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    Wish We Were There: Dharamshala International Film Festival

    ‘Tis the season of all sorts of events and the Insider team has its head dug deep in work. The more events we scratch off our board, twice the number are added are back. The solution? Some sweet, old day-dreaming. One of the most exciting ventures that we have been a part of, the Dharamshala International Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing independent films, seemed to come around at the perfect time, just when we were running out of places to imagine ourselves in. Why you ask? Read on:

    The Films

    Started in 2012, founders of the festival and filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam of White Crane Films aim to highlight the local art and culture of Dharamshala, while hosting films, filmmakers and film lovers from around the world (Rajat Kapoor was there for the last one). The films participating in the festival are known for their hard-hitting and compelling stories, stellar casting and true to life visualization. Ever dreamt of discussing and dissecting movies all day long with fellow enthusiasts? Yeah, that happens here. Here are a few of our favourites from this year’s line-up:

    Here are the trailers:

    The Hills

    Imagine sitting on top of a mossy, green hill covered with rustling pinewood trees, with a cold wind flowing through your hair, while you sip on your hot cup of chai and enjoy the drizzly mist passing through you. The sun is just about to set and before you know it, there is a slight murmur in the background, of people discussing a shot they loved or spotting their favourite filmmaker. We love Dharamshala for its serene atmosphere, vivid markets and flag clad corners and can’t think of a better location for a film festival. Nothing compares to shutting out the outside world and getting lost in stories all day.

    The Food

    To say that Dharamshala is a haven for food lovers would be a severe understatement. The city is filled with cafes and restaurants serving almost all possible cuisines known to mankind. But if it was up to us, we would be hogging on thukpa and momos all day long. Make sure you visit Tibet Kitchen, Crepe Pancake Hut and Illiterati cafe.

    Check out more pictures of the festival here:

    Film and hills, what more does anyone want? Buy tickets for Dharamshala International Film Festival here:

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    Written by Radhapriya