YALA INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (YIIFF)
YIIFF Award 2019
Audience Choice Award
The journey of an eleven years old monk, who finds his way of applying the Buddha's teachings of compassion and joy in an unconventional way.
Best Fiction award
An intimate portrayal of the lost generation of post-conflict Yugoslavia. Convincing
performances by all three main characters. A well-paced and touching film.
Best Fiction (Short) award
Brave and very powerful film about a delicate subject matter, well executed with extremely
believable performances from both the young and adult cast.
Best Documentary award
Fascinatingly interwoven narrative of visuals and words, a film that brings together the
century-old memoirs of a Western explorer with present-day images and faces, taking us on a
journey through Mongolia, Japan, China and Korea.
Best Director (Feature) award 2019
Very accomplished directing in this polished crowd-pleasing dark comedy.
Best Director (Short) award 2019
A technically proficient and well directed film that explores a husband and wife struggling to
come to terms with their internal demons and mental health issues.
Best Screenplay award
A clever and well written narrative for this powerful film which explores the ambiguity of the
relationship between the talents of children and the corrupt modern art world.
Best Cinematography award
Very clever use of environment and natural light to give a voyeuristic approach to the
storytelling, which allowed the actors to give completely effortless and convincing
performances in this heartfelt narrative short.
Best Editor award
Interesting use of montage and experimental editing styles in this ambitious black comedy.
Best Actor award
A standout performance by this actor for what must have been a challenging role in this
Best Actress award
A sublime and dignified performance by this utterly convincing lady in a thought provoking
and mesmerizing short.
Message From Organizer
Wishing you all the best for a festival that grows in importance each year and brings joy and Entertainment to Nepal.Best wishes from Michael Etherton UK Jewish Film Festival, London
It has wonderful meeting Nisha & hearing about Nepal & Yala International Independent Film Festival. Nisha brought a new, fresh perspective to the course which was vital due to the heavy European dominance. It was a privilege to meet and work with her. We must all go to YALA( YIIFF)Best wishes from Luke Doran Independent Cinema Office UK
Hi Nisha, It has been a pleasure meeting you and learning about your festival. You guys are impressing. Give me a shout if ever in Norway.Best wishes from Tonje Jacobsen Filmfest Trondheim Norway
Like mathematics, like music, this sort of independent film festival is also a universal language. It presents in the form of films, the real life and real work of the people, which are worth presenting to the world. Bhasa Bid Scholar MR.SATYA MOHAN JOSHI
It’s been a pleasure meeting you and I wish you all the best with your festival. Best Wishes from Lucile Bourliaud Flatpack Festival U.K
Dear Nisha It was a privilege to meet you and getting to know your festival. keep up the good job, stay in touch and hopefully, I will be able to visit you soon. Wishes from Antigoni Papantoni Visions du Reel, IDFA Thessaloniki FF Diversions Short Film Festival.Switzerland
I just wish the best for such an important project like yours. Think creatively, be resourceful and passionate. Lot’s of Love from Felipe Montoya Bogoshorts Colombia
Being the metropolitan mayor, I would like to congratulate the organizers because you are doing a fantastic nice job here! I would also like to tell you that I will walk together with you. As you said, you are going to show movies and documentaries in all 29 wards of my constituency. So it is a great job! I would like to assure you that there will be no stone unturned in providing our help. MR.CHIRI BABU MAHARJAN Mayor of Lalitpur Municipality
Hey Nisha, wishing you a wonderful ride, finding your way in establishing our festival as something everyone can be incredibly proud of.I'm so convinced that you can pull it off and I look forward to your next program. Go Nepal Go YIIFF. Wishes from Chris Oosterom Imagine Film Festival The Netherlands
Hi Nisha, It has been lovely to meet you at DYFF and amazing to hear about your festival and what you try to achieve for the film industry in Nepal.Hope I can visit someday and of course you are always welcome at Glasgow Short Film Festival UK Best Wishes from Sanne Jehoul
I’ve never seen or heard of a festival as interesting, or more importantly essential as Yala I wish the best things for the festival in the year to come. Best Wishes from James Calver Independent Cinema Office.
Wish you a lot of Partnership, Sponsorship, Funding and more Audiences.Love from Mariam Chutkerashvilli. CineDOC-Tbilisi Georgia
Best of luck for the festival and make the most of the fantastic contacts (and friends!) you have made at DYFF 2019. Best wishes from Sarah Boiling.Independent Consultant and Former Deputy Director of the Audience Agency .UK
Dear Nisha you’re making our amazing project keep it this way See you in Nepal @YIIFF Best wishes from Ekaterine Bakker SHNIT WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.Switzerland
Like mathematics, like music, this sort of independent film festival is also a universal language. It presents in the form of films, the real life and real work of the people, which are worth presenting to the world. Bhasa Bid Scholar MR.SATYA MOHAN JOSHI Bhasa Bid Scholar
You are a sign from the universe to me. I was always dreaming about visiting Nepal looking forward to being a part of your festival. Keep going to promote your YIIFF, your country, your culture, and tradition. You are doing well. Develop your film industry and your Festival Greetings from Sergiu Cumantrenco YOUBESC Moldova 26.07.19
I’m inspired to hear about your festival in Nepal. Hope to see it grow to prosper for many years to come. Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to visit. Best of luck for your festival’s future and keep up the good work and your passion Best Wishes from Wendy Mitchell Screen International and Zurich Film Festival.UK
Non stop Energy Lots of Love Rimante Daugelaite-Cegelskiene Vilnius International Short Film Festival Lithuania
When I got the invitation, I said I won’t miss it under any circumstances. There is a great Brazilian film festival by the name of Gramado Film Festival. I will try to do my part by trying to act as a link between the two so that YIIFF will benefit from their experience and expertise. Lalitpur is, I cannot hide this, my favorite town in the valley and come here very often. I think it’s worthwhile coming here. An initiative like this will enhance the standing of Patan, Lalitpur divulging cultural wonders and the wonderful artistry this place has to present. Ms.Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa Honorable Ambassador of Brazil
I wish you the most fun ever at your next Festival even when things go wrong or money is low. Fun is the most important. Wishes from Loes Brinkman Noordelijk Film Festival The Netherlands
Nisha, it is extremely important and courageous what you are doing. It’s the impressive groundwork for social change and promotion of cinematic culture and heritage. I keep my fingers crossed for your festival and you can always hit me up for any expertise you might need. Best Wishes from Stanislaw Liguzinski Imagine Film Festival.The Netherlands