One of the prestigious international film festivals in Nepal, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) concluded on Monday (December 14, 2015). Organised by non-profit organisation Himal Association, the event starting off on December 10 and screened all its films at QFX Kumari Hall, Kamal Pokhari.
The 13th edition of the event screened over eighty films from 25 countries, covering a spectrum of documentaries, fiction, adventure cinema, experimental shorts, anthropological narratives and animation from the international scene and Nepal Panorama section.
Some of the participating films earned accolades under different categories. After the Quake, directed by Aayush Niroula, won the top prize under the Seismic Shift-Short Film Competition. Pradip Pokherel’s Rising from the Epicenter won second prize while Dhartiputra by Aditya Khadka took home the third prize. The top prize worth US$ 1500, under the International film category, was won by Tashi and the Monk, a moving account of one man’s determination to give the most vulnerable children of society a loving home and family. Jurek won the second prize while Plesn Pasterza (Shepherd’s Song) took the third prize, worth US$ 1000 and 500 respectively. Kamaro (A Slave) won Best Fiction and Bhagyale Bachekaharu (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors and Miracles) won the Best Documentary title.
The annual KIMFF strives to be bridge the gape between cultures and societies, a powerful agent for positive social change and awareness. This year, it carried the theme ‘Unbroken Spirit’.