The Himalayan Film Festival first edition will held in the capital city of Ladakh, Leh from September 24.
As per to officials, it will be 5-days-long movie gala that is being organised by the administration of union territory of Ladakh in a partnership with the Directorate of Film Festivals (DIFF) and also with the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The first edition of Himalayan film carnival will conclude on September 28.
Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports will be the chief prominent guest at the film carnival.
The first edition of film carnival is a part of the celebration of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' observing 75 years of India's Independence.
Accordingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for 'Jan Bhagidhari', the film festival will have active participation from the local filmmakers and display talent from across several himalayan states and Union Territories.
Popular regional movies from Assam, Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh apart from the Indian Panorama selected movies will be exhibited during the festival.
Several masterclasses will also roll out such as on film editing by Priya Krishnaswamy, wildlife by Nallamuthu, direction by Nila Madhab Panda and acting by Phonsok Ladakhi.
These masterclasses will focus to provide and build key skills and networking opportunities to budding as well as established filmmakers.
Prominent industry personalities including Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anupama Chopra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and actress Kirti Kulhari will be part of the movie gala.
The festival will also organised a competition section for short films and documentaries to acknowledge the talented filmmakers from the Himalayan.
Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani's latest release "Shershaah", a bipoic on Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra, will be opening the curtains, while "The Shepherdess of Glacier" will be screened at the closing ceremony.