Ladakh International Film Festival 2013: What’s happening this year?

Ladakh Film Fest 2013 Aparna Sen and Amole Gupte
Sulekha | Yogen Shah

The event has been postponed from July to September 2013

The second edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), rescheduled due to the Uttarakhand tragedy, will now be held from September 13-15 in Leh. It was earlier scheduled for July. “We have decided to hold LIFF from September 13-15. The festival details and programme schedule remain the same as previously decided,” Melwyn Williams Chirayath, festival director, LIFF, said in a statement.

“LIFF had to be pushed back due to the massive human tragedy at Uttarakhand. We’re looking forward to a successful run of the second edition of LIFF and hope our patrons and well-wishers will participate with full gusto at the three-day festival,” said Chirayath.

The fest will be inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The upcoming edition will have its focus on ‘Celebrating Womanhood’. Acclaimed filmmaker Aparna Sen will be the jury’s chairperson this year.

The festival is likely to witness the presence of international names like German-based documentary filmmaker Paul Smaczny and American screenwriter Mathew Robbins.

Key highlights will include a retrospection on writer-lyricist Gulzar, curated by filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, and a tribute to the late filmmaker Yash Chopra. A panel discussion will be held on the role of women in Indian cinema and Indian society.

Stanley Ka Dabba filmmaker Amole Gupte, chairman of the Children’s Film Society of India, will host a workshop for children. A business conclave will be held. Some of those likely to attend the event include Shyam Benegal, Jaya Bachchan, Govind Nihalani, Aparna Sen, Shaji N Karun, Mani Ratnam, Santosh Sivan, Imtiaz Ali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Mike Pandey.

Talking about other new features, Chirayath stated: “We are introducing the Face of LIFF contest this year, to select a deserving winner who will walk the Green Carpet at LIFF. This contest will be open till August 25 through various social media sites.

“The winner will be appointed the ambassador of our popular campaign called Campaign Red.”Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • Dharmendra

    This festival is a congregation of thieves.

    They have run away with money of many and lot of cases are pending against them. They are cheaters and frauds especially the director who is an epitome of fraudness and has cheated on many. Check the cases against them in Tees Hazari and other courts.

    Please check the facts befor publishing such zeroes and making them heroes. They are symbols of debauchery.