By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, May 25: The Nepal-America International Film Festival (NAIFF) has announced its list of films to be screened this year.
The festival will showcase 37 films from 11 countries, including Nepal, America, Egypt, India, and Pakistan.
The NAIFF is set to take place from 22-25 June at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Old Greenbelt Theater in Maryland.
The festival will open on June 22 with the screening of ‘Ainaa Jhyal Ko Putali,' directed by Sujit Bidari from Nepal. This film was selected to represent Nepal at the Oscars.
The closing film will be ‘Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest,' directed by American director Nancy Svendsen. The festival will conclude on June 25 with the distribution of awards.
In collaboration with the Global Peace Film Festival Florida, two films will be screened, and there will be a special screening of 'The Secret of Radha' in the presence of director Subarna Thapa.
The festival will feature various categories, including feature films, documentaries, short films, and animations. The best films will receive awards, and the jury members for this year's festival will be announced soon, informed the organiser.
Additionally, there will be a panel discussion on film, culture, and new technology, organised in collaboration with the Parks and Planning Commission of Maryland.
Yuwakar Rajakarnikar, the festival director, expressed excitement about organising this year's event physically after the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film selection committee of the Nepal-America Film Society, based in Maryland, was responsible for selecting the films to be screened. Since its establishment in 2017, the society has been organising the festival annually.