Our Mission and Objective
The Dharamsala Film Festival (DFF) grew out of a pure love for celebrating the eternal play between consciousness and creativity – and a deep appreciation of how the arts, and most specifically independent film, are powerful vehicles for fostering awareness and change. Additionally, we are world travelers who rejoice in the cross-cultural expansion that subtly transforms all those who wander far and wide, and we embrace film as a medium for this soul-level evolution.
We are committed to providing the local community as well as travelers to this magnificent Himalayan destination with a diverse presentation of high-quality independent films from around the world. The festival themes are CONSCIOUSNESS and CREATIVITY, two widely cherished and intimately related subjects which bear increasing relevance for both our mountain spiritual community and our planet at large. In 2015, we will expand our focus to also specifically include films that exemplify the Divine Feminine and empowerment of women and girls.
We hope that this initiative will profoundly touch festival-goers, stimulate thoughtful reflection on our own ways of life and connection to spirit, and catalyze deepening shifts in the evolution of consciousness. For the community, we wish to partner in creating bridges of understanding and to encourage the practices of sacred arts and activism and ultimately contribute to the harmonious development of Dharamsala for all of its inhabitants and visitors.
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SPECIAL EVENT - TUESDAY 6 MAY 2014
The Dharamsala Film Festival is honoured to sponsor Tumata from Turkey, led by Sufi Master Oruc Guvenc, for a free public concert on May 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) This will be followed by a 4-day residential workshop of Sufi Whirling and Zikr at Osho Nisarga. The workshop is currently full, but the general public is warmly invited to TIPA on May 6 to imbibe in the musical heart of the Sufi's.
SPECIAL EVENT - THURSDAY 8 - SUNDAY 11 MAY 2014
2013 Audience Award
The Dharamsala Film Festival (DFF) is honored to announce that the 2013 Audience Award winner is One Track Heart: the Story of Krishna Das (USA, 2012). DFF audience goers, through a nightly voting process, catalyzed the special recognition of this film, produced and directed by Jeremy Frindel. The deeply touching 74-minute documentary is an inspiring look into the life of Grammy-nominated Krishna Das (KD), a beloved chant master. In 1970, KD walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom and journeyed to the foothills of the Indian Himalayas to live in the presence his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba. This is a tale of devotion, spiritual awakening, and how the life of one man, through the Grace of his Guru, has ignited hearts world-wide. One Track Heart had its Asia and India premiere on April 29 at the DFF~KD events held at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), and was re-screened by popular demand on June 13.
2012 Audience Award
The DFF is honored to announce that the 2012 Audience Award winner is Brilliant Moon – Glimpes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (USA/Bhutan, 2009). DFF festival goers, through a nightly voting process, catalyzed the special recognition of this film, written and directed by Neten Chokling. The deeply touching 57-minute movie is a revelatory look at one of Tibet’s most revered 20th-century teachers, Dilgo Khyentse. A scholar, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan.
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