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Filming for Tibet announces second film festival

August 7, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
Phayul
August 5, 2010

Dharamsala, August 5 -- Zurich will witness the
second edition of Tibet Film Festival for two
days on 29 and 30 October 2010, an event
initiative of a non-profit organisation called
‘Filming for Tibet’ based in Switzerland.

The organisation’s debut production is "Leaving
Fear Behind" made by the jailed Tibetan filmmaker
Dhondup Wangchen who was sentenced to six years
in prison by China. The film exposed China’s
‘wronged policies’ and the Tibetan people’s
loyalty to the exile Tibetan leader the Dalai
Lama. The festival is dedicated to Dhondup Wangchen.

The Tibetan Film Festival will showcase feature
films, new documentaries and experimental films
produced by Tibetans in the last two years. The
focus will be on short films produced by Tibetans.

Organisers have announced a five minute short
film competition on the theme of ‘identity’ and
invite all Tibetan filmmakers and enthusiasts to participate in the event.

"The competition will give young Tibetan
filmmakers an opportunity to make their first
steps in the world of filmmaking. We want to
present to the public a wide range of films made
by Tibetans and we have also reached out to
Tibetan filmmakers inside Tibet though it is very
difficult to present some of their work” said
Coordinator of the film festival, Ganden Tethong.

Calling it a unique effort, the festival director
Lobsang Sotrug said -- We want to present
productions by Tibetans, a program that is also
attractive for an international audience."

Among the films that will be screened during the
two day festival, exile productions such as "Open Road" will be shown.

Filming For Tibet started the Tibetan Film
Festival in cooperation with Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE).
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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