Dharamshala International Film Festival


When filmmakers and longtime Dharamshala residents Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam started the Dharamshala International Film Festival in 2012, their main aim was to give the local community a platform for good alternative cinema. Five years later DIFF has become one of India’s leading independent film festivals and draws audiences from across the world. For one long weekend each year DIFF brings the world to Dharamshala. Momos in one hand, cappuccinos in the other, film lovers find their way to screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions and masterclasses. All of the town’s diverse communities come together to make the festival a success.

DIFF is a festival for everybody: filmmakers and volunteers, grown-ups and children, travellers from afar and the local community.