KIMFF kicks off with ‘unbroken spirit’

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) cannot to be missed by film enthusiasts. Offering more than 80 short films from 25 countries, the 13th edition of KIMFF opened on December 10 with an “unbroken spirit” at Kumari Hall. And the gala of films will continue till December 14.

KIMFF was inaugurated by the festival jurors — Journalist Ed Douglas, Film Producer Eun-Young Kim, Film Editor Namrata Rao, and Film critic Premendra Nath Mazumder — by hitting a gong.

The festival is being held amidst the fuel crisis and the reconstruction period (post April 25 Gorkha earthquake), to which Basanta Thapa, Chair of KIMFF Organising Committee, expressed, “The fact that we are holding the festival amidst all the odds is the demonstration of our unbroken spirit.” He also shared about the response they received from the film-makers around the world as “hugeand overwhelming ”.

The jurors also expressed a few words in the opening ceremony. Empathising with the quake and blockade, Douglas shared it was a “pleasure to be here”.

And Kim mentioned that she is doing her best to select best films with other members. “It is an honour to be invited to such a wonderful and meaningful event,” she said.

“Looking forward to the films,” was Rao from India. She was grateful to be a part of the event during her first visit to Nepal. Also from India, Mazumder seemed “obliged and happy” to be a part of the fest. “It will be a new experience seeing films from Nepal’s diverse genre,” he added.

A traditional Nepali dhun of bamboo flute and percussion like maadal from tabala player Sarita Mishra and her students added fun to the event. Later, film screening marathon kicked off with Bhagyale Bachekaharu.