2016 Submissions

Press Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


December 14, 2015


For Information:

Niyati Adhikari                                                                

Tel: 1-416-857-5317






Toronto, Ont.- TNFF 2016 team is pleased to announce that 75 film submissions have been received for the 7th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival, set to be held on March 19, 2016 at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto.


TNFF showcases films that pertain to Nepal or Nepalese people directed by filmmakers from around the world. This year, the entries were received from Nepal, Canada, France, Spain, USA, India, Bangladesh, and UK.


This year’s festival will be programmed by Surendra Lawoti. Lawoti teaches Photography as an Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His current photography project is based in Kathmandu and focuses on activists of marginalized groups including women, Dalits and indigenous nationalities during Nepal's constitution drafting process. His work has been exhibited internationally including The Fries Museum in The Netherlands, O' Hare International Airport in Chicago, Tufts University Gallery in Boston, Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, and the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi.


Films will be selected based on merit and the content of the films.  The programmer will consider relevant Nepali narratives, methods of storytelling, new  genres  in  the  context  of  Nepali  filmmaking,  technical  finesse,  and  other  attributes  of filmmaking in the selection process.


All films screened in the festival are paid an honorarium depending on the length of the film.  An Audience Choice and a Jury Choice award will be presented at the end of the festival, which have carrying a monetary value of CAD $1500 and CAD $500 respectively.   


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