80 films from 20 countries will be screened at Kumari Hall and Russian Cultural Centre in Kamal Pokhari during the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) to be organized from December 11-15.
According to organizer, this year’s films feast will include documentaries, fiction, shorts, experimental films and animation.
“KIMFF 2014 seeks to explore the role of youth in society as well as engage them – both in filmmaking and film appreciation,” reads the statement issued by the organizer.
In the presence of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, critics, scholars, journalists, artists and mountaineers, the festival will include discussion forums, guest lectures, exhibitions of books and photos and installation art projects.
KIMFF 2014 jury members include British photographer Henry Iddon, US mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears (IMAX Everest) and Italian filmmaker Paola Nessi. They will decide the top three films in the international competition (10 shortlisted) and the top documentary film and fiction film in the Nepal Panorama selection (14 films shortlisted).
The top three prizes are US$ 1500, $1000, $500 for the international competition. Cash prizes of Rs. 50,000 each will be provided for best fiction films and non-fiction category in Nepal Panorama In addition, the top film from an ICIMOD member country, will receive The Best ICIMOD Mountain Film award of US $1000.
Besides screening, various programs including panel discussion will be organized on the sideline of the event.
“Some 15,000 visitors are expected at the festival,” KIMFF director Ramyata Limbu told Myrepublica.
Tickets are priced at Rs 100 person, while 50 percent discount will be provided to students.