Strengthening Nepal's Public Services

In Collaboration with Alliance for Social Dialogue

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The Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) and the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) presents ‘Strengthening Nepal’s Public Services' short film competition. This is your opportunity to voice your opinions! Nepali filmmakers are to create short, thought provoking films that challenge the way the public services operate in an effort to create positive change. We hope to start a dialogue with the service providers and the Nepal government to work towards a better, more functional and safer public service delivery system.


Director: Bishnu Kalpit
Duration: 5 min


“Sawari” is a short film which shows the reality and difficulties common people face in Kathmandu during a diplomat’s travel through the city. It is cinematographer Bishnu Kalpit’s first attempt at directing and editing a film.


Widely recognized as one of the finest cinematographers working in Nepal, both for fiction and non-fiction films, Bishnu Kalpit is the winner of the National Award for Cinematography and National Advertising Award for camera work. He has been nominated for an Emmy and has won a Silver Award in Cinematography at the New York Film Festival. He has worked with some of the finest national and international filmmakers and journalists including Emmy nominated journalist Subina Shrestha and Oscar nominated Director Eric Valli.

A Day in The Life of Kanchi

Director: Ashin Poudel
Duration: 5 min


“A Day in The Life Of Kanchi” is a story about a 24-year-old woman Kanchi living in Kathmandu with her four-year-old daughter. The film takes us on a journey on a particular day of her life where her day starts at 4 am in the morning to fetch water from a public tap and ends up at a hospital where she is seriously injured but there are no doctors or nurses to take care of her.


“A Day in The Life of Kanchi” is Ashin’s first attempt in film direction. Ever since he can remember he has loved making films and has participated in a direction course at Everest Film Academy. At present, he is working at Infuse Pictures.

Ghatto (Motor)

Director: Amesh Bhandari
Duration: 5 min


A 12-year-old dyslexic boy is always being punished at school. One day after school, on the way to his house he finds a broken radio. He runs home and applies the motor effect law to build a fan and surprises his parents.


Amesh Bhandari was born in Thumpakhar, Sindhupalchok District. After completing his 10+2 from Kathmandu Barsha College, he joined Oscar International College for film studies. He is specializing in direction and has made several videos and short films.

In My Town

Director: Shyam Karki
Duration: 5 min


“In My Town” explores the city that 14-year-old Sangay Linkin grew up in and is an evocative collage of images, poetry and music.


Shyam Karki worked in a media house in the Middle East for two years and then worked on documentaries with Shunyata Film Production for three years. “In My Town” is Karki’s third short film. Tim Linkins is a keen observer of the visual archaeology of Kathmandu.

Kalo Guras (Black Rhododendron)

Director: Obhaso Shakya
Duration: 5 min


“Kalo Guras” is about the static and irrational educational methodology of Nepal in which there is lack of opportunity for young minds to explore their imagination and creativity. The two characters in “Kalo Guras” depict their state of life, share their experiences, and meet in the end with a realization.

When, by the end of the rainiest July in a long time, Gabriel has become Claudio’s right-hand man, something has changed: the scared small boy who used to keep to himself, his eyes downcast while playing with the Swiss army knife, has turned into a little adult, who can take on his responsibilities and tries to stand up on his own.


Obhaso Shakya works as a freelance photographer and videographer. He is currently passionately involved as a street art videographer in projects like “Teka”, “Her Pain”, “The Recovery”, “U Lunatic”, etc. “Kalo Guras” is his first fictional work. His passion for filmmaking started with his interest in still photography and his realization that photographs were not enough to tell a story. He has completed his Bachelors in Social Work and is planning to take up film making for further studies.

Majhigaun (The Majhi Village)

Director: Manju Bhatta
Duration: 5 min


Majhi Gaun is a village that lies nearby Malamchi town, Sindhupalchowk District. The predominately “Majhi, fisherman” Village was ravaged by the earthquakes of April and May 2015. Now reconstruction efforts have started in coordination with Thailand based Nepali organizations and locals and the village is coming to life. The film is about a story of change in Majhigaun.


Manju Bhatta has been working with audio visuals for many years. Some of her films have already been selected and awarded in different film festivals.

Mission Safer House

Director: Ishwor Koirala
Duration: 5 min


Pushparam Shrestha is from Kathmandu District. Six months after the massive earthquake in 2015, he has been appointed as an architect engineer in Sindhupalchowk District and required to travel to different Village Development Communities (VCDs) in order to inform and spread messages on how to make safer houses. The film shows the struggles he goes through during his mission.


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.


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