Kathmandu, Dec 7 (RSS):
The 16th edition of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival kicked off here Friday.
The first three-wheeler (tempo) driver, Laxmi Sharma, singer Ani Chhoying Dolma and tabla player Dawa Yongjung Sherma, among others jointly inaugurated the film festival being organised both at the City Hall and Nepal Tourism Board. The festival continues till December 10.
There was a special show of a documentary 'Mountain' by an Australian director Jennifer Peedam. More than 70 films from 31 countries including Nepal would be screened during the festival. The festival is organised under the slogan 'Women Move Mountains'. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is the co-organiser of the festival.
Out of 14 films competing in the international competition, three films securing the first, second and third positions would bag 1,500 US dollar, 1,000 US dollar and 500 US dollar respectively.
Similarly, out of 20 films under the category of the best documentary/films with the theme of Nepal panorama, the first and second ones would get Rs 100,000 and Rs 75,000 prize respectively.
The best film on mountaineering would get the prize of 1,000 US dollar, while Apa Sherpa Foundation will provide a prize of 1,000 US dollar to the best adventurous film in the festival.
Similarly, the audience award along with Rs 50,000 would be presented to the film which becomes the first choice of most viewers.
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