The Dharamshala International Film Festival is one of the biggest of its kind in India. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 9th edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will go online from October 29 to November 04, 2020. DIFF will be the first major film festival in India to be hosted in a digital version.

That said, the film festival will continue to offer an interesting slate of films that represents the finest in contemporary cinema from around the world.

And it will continue to engage seriously with lovers of independent cinema and the filmmaking community through a series of online panel discussions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and a range of industry professionals.

Moving into the digital space also enables the DIFF to reach a wider audience and bring a larger audience to independent films, from the mountains of McLeod Ganj to audiences across India and South Asia.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, producer Guneet Monga, and actor Adil Hussain will be part of the inaugural DIFF Board of Advisors. Joining them will be Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, chairwoman of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and former Vodafone global CEO Arun Sarin.

The Dharamshala International Film Festival has partnered with Shift72 to move to digital realm and offer a comparable user experience. Toronto International Film Festival, CPH:Dox, and SXSW have previously worked with Shift72.

DIFF Director Ritu Sarin said, “The decision to take DIFF online was not an easy one to make. So much of what DIFF is about has to do with its location and its intimate character. In the end, we decided that we had to keep DIFF going digitally, not only to give filmmakers a much-needed platform but also to connect with our audiences. We are very excited that people from all over South Asia will be able to view films from home this year!”