The students of the School of Communication attended the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) from 4-8th November 2015. GD Goenka was the first Indian university to attend DIFF officially.
A truly international event, the Festival was thronged by dignitaries and ministers from both the Indian and Tibetan governments, renowned filmmakers, actors, film critics and a festival audience from around the globe.
DIFF’s opening night was ushered in by Indie actor and VJ, Ranvir Shorey. Rubbing shoulders with the star himself, the students had a taste of Indie-cinema from the prolific Yash Raj Banner. It also opened their hearts and minds to Tibetan hospitality.
The students were literally spoilt for choice as they watched good independent cinema, documentaries and films from around the world. They also had an opportunity to interact with Bollywood stars like Ranvir Shorey and Prateik Babbar.
The students were not just bedazzled by stars from Bollywood and the Independent Cinema World but also gathered wisdom from veterans from the industry which whetted their appetite for good cinema.
The students also learnt about panel-discussions and attended a few industry panels on the future of Indie cinema and the dearth of women filmmakers in the industry.
Apart from the festival, the students also had an opportunity to explore the ‘Little Lhasa’ as Dharamshala is commonly known and shot several interesting stories, videos, and reportages and learnt to review a film of their choice at DIFF.
After having watched Indie films in the resplendent Kangra Valley, and having intermingled with Buddhist Lhamas and the exquisite Tibetan culture, the students have certainly returned with lofty cinematic dreams, fresh perspectives and renewed enthusiasm.
They will now be making one to three minute films, and a documentary from the footage they shot. They will also be developing photo essays and news reports for their tabloid newspaper.