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Filming for Tibet announces Second Tibet Film Festival

Sunday, Sep 19, 2010
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Filming for Tibet has launched today a website announcing the second Tibet Film Festival to take place in Zurich, Switzerland, 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 Road” 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.

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Lobsang Sotrug
Festival Director (German)
+41 78 944 87 37 (mobile)

Ganden Tethong
(English and Tibetan)
+41 79 353 44 80 (mobile)


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