KATHMANDU:- The 19th edition of Nepal’s prestigious film festival ‘Kathmandu International Film Festival’ (KIMF) is scheduled to be held from December 11 to 12 this year. Organizing a press conference in the capital on Sunday, it was informed that more than 60 films from 28 countries including documentary, fiction, experimental, short films and animations will be shown online and in the direct presence of the audience.
As the risk of corona remains high, this time the ‘Kimf’ is being done in a hybrid style. The sub-title of the festival is ‘Climate Action’. The subtitle conveys the message of how people relate to the environment and how to mitigate the adverse effects of local and global climate change.
The keynote address will be delivered by Sonam Wangchuck, a renowned environmentalist and Rolex Award winner from India. This year, a short film competition titled Green Growth-Green Recovery will also be organized by KIMF and the European Union for Nepali producers. Kimf and Save the Children will also take part in the Call to Action Ticket Challenge for the Environment.
KIMF’s jury includes Swiss journalist and mountaineer Mario Casella, Swiss journalist and producer Caroline Fink and Nepali actor and director Anup Baral. The jury will decide on three films (out of 40 selected) and the best documentary and fiction film (out of 13 selected) in Nepal Panorama.
The first place winner in the international competition will be given a cash prize of Rs 200,000, second place winner Rs 1.5 million and third place winner Rs 100,000. The best documentary in Nepali Panorama will get Rs 75,000 and the best animated film will get Rs 100,000. Similarly, the best mountain film will get 1000 US dollars.
The three-day regular ‘KIMF’ will feature a master class by American photographer Sira Crowell. In Nepal, the organization is preparing to screen the film festival including the Nepali translation of Swiss geologist Tony Hagen’s ‘Building Bridges to the Third World’ and ‘Sustainable Summits-Climate Solutions from the Top of the World’.
Chairman of the Kathmandu International Film Festival, Basanta Thapa, said that the films to be screened at the festival and the programs included in it would entertain the audience and engage them in dialogue on issues affecting the Nepali people with special emphasis on environment and climate change. This time ‘Kimf’ will be held in the hall of Chavahil-based Film Development Board.
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