Film (Documentary) Director Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, mountain passes are blocked, the summer Jeep road closes and buses stop. Two decades ago, three friends founded a ski school, to enable winter transportation in the valley, improve quality of life, and to encourage young people to stay in Zanskar by promoting a culture of mountain sports. In 2015, the friends decide to expand the reach of the school, a proven success so far, to a neighboring town. Along the way they ponder a bigger question – how can Zanskar’s wilderness be preserved while providing local people with employment and a motivation to stay? It is only a matter of time before the winter road is completed, and the “Big India” rushes in. www.shangkushelter.com
Film (Documentary and Short) Director Art, science and philosophy come together in a photography project aiming to depict the origins of life. Ela Kurowska, a Polish-Canadian biochemist and photographer creates colorful, otherworldly images of life forms using her innovative interpretation of science, polarized light and organic gels.
Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Liz goes to the art gallery to escape a dark world of abuse. In this space she is safe. She meets William. He is the man she has been dreaming of but is he real? Does it even matter?
Ela's Worlds - nominated for the best documentary under 45 min, The Northern Virginia Film Festival
BSc (Hons) Computer Science and IT, Open University, UK