Voices From the Margin

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2019

The 19th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) will be organised by Himal Association from 11-15 December 2019. By screening some of the most recent and exciting films about mountain people, sports, environment, cultures and societies from various corners of the world, KIMFF seeks to celebrate the complexity and diversity of mountain life.

We are, at the moment, soliciting entries for the festival, and we hope you can participate by sending relevant films you may have directed or produced in the last two years. We look forward to your involvement in KIMFF 2019.


Kimff Jury

Phil Coates

Phil Coates is an accomplished filmmaker and photographer specializing in remote location productions. He has a proven track record of working in some of the most challenging environments on earth, in temperatures from -52°C to +48°C and altitudes of up to 8,000m.

Coates has been commissioned to make television documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ABC Australia, Avro Netherlands, Discovery International and National Geographic Television. His films include; Ice Lab: North Pole, the story of the Catlin Arctic Survey; North Pole Ice Airport, Everest Beyond The Limit, Blizzard Race To The Pole, Ice Break Heart, Going North, and Five Miles High.

Coates started his TV career at BBC Science & Features and the BBC Natural History Unit, and went on to specialize in shooting observational documentaries that aim to capture the real, raw emotion of expeditions and remote location assignments, and the work of scientists, naturalists, and adventure athletes.


Lee Jae-Kyoo

Lee Jae-Kyoo (aka JQ LEE) is a South Korean TV and film director who specializes in historical and cultural dramas. His first production, Damo (2003), a fusion historical dramatic portrayal of a female detective from the Joseon Dynasty, won prestigious awards including the Baeksang Arts Rookie of the Year Award and the Grimme Award for Best Director by the Korean Directors of Photography Society. The series become a cultural phenomenon with a massive fan following. His later productions Beethoven Virus (2008) and The King Two Hearts (2012) were both recognized at various International Drama Festivals and won several awards for Best Picture, Best Drama, and Best Miniseries. Lee has since transitioned into film. His latest film, Intimate Strangers (2018), was a commercial success that topped box offices in Korea. Lee was born in  Seoul in 1970 and graduated from Seoul National University’s Department of Communication in 1996.

Gabriela Kühn

Gabriela Kühn is vice-director of the Mountain Film Meetings in Zakopane, Poland, which celebrated its 15th edition this year. From 2014 to 2017, she was vice president of The International Alliance for Mountain Film, which comprises 26 festivals from 20 countries and five continents, as well as the Mountain Museum. Kühn has been a jury member at the Cervino CineMountain Festival in Italy (2010), the Mendi Film Festival in Spain (2011), the Festival Gorniškega Filma Domžale in Slovenia (2012 and 2016), and the Festival International du Film de Montagne in France (2013). She studied foreign languages, project management, and human rights, and now works for a children’s rights NGO. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, ski-touring, biking, horse-riding, and sailing.


KIMFF 2019 winner list is out!