Welcome to KIMFF 2020 Virtual Edition

The 18th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) will take place from 10-14 December 2020. Organised by Himal Association, kimf 2020 will screen some of the most recent and exciting films about mountain people, sports, environment, cultures and societies from around the globe. The festival will celebrate the complexity and diversity of mountain life.

During these uncertain and unprecedented times of Covid-19 global pandemic our festival team is thinking of individuals, families, communities and countries that have been impacted. By staying at home and maintaining social distancing, by supporting our healthcare providers and governments, we hope the situation will improve soonest and we can celebrate a return to normalcy during kimff in December. We are, at the moment, soliciting entries for the festival, and we hope you will participate by sending relevant films you may have directed or produced in the last two years. We look forward to your involvement in kimff 2020.



KIMFF 2020 Jury

Julie Bridgham

Julie Bridgham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the recipient of both Sundance and IFP Documentary Fellowships. She was Director and Producer for the multi-award winning documentary feature, The Sari Soldiers, that has screened in over 50 countries and for which she received the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment in filmmaking. Bridgham was Executive Producer for the award-winning Sundance supported documentary Drawing the Tiger. Over the last 20 years, she has directed and/or produced for documentary series aired on international channels including CBS, BBC, Hulu, and the Discovery Channel. She has created films for NGOs and humanitarian organizations including the UN World Food Programme, Oxfam, and the ILO. Bridgham is producing the documentary feature American Tears, and is Creator of the series Next Generation Sex, which received a 2019 IFP Episodic fellowship. She was previously Documentary Programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival.

KIMFF 2020 Jury

Lisa Röösli

Lisa Röösli is a journalist, filmmaker, producer, and cameraperson based in Switzerland. She has more than 20 years of experience with both independent productions and documentaries for television. In recent years she has specialised in travel series with a political approach. Röösli holds a doctorate in cultural studies. When she is not at work, you can find her in the mountains, trekking, ski touring, and climbing. Her passion for mountaineering has brought her to over 8,000m.

KIMFF 2020 Jury

Nayan Raj Pandey

Nayan Raj Pandey is an award-winning producer, director, and writer. He has made over two dozen documentaries, including Journey with Myeloma, and directed numerous television series. Pandey has created films for agencies, NGOs and media companies such as UNICEF, DFID, ABC Nepal, and the Tamakosi Sewa Samiti. His writings include 2,500 episodes of television shows, a dozen books, over 25 feature films. Pandey has won numerous national awards, notably the National Award for Best Screenplay (2010), the Diamond Sumshere Memorial Award for Contributions to Scriptwriting (2013), the Mainali Katha Puraskar (2015), and the Padmashree Puraskar (2018). Pandey has served on numerous boards and juries of literary and film institutions and awards.