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About DIFF

Druk International Film Festival (DIFF) is a monthly live screening film, music, and screenwriting competition with a live Annual Screening & Awards Show Event in the land of natural paradise Paro in Bhutan. The monthly live screenings take place at the end of each month at the below-mentioned venue.

GS PARK HALL,
Paro, Bhutan
Phone : +91-7044647394

The sole purpose of DIFF is to celebrate the joy of creation in the lap of nature. DIFF showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling.

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge is at the top of happiness index considered by United Nations. It is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations.

Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. The picturesque undulating grassland,bordered with the Tibetan plateau this incredible kingdom itself has been a cinema. Today’s urban life has separated us from the nature. But sometimes we all need to go back to the nature to feel the essence of life.

So to get the touch of the murmuring glacial river of Paro chu, the hereditary enriched Bhutanese culture, we are going to organize cinema, our film festival in the paradise town of Paro, in the lap of unlimited nature at our prestigious venue of Paro.

DIFF honors films from around the world with a vast array of awards in different categories and genres. Our mission is to discover diverse new voices & to promote artists’ work through numerous platforms.

In each edition, Filmmakers can submit their projects to have them judged by award winning industry professionals against a high standard of merit and compete with other filmmakers across the globe. Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories, but MUST submit to a MAIN CATEGORY to be considered for additional consideration. Please include the names being credited in your cover letter.

The monthly live screenings take place at the end of each month at an auditorium of Purulia. The Golden Dragon Awards gala will take place in April 2020 at the most prestigious auditorium of Paro.

Awards & Prizes

The officially selected project in each month receives DIFF laurel and certificate. All monthly Award Winners receive laurel and customized certificate and are rated on their respective IMDb pages (if applicable).

Each month, most representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Paro.

The awards are given in the following categories:

  • Best Director
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Designing
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Young Filmmaker (under 18)
  • Best Student Film
  • Best VR/AR and 360º Film
  • Best Drone Film
  • Best Web and New Media Film
  • Best Mobile Film
  • Best Horror/Science Fiction Feature Film
  • Best Women’s Film
  • Best Film on Women
  • Best LGBT Film
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Family/Children Film
  • Best Debut Filmmaker
  • Best Educational Film
  • Best Film on Disability Issue
  • Best Film on Religion
  • Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
  • Best Travel Film
  • Best Silent Film
  • Best One Minute Film
  • Best Postmodern Film
  • Best Free Speech Film
  • Best Television/Pilot Program or Series
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Commercial/Advertisement
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Film Score/Soundtrack
  • Best Trailer/Teaser
  • Best Film/Video Poster
  • Best Photography
  • Best Treatment/ Synopsis
  • Best Short Script
  • Best Feature Script
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Besides the BEST OF THE CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS, AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS and HONOURABLE MENTION AWARDS, which are given, in all categories.
Each year we select the Best of the Best (From the pool of all award winners from all Seasons) and the FINAL WINNERS receive the prestigious GOLDEN DRAGON AWARDS and are screened in the theatre at Paro in front of live audience.2020 Winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in the Q&A session after the screening.