DiFF or Dharamshala International Film Festival is an annual festival which takes place in the most gorgeous hill station of India. From documentaries to commercial cinemas, DiFF has lined up best for you.
Surrounded by snow covered mountains and heart warming people, DiFF is one of its kind movie festivals in the world. It was my pleasure to have visited DiFF. Although it is difficult to put my entire experience in words but I can provide a glimpse of it by pictures I captured during my stay.
Reaching DiFF is as easy as it can be. A DiFF Express runs from Delhi to Venue which makes it a memorable journey of music and fun.
DiFF takes place at the Tibet Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) situated in Dharamshala's McLeodganj.
The opening night was marked by premiere of a Bollywood movie and we made it in time to capture our seats. The star cast was present along with the film maker and it was one of kind experience to be part of the premiere.
The venue is covered by majestic peaks of Himalayas. TIPA is school to many traditional forms of art including music, dance and theater.
The best part about DiFF was that the classes at TIPA were not closed down for festival and one could sit in a class and enjoy the experience.
Music was not bound to classes alone, the festival goers were seen making the most of their time indulging in music circles and having a ball.
DiFF promotes young film makers and artists. The audience also comprises of young film enthusiasts and artists of tomorrow.
TIPA, the DiFF venue, is situated little up-hill from McLeodganj and many people choose to walk along the row of houses to TIPA.
But for those in a hurry, just grab any auto with DiFF posters. And yes, its complimentary. Awesome!
DiFF also hosts many communities to exhibit and sell their hand made products including beauty products, stationary, clothing and organic food.
And yes there is a souvenirs shop as well!
DiFF, a film festival, is no less than a carnival where you meet artists and make a lot of friends.
DiFF is a must visit for young film makers and artists.
If you want to experience DiFF in its full glory, I suggest you sign-up as a volunteer.