indian indie filmmakers has made us believe that independent cinema is truly alive. We are looking forward to the future editions of the festival with much hope. We also had a children’s section in which they enthusiastically participated in all the activities and enjoyed the process. So that was also a very special experience.”