Seismic Shift

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Seismic Shift” is a short film competition about stories of how Nepali responded during and after the earthquakes. The short film must include first hand video footage shot during and after the earthquakes of April 25th and May 12th. The footage can be shot on any video devices, including mobile or smart phones.

After the Quake

Director: Aayush Niroula
Duration: 5 min


The film is about the spontaneous formation of the voluntary group after the earthquake of April 25th. Comprised of diligent, resourceful, and hardworking youth, the group saved many lives working outside the Trauma Center after the main building of Bir Hospital was rendered useless. The group formed organically and took over the hospital and disbanded when their need was over. After the Quake aims to show the level of efficiency and ethical values with which young people can work in this country, if given the opportunity.


Aayush Niroula is a graduate in journalism with a focus on documentary films and feature writing. He has worked as a freelance journalist as well as a communications resource person. His other twenty-minute documentary, Hong Kong Stories, is in editing phase. He has previously also written a play, a surreal sci-fi drama called Taapu (Island), which was produced on two occasions by Paathshala Theatre.

Rising from Epicenter

Director: Pradip Pokhrel
Duration: 4 min 59 sec


Barpak is the epicenter of the Gorkha earthquake 2015 in Nepal. 73 people died, hundreds of people were injured, and over 1,400 houses were completely destroyed. During the festival, local people organized traditional games to heal from their pain and loss. Such activities help to preserve tradition, culture, and also provide psychological relief to survivors.


Pradip Pokhrel is a journalist, writer, documentary filmmaker, and sustainability researcher based in the Himalayan region. He published a pictorial book Manang, People and Places in 2008. His first documentary In God’s Heartland was selected by KMIFF in 2009 and Snow Leopard Scouts in 2014. An Unthanked Friend was selected for special screening in the Owl International Festival, USA and Nepal in 2015 and Age Bar was the winner of the 60 second film festival in 2015.


Director: Aditya Khadka
Duration: 4 min 30 sec


Bhaktapur district was one of the most affected areas after the earthquake occurred on 25th April 2015. Most of the people who died were killed after being trapped under the remains of houses and buildings. Only a few were able to survive even after being trapped under the rubble. Dhartiputra is a short documentary from fourteen-year-old documentary maker Aditya Khadka, which chronicles one of the most shocking survival stories of the Nepal Earthquake 2015. It reflects the feelings of a mother when her children are buried under their house's remains. It’s especially about her baby son Sonis aka “Dhartiputra” who was rescued after being buried alive for 22 hours.


Aditya Khadka is a ninth grade student at Vidhya Sanskar School. He is very passionate about cinematography. Fourteen-year-old Aditya Khadka is the youngest documentary maker of Nepal. He makes films and documentaries during his leisure time.


Director: Miles Rai
Duration: 5 min


This film is about a man’s ignorance by which he loses his love during the time of the earthquake.


Miles Rai is a student at Oscar International College. A third year student, he is majoring in script writing and direction. He handles the cinematography department of The Movement Production House.

Bhoto Jatra and Earthquake

Director: Rokesh Chandra Prajapati
Duration: 2 min 48 sec


People have been building a chariot during a major festival. After completion, they have it pulled and taken around for several days. A huge earthquake occurs and destroys many houses killing many people. After such a calamity and suffering, they rebuild the chariot over five months and restart the celebration finally completing the festivities.


Rokesh Chandra Prajapati is a freelance filmmaker. It has been three years since he turned his hobby into a profession. Currently he is working on documenting Kathmandu Valley's Culture and Birds of Nepal. He received an award in the first Newa Short Film Competition 2014 on best non-fiction category for making the documentary Sacred Sankhu (20 min).


Director: Ishwor Koirala
Duration: 4 min 30 sec


The movie was filmed at Gatlang VDC, Rasuwa District. 14 students from the USA come to Nepal and choose a village to volunteer for rebuilding. With the help of local government and non-government organizations, they identify the neediest widows to help them build houses. They first clean up the sites for rebuilding and, at the same time, some students and local masons start constructing walls. Due to the festivals, construction work gets stalled. Until to date, students have cleaned four different sites to build the houses and two of the houses have been built up to the first floor.


Ishwor Koirala has been a professional film editor for 15 years. He has edited over 100 feature and documentary films. He has edited documentaries for the government, NGO, and INGOs. In 2015, his documentary film “Effort” was selected by KIMFF

Journey to Home

Director: Saral Gurung
Duration: 5 min


Journey to Home is about 29 youths from Nubri and Chum Villages affected by the devastating earthquake in Gorkha District on 25th April. In the film, they share their experiences, as they travel on foot over one week from headquarters to provide much needed rescue and relief operations (the government was unable to send its teams even months after the earthquakes occurred) to the remote villages.

The Nepali youth spring into action and decide to act immediately. Putting their lives at risk, they travel through places and roads either landslide prone or blocked, where many people lost their lives after being hit by rocks and corpses still all over the place, to provide relief to local residents.


Saral Gurung has been working in television journalism for seven years now. He is currently involved at Kantipur Television and interested in documentary filmmaking. Some of his work consists of documentaries such as Rising Nebru, Hoddchhe, and Child in Tent.

Radio Melamchi 107.2

Director: Rajeela Shrestha
Duration: 5 min


The documentary is about Radio Melamchi 107.2, Sindhupalchowk, which helped to broadcast various information regarding the deceased, injured, relief items, etc., as responsible media after the earthquake.


Rajeela Shrestha is a student of Oscar International College (college of film studies). Her dad inspired her to take storytelling from her notebook to the big screen. She feels visual storytelling makes people believe in what they see and she finds that filmmaking also helps to bring about positive social transformation in a world/society that requires change for the better.

Sindhupalchok Earthquake

Director: Amesh Bhandari
Duration: 4 min 58 sec


In his own words: “It was my fortune that I was at my birthplace, Sindhupalchowk, on 25 April 2015. After the devastating earthquake took place, I saw fear on people’s face; they were struggling to survive and save their belongings. All the houses had collapsed and for many days people stayed on the road.

I roamed around my village with a camera. I captured everything that I saw. And I have tried to share everything in this five minute video.”


Amesh Bhandari is a twenty-year-old film student from Oscar College of Film Studies. His interests are filmmaking, photography, travel, and music.

The Experience (u ayoayo)

Director: Shyam Karki
Duration: 5 min


The film is about people’s experiences after the earthquake.


Shyam Karki has been working for the past 14 years as a photographer, videographer, and editor for various organizations. This is his first attempt in making documentaries.


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