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Tenth edition of the Free Spirit Film Festival

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 24 October 2014

The tenth edition of the Free Spirit Film Festival is celebrating its ten-year milestone starting on Saturday with 30 films from around the world. There will be three world premières and one India première.

The festival will go on for five days in McLeod Ganj, according to the organisers.

Free Spirit Film Festival is an annual event held in McLeod Ganj to promote the joy, beauty and power of cinema. Aimed at sharing beautiful stories, concerns, interests, and creativity, the festival honours and promotes independent filmmakers from around the world.

The festival will be opened with Plundering Tibet [India Premiere] — A personal take on mining in Tibet, directed by Michael Buckley from Canada. The documentary shows the dire consequences of China’s ruthless mining in Tibet.

The festival will close with Umformung — The Transformation, directed by Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar from Kolkata. The film is a story of intense dimensions with two parallel stories: One, that of a Buddhist monk in a search for his inner truths, and the other is that of a female city builder whose belief in life is all about power, greed, and manipulation.

There will be thirteen film awards chosen by a grand jury, and an Audience Award decided by the film-goers.

The winner of the Free Spirit Award 2014 will be announced at the opening of the film festival. The Award is given to show appreciation for people working for peace and justice, social, and environmental issues around the world. The Free Spirit Award was started in 2003.

The Film Festival was started by Lobsang Wangyal, a social entrepreneur, in 2004, showing a wide variety of film genres, encapsulating the free spirit nature of the festival. Wangyal is known for producing other popular events such as Miss Tibet Pageant, Miss Himalaya Pageant, and Tibetan Music Awards.

The festival will be held for five days, from 25 to 29 October, at the Tibetan Day School at Dolma Chowk, McLeod Ganj, from 5 pm onwards.

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