Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) releases final list of films for LIFF 2013


The final list of shortlisted films for the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), which will be held at Leh, Ladakh from13th – 15th September 2013, was released at a media interaction in Delhi. The jury for LIFF 2013 will be headed by well known actor / Director Aparna Sen. Paul Smaczny (Emmy winner) & Mathew Robbins (Palm d’Or), Vimukhti Jayasundara (Palm d’Or), Alireza Shahrokhi (Iran) & Teri McLuhan (Canada) will be the International jury members of the festival. The festival will be inaugurated by the dynamic Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Omar Abdullah and the equally active I&B Minister of India, Mr. Manish Tiwari will be the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony.

Announcing the details, Mike Pandey, a specialist in wild life and environment films, who is also the patron member of LIFF said “Ladakh is a one of its kind place in India, known for its serence environment and brilliant landscape. LIFF, in its 2nd year, is proud to announce a cross section of films, which will be screened at the picturesque venue. These include international feature films, Documentaries from India, short films (national – international) and Indian feature films. In addition there will be a retrospective on Gulzaar saab by Director / Producer Vishal Bharadwaj and celebrating women through some of the finest women oriented films made in India. LIFF 2013 promises to be the finest International Film festival in India and pretty soon will be among the more recognised ones globally.”

Melwyn Chirayath, Founder & Festival Director, LIFF added “This year we will be showcasing around 120 films from across the globe. Entries were received from close to 130 countries, after which the best were selected for the final showcase.  The green carpet premiere at LIFF 2013 will be Teri Mc Luhan’s brilliant documentary ‘Frontier Gandhi’, on the forgotten freedom fighter, nationalist and peace advocate Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan. Also there will be a special children’s section curated by Amole Gupte courtesy Children’s Film Society of India, which will feature 6 children’s films. The Ladakhi section will include Tsering Motup Chospa’s feature film Lzadol (broken piece of moon), with its central theme of women’s strength, patience and wit against the evils of the day. In addition 5 short films from Ladakh will also be premiered this year”


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LIFF ’12 – Facts at a glance:

(i)           Over 1.6 lakhs footfall

(ii)         150 + film makers & dignitaries attended

(iii)       Participation from more than 35 countries

(iv)        2000 films received in the first year


LIFF ’13 highlights

(i)           Estimated footfall of 3 lakhs

(ii)         Entries received from about 130 countries

(iii)       Over 120 films to be screened


Shyam Benegal, Chairman, LIFF – “The LIFF which will be two years old when it takes place this year, has already found place among the recognized film festivals of the world. Apart from the fact that it is a festival that takes place in Leh on the roof of the world surrounded by the magnificent snow peaks of the Himalayan Zanskar range skirted by what appears to be a little fledgling  river Indus which will soon become one of the great rivers of the sub-continent as it goes downstream. This is a veritable Shangri-la and the film festival is the latest of its cultural attractions. The venue of the festival  is  a large theatre on  a hilltop built for this purpose by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir  with smaller halls surrounding it making for a perfect location for this delightful festival in the northernmost part of India.”

Vishal Bhardwaj, Patron Member of LIFF – “To watch films in one of the most pristine landscapes in the world is a rare pleasure only the ladakh film festival offers. One walks out of the auditorium and is surrounded by mountains on all sides, it’s almost surreal. What makes it even more special this year is the retrospective on Gulzarsaab, it will be an honor for me to curate this event which showcases some of his best work.” -

Shaji N Karun, Patron Member of LIFF – “Angle of visions are godly insights & cinema is a tool to identify it in spiritual languages where I believe Ladakh is one of the most subtle places of our land.”

Retrospective Gulzaar curated By Vishal Bhardhwaj

  1. Mere Apne
  2. Achanak
  3. Ijazat
  4. Khushboo
  5. Angoor
  6. Machis


Directorate of Film Festivals (100 years Celebration Concluding- Women in Cinema)

Title Director Language Year
Diamond Queen Homi Wadia Hindi 1940
Meghe Dhaka Tara Ritwik Chatak Bengali 1960
Mirch Masala Ketan Mehta Hindi 1986
Dasi B. Narsing Rao Telugu 1987
Dahan Rituparno Ghosh Bengali 1997
Chandani Bar Madhur Bhandarkar Hindi 2001
Mee Sindhutai Sapkal Anant Mahadevan Marathi 2010
Byari Suveeran Byari 2011


Children Section curated by Amole Gupte Courtesy Children Film Society of India   

Title of film  Director Language Year
Stanley Ka Dabba Amole Gupte English-Hindi 2011
Woh Buddhadeb Dasgupta Hindi 2011
Gattu Ranjan Khosa Hindi 2011
Makdee Vishal Bhardwaj Hindi 2002
Mujhse Dosti Karoge Gopi Desai Hindi 1992
Charandas Chor Shyam Benegal Hindi 1975



Frontier Gandhi by Teri McLuhan



S.no. Title Director


Lzadol ( A Broken Piece of Moon) Tsering Motup Chospa



S.no. Title Director


Lo Nishu ( 20 years)

T Wangdus Lonpo & D Wangchuk Mogol


Wake Up

T Wangdus Lonpo & D Wangchuk Mogol


Rangyul Skitpachan (Happy HomeLand)  Thupstan Domkhar & Tashi Dawa


Artificial Glacier Stanzin Dorjai Gya


Invisible Disaster in Changthang Stanzin Dorjai Gya



S. no. Title of Film Director Country/Language
1 La Mujer de Ivan (Ivan’s woman) Francisca Silva Chile
2 Ghetu Putro Komola (Pleasure Boy Komola) Humayun Ahmed Bangladesh



S. no. Title of Film Director Country/Language
1 A Bird on Yak In Ladakh Jacki Hill Murphy UK
2 Dealing and wheeling in small arms Sander Francken Netherland
3 Light of the valley Pema Gellek Nepal



Name Director Language
Ozhimuri Madhupal India (Marathi)
Maya Digvijay Singh



Name Director
Have you seen tha Arana? Sunanda Bhat
City’s Edge Sandeep Kr. Singh
V.Babasaheb (Life in Full open) Avinash Deshpande
Take me to the River Chitvan Gill



24 short film package from Humara Movies curated by Imtiaz Ali & Vikramaditya Motwane



S. no. Title of Film Director Country/Language
1 Fandry Nagraj Manjule India (Marathi)
2 Chayiliam Manoj Kana India (Malayalam)
3 The Bella Vista Alicia Cano Menoni Germany/ Urugary (Spanish)
4 Days of Life Parviz Sheikhtadi Iran
5 Ko: YAD Manju Patra Borah India ( Assam)
6 Cheekha ( The Crier) M. Adeyapartha Rajan India
7 Oass Abinav Shiv Tiwari India
8 My Tribe Golamreza Azadi Iran (Persian)
9 Black forest Joshy Mathew India (Malayalam)



S.no. Title Director Country
1 B.V.Karanth Ramchandra P N India
2 Lets meet at Baba Ratan’s fair ( Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te)

Ajay BharadwajIndia (Punjabi3Tzvetanka

Youlian Tabakov

Sweden/Bulgaria (Bulgarian)4The Venice SyndromeAndreas PichlerGermany (Italian/German)5The Girl from the South (La chica del sur)Jose Luis GarciaArgentina (Spanish /English/Korean)6Stolen Democracy (Thirudapatta Jananayagam)

Yamini Parameswar & Suresh NarayanIndia (Malayalam)7Bottle Masala in MoileVaidehi ChitreIndia8Behind the MirrorStanzin Dorjai GyaIndia (Ladakhi)9A Few Days MoreO.P.SrivastavaIndia10Who Will Be a GurkhaKesang TsetanNepal (English)11At the Crossroads ( Do Chhakire)Deba RanjanIndia12Texture of LossPankaj BhutaliaIndia13Jungwa ( The Broken Balance)Stanzin Dorjai GyaIndia (Ladakhi)14Los RockersMatais PinochetChile



S. no. Title of Film Director Country/Language
1 Gawah Gauri Chadha India
2 Frog Sanal Kumar India
3 Bongu Aditiya Singh India
4 Teacher 3.0 Akshay Roy India
5 Nostos Italy
6 Lutto di Cilvilta Peirluigi Ferrandini Italy
7 Lettera de Madras Irish Braschi Italy
8 Pretexto Andaluso Italy
9 Dwand  (The Dual) Abhilash Vijayan India
10 The Mirror Vinoo Choliparambil India
11 Democrazy Koushik K R India
12 Mimosa Daulat Mahadik India
13 Aba-Aba ( Two- Two) Ivetta Vrozhaeva Russia
14 Sati Nilesh S Desai India
15 Lo Nishu ( 20 years) T Wangdus Lonpo & D Wangchuk mogol India (Ladakhi)
16 Honor of Love Raghavendra Pusuluri India
17 Mashouleh (Flame in the wind) Farhad Mehranfar Iran
18 With an Open Heart Denis Kurochka Russia
19 Consequences Kunal khushwaha India