Yala International Independent Film festival is the initiative of Nepal Independent Films, an organization that represents and promotes independent filmmakers and films from Nepal. This festival seeks to provide independent Nepalese filmmakers with a platform to showcase their films in the vibrant atmosphere of Lalitpur city known for its art and architecture as an inspirational backdrop. Additionally, the festival also holds the mission to utilize visual advocacy for the betterment of society and push the local raw stories from the land of Himalayas to the international arena via independent films. In the coming years, YIIFF will mature to became a venue for filmmakers to engage in artistic discussions and interactions.

YALA International Independent Film Festival is based in the historic and artistically rich city of Lalitpur/Patan (also known by its ancient name, Yala). The city is an open museum; the history of art, drama, music, poetry, songs, dances and storytelling is a part of the glorious history of ‘Yala’.

The main objective of YIIFF is to give a voice to the unheard independent voices from around the globe and it is a platform for independent Nepalese film-makers to showcase their talents. In addition to giving a voice to under-represented local filmmakers, the festival seeks to provide visual advocacy for the betterment of society by giving priority to films that depict an underlying message of change that targets social issues such as gender-based violence and discrimination, child labor, human trafficking, environmental advocacy, and corruption.

YALA International Independent Film Festival seeks to showcase independent films from the international arena that offer a unique flavor and a meaningful insight into the native culture.