Kimff 2014 Winner
Jury Special Mention- Fiction: The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite, Maanish Harayeko Suchana and Thousand Dreams
Punte Ko Pangro (Best Fiction)
Jury special mention- Documentary: Sunakali
Pawan (Best Documentary)
Les jours de Tarap (Days of Tarap)
Director: Herve Tiberghien
Duration: 98 min
It all began with an encounter with an old book "Tarap, a Valley in the Himalayas", which portrays a small isolated community and its spiritual leader, Lama Kagar Rimpoche, who lives in the heart of Dolpo. At the time, the author and ethnologist was wondering what would become of the men and women in a generation or two, as he believed in their inevitable "cultural death". Fifty years after Corneille Jest and following in his footsteps, Tiberghien says, "I travelled to the 'Valley of Good Horses'. Lying between 4,000 and 5,000 meters above the sea level and amongst a sacred nature, the Tarapas are trying to find their way between tradition and modernity."
(First Prize- International Category, KIMFF 2014)
Hervé Tiberghien studied for five years to master the art of photography at Decorative Arts in Nice, France. In 1988, a scientific expedition in China gave him the opportunity to shoot his first images in extreme conditions that have since been his trademark.
For Days of Tarap, his last film, three years of work including five months of shooting in the Himalayas, at more than 4,000 meters altitutide, was needed.
Alberi Che Camminano (Trees That Walk)
Director: Mattia Colomo
Alberi Che Camminano is a documentary based on an idea by the writer Erri De Luca, which looks into the relationship that binds trees to the people who live in close contact with them. Filmed amid the towering peaks of Trentino and the gentle coastline of Puglia and produced by OH!PEN, it tells tales of trees and humans that come together and intersect to reveal the deep roots of the relationship that binds Man and Nature. Trees thus become musical instruments to express emotions, boats to sail in, and timber to build with.
(Second Prize- International Category, KIMFF 2014)
Mattia Colombo was born in 1982 and he completed his MFA in Documentary Filmmaking at the European Institute of Design in Venice under the supervision of directors Silvio Soldini, Bruno Oliviero, Alessandro Rossetto, and Leonardo Di Costanzo. His first short film documentary Il Velo, an enchanted tale about a nuns’ community was selected for the International Festival Visions du Reel (Nyon), EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh), AFI Silverdocs Discovery (Washington), Dialektus Film Festival (Budapest), and XI Circuito Off (Venice). It won the Best Short Film Award (veneto in short) and RTP2 - Onda Curta Award (purchase award of Portuguese television).
The Cave Connection
Germany/ New Zealand 2013
Director: Niko Jager
Duration: 52 min
In the deep underground wilderness of New Zealand, gigantic and largely unexplored cave systems attract adventurers and cavers from around the globe. Kieran McKay and his team of like-minded adventurers set out on an almost impossible journey to try to find a connection between two cave systems. If they happen to track down the link between the Nettlebed and Stormy Pot systems, they could claim credit for having found the deepest cave in the southern hemisphere. But 80 m can become a mind-boggling odyssey, hampered by tight squeezes, the unexpected inrush of water, and a total lack of communication with the world outside.
(Third Prize- International Category, KIMFF 2014)
Long-term Creative Director of the European Outdoor Film Tour and accomplished filmmaker of the Film Academy Baden-Wu¨rttemberg, Germany Niko Jaeger focuses on the fascinating theme of outdoor sports and adventure. The unique characters he encounters and what motivates their actions is especially important in his film making in order to capture authentic portrayals from the world of the great outdoors. His work as director of adventure documentaries has won him awards in major mountain film festivals worldwide.
The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite
Director: Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet
Duration: 18 min 13 sec
Dambarey and his gang of five are hooked on glue and are heading towards a place of no return.
(Jury Special Mention- Fiction, KIMFF 2014)
Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet have been working together on narrative and experimental films for the past six years. The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite is the first short films they have co- directed. The film has been screened at various prestigious film festivals across the world, gathering rave reviews.
Manish Harayeko Suchana
Duration: 5 min
Ashmita is searching for something. She gets to see different incidents where people are trying to record the events. In the evening, she finds a man being rejected while wishing to get an overnight stay. In the last scene, it is revealed she is in search of a missing person.
(Jury Special Mention- Fiction, KIMFF 2014)
Sweekar Shahn works at Aankha Frameworks as a creative director. He has directed several music videos, short films, documentaries, and theatrical drama.
1000 Dreams (A Thousand Dreams)
Duration: 30 min
A person finally decides to make the right use of Rs. 1,000, when he suddenly finds the cash, while walking on the street.
(Jury Special Mention- Fiction, KIMFF 2014)
Ankit KC has a Diloma in animation and VFX from Maya Animation Academy. He is studying computer engineering and is passionate about creating short movies that reflect the contemporary situation of the country. His short films
Apple and Anautho Sapana (The Lost Dreams) has been screened in KIMFF. Both films won second prize in the two edition of the short film competition showcased in KIMFF.
Punte ko Pangro (Punte's Wheel)
Director: Sachin Ghimire
Duration: 13 min 8 sec
Punte ko Pangro is a story about a child in the countryside of the Kathmandu valley. We follow Punte, a playful boy, who has a toy wheel of his own, but he will do anything to get a bigger one. In his pursuit, he discovers his aspiration and ultimately own potential. The wheel is used as a symbol of supremacy to portray human desire and our passionate struggle to reach higher positions in society.
(Best Fiction - Nepal Panorama, KIMFF 2014)
Sachin Ghimire is an anthropologist and a filmmaker and completing his PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has directed Maatemurali (2006), co-directed Diyalee (2012), Punte Ko Pangro (2013), and worked as an associate director for Cellphone (2013). His films have been screened in many national and international film festivals.
Director: Bhojraj Bhat
Duration: 49 min
This is the story of the rise of a women's football team in Mugu, a remote district in Karnali Zone. Sunakali is passionate about football. She and her friends gather at a steep ground to practice football in the pretext of collecting fodder. They get an opportunity to represent their school in the district level football tournament. Defeated in their first competitive tournament against team Humla, they go on to win the national tournament held in the Tarai plains.
(Jury Special Mention- Documentary and Best ICIMOD Mountain Film Award, KIMFF 2014)
Sunakali is Bhojraj Bhat’s documentary debut. A journalist based in Kathmandu, he specializes in conflict mitigation, security, the Maoist insurgency, and other social issues. He teamed up with Babel Press to produce a documentary movie Bikini Killer on Charles Shobraj. He worked for the news documentary The Convicts of the World Cup which was broadcast on France 2-Envoyé special and contributed to the report “Worked to Death in Qatar” for the 2022 World Cup that was broadcast on France 24. He is currently working with a French team in the making of the documentary Nepal Kidney Trail to India.
Director: Laxcha Bantawa
Duration: 10 min 35 sec
Pawan is a ‘cultural shift’ story, told from a 12-year old boy’s perspective.Moving home from East to West is a big change for this Nepalese family who is trying to settle down to their new lives in the U.K
(Best Documentary - Nepal Panorama, KIMFF 2014)
Bantawa attended the University of Cumbria, where she studied Film and TV Production. Her first music video Yatri for Nephop rapper Loorey was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Post Production in the British Student Film Festival and has also won the Nepalese Excellence Award. The video was lauded as taking Nepalese videos to the next level by London rapper Umesh KC. Her YouTube channel has over one million views, which earned her the opportunity to produce videos for American rapper Dumbfoundead during his YOLO Tour in the UK. She has also collaborated with a hip-hop dance crew in Hong Kong to film a street dance video, where she explored imagery to expose the talent as well as the raw culture of the city and the people. Bantawa has edited numerous infomercial videos for corporate companies such as Halfords, TopEVENTUK, and has also worked as an assistant producer on set.
Butte Jama (Tripped Red Skirt)
Director: Kala Sangroula
Duration: 14 min 39 sec
Nine year old Baisakhi lives with her grandmother in a poor Eastern Tarai village of Nepal. Having financial troubles, her only skirt is tattered and she desires to wear a new red flower printed skirt. Will her Grandmother be able to fulfill her desire?
(Audience Award, KIMFF 2014)
Kala Sangroula was born on August 19, 1988, Jhapa District, Nepal. She grew up watching television like all other kids. She had a keen interest in cultural programs and participated in many of them. She loved to dance. Her father had a photo studio, which made a kind of impact on her. Once when she was participating in the drama competition in school, she got a chance to work with the renowned theatre group Gurukul. She arrived in Kathmandu in 2008 and continued to work with the group. She loved the directorial part of drama. She was inspired by the lighting in Charandas Chor. Then she joined Oscar International College (college of film studies) in 2010. She made four student short films and a music video during this period. She was also involved in art direction in a few feature films. She graduated from college in 2014.
KIMFF 2014 Jury
David Breashears is an accomplished filmmaker, explorer, author, mountaineer, and professional speaker. He is also the founder and executive director of Glacier Works that raises public awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalayan Region.
In the spring of 1996, Breashears co-directed and co-produced the first IMAX film shot on Mount Everest. In the tragedy of the infamous blizzard that same year, Breashears and his team stopped filming to provide assistance to the stricken climbers. After returning to Base Camp, Breashears and his team then regrouped and reached the summit on May 23, 1996, achieving their goal of becoming the first to record IMAX film images at earth's highest point. Breashears has said if there is a lesson to be learned from the May 1996 tragedy, it is that for him, success that year was not to be found in reaching the summit, it was that everyone on his team returned safely. The film, titled Everest, premiered in March 1998.
His feature-length documentary Storm Over Everest is about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.
An accomplished and highly sought-after professional speaker, he has delivered his presentations throughout North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His IMAX film, Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, is the subject of a National Geographic book of the same title.
Breashears is the recipient of four National Emmy Awards for achievement in filmmaking and his best-selling memoir “High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places” documents his life as a mountaineer and filmmaker.
Henry Iddon has been a full-time professional photographer for nearly 20 years and has always been passionate about outdoor sports. He started skiing at the age of five and represented Great Britain at Speed Skiing and has been involved in mountaineering exploits in Europe, North America, Asia and Alaska, and has had success at an elite level as a racing cyclist.
His action sports, documentary, and portrait photography has been commissioned by a variety of commercial, non-profit, and news organizations as well as UK Central Government departments and the BBC World News. He received an individual Arts Council Grant award in 2006 and has been nominated for the National Media Museum Bursary Award, shortlisted for the And/or Book Awards as well as the Foto8 Best in Show Award. His personal work is held in collections by Kraszna-Krausz Collection; National Media Museum, UK; The North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University; Scottish National Screen Archive; George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; State Library of New South Wales, Australia; Banff Centre for Mountain Culture, Canada; and Centre for Contemporary Photography, University of Arizona, USA. The short film, Aonach Eagach about a traverse of the classic Scottish mountain ridge is in the Scottish National Film Archive, Glasgow; and the film Tea is in the North West Film Archive of Manchester Metropolitan University.
Outside of photography he has been a member of the Great Britain Speed Skiing Team (pb 176 kph) and is Culture Officer of Kendal Mountain festival, UK.
Paola Nessi was born on February 22nd in 1967 in Lecco, where she lives. She achieved the diploma of maturity in 1986 and enrolled in the vocational school CTC (Centro per le Tecniche Cinetelevisive) in Milan in 1987. She was the first woman to be taken on by the Italian Radio Television (RAI), Milan - Production Center as a camerawoman.
She was responsible for the photography of numerous reports all over the world for Enzo Biagi’s (one of the most important journalists of the 20th century) well-known program ‘Il Fatto’, which was broadcast until 2002. Her work has taken her to remote villages of Sudan, Kenya, Kosovo, and Belgrade. Again with Biagi, she documented the Israeli-Palestinian war and the dramatic moments following the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York and was the first non-American cameraperson to film the Ground Zero (December 2011). In 2011, she was appointed First Operator at RAI and produced several television programs. She has now taken up the challenging role of Director at RAI and in addition to her professional activities; she has also made promotional films for companies and documentaries for cultural associations and public institutions.