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Media Release - Tibet Film Festival 2010

October 3, 2010

Filming for Tibet announces second Tibet Film Festival
October 1, 2010

Filming for Tibet has launched today a webpage
announcing the second Tibet Film Festival to take
place in Zurich on 29 and 30 October 2010. The
festival is committed to follow its idea to
present contemporary Tibetan films produced in
exile and inside Tibet. A five minute short film
competition on the theme of «identity» will be
one of the festival’s highlights.

Lobsang Sotrug, festival director, hopes that the
ambitious goals can be met: «There are many Tibet
film festivals around the world. Ours is unique.
We want to present productions by Tibetans, a
program that is also attractive for an
international audience. Moreover, I am myself a
Tibetan filmmaker and interested to see what
contemporary filming is alike and get in contact with likeminded people.»

Ganden Tethong, from the organizing committee:
«Our festival team wants to present to the public
a wide range of films made by Tibetans. We have
additionally launched a competition that will
give young Tibetan filmmakers an opportunity to
make their first steps in the world of
filmmaking. We reached out to Tibetan filmmakers
inside Tibet and hope, though it is very
difficult, to present some of their work, too.»

The festival program includes feature films, new
documentaries and experimental films produced by
Tibetans in the last two years. Major exile
productions such as “Open Roads” will be shown.

The festival board is trying hard to get some
films from inside Tibet. Suggestions for
interesting films are most welcome and can be still included in the program.

This year’s festival special focus lies on short
films by Tibetans. The organizers call on
established Tibetan filmmaker as well as
newcomers to contribute a five minute short film
to the second Tibet Film Festival. These
five-minute-films should be about “identity”. We
are excited to receive a whole variety of films
from professional, semi-professional and new film enthusiasts.

Filming For Tibet established the Tibet Film
Festival in cooperation with Tibetan Youth
Association in Europe (TYAE). The event is
dedicated to the Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup
Wangchen. He has been sentenced to six years in prison on December 28th, 2009.

Lobsang Sotrug, +41 78 944 87 37 (mob), festival director (German)
Ganden Tethong, +41 79 353 44 80 (mob), (English and Tibetan)  /
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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