Rishikesh International Film Festival 2018 Opens in Rishikesh

Entertainment | March 14, 2018 | News

Rishikesh International Film Festival 2018 which kicked off on March 12, 2018 will continue to March 18, 2018.The Film festival is being held for a duration of 7 days in the holy city of Rishikesh, Yoga Capital of the World, and has already attracted renowned filmmakers, artists, photographers, and spiritual leaders from around the globe. The Rishikesh International Film Festival is organised by Photographer and spiritually inclined Deja Cross.

The main theme of the festival is spirituality - spiritual practice, spiritual traditions and worship, spiritual places and festivals and spiritual activism and leadership among others. Rishikesh International Film Festival weaves the local communities and international guests in celebration of creativity and cultural arts in Rishikesh, the land of ashrams, temples, and Ma Ganga.

Deja Cross, the Founder and Director of the Festival, says about selecting the spiritual theme for the festival, "This year we are focused on Sadhana, Seva, and Satsang. We are bringing together spiritual leaders, films about spiritual life and experiences, and artists with a spiritual message."

Ms. Cross says, "We are honoured to present Dedication to Maharishi, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for Transcendental Meditation in Rishikesh. Presentations include: What is Maharishi's Vedic Science? by Anand Shrivastava, Director of Maharishi Ayurveda Programmes and Keynote Address with Dr John Konhaus, featuring 'The Experience and Practice of Transcending...the True Essence of Yoga: How to connect individual life with cosmic life in higher states of consciousness, and its application in the fields of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture and the Environment. Following the talks, a 4-hour compilation of films and videos will be screened from the Maharishi Archives."

Filmmakers Anmol Arora (B FOR BALLOON), David Hanrahan (THIS EXISTS), Ramana (Living Idle) and Harvinder Mankkar (KHOJ - A Journey of Soul), and Guru Anand Mehrotra (THE HIGHEST PASS) will be a few of the filmmakers, and cast members available after the film screenings for Q&A. Additionally, the festival will also have panels and workshops.Filmmakers, presenters and performers are from India, Russia Federation, Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, and United States.

Rishikesh International Film Festival is being supported by Government of Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and GMVN. The others partners and associated organisers of the festival are: Films Division Mumbai; Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India;  Enlightenment Now; Film Freeway; Tejasvi Photography; Urban Sip; AV Printers; 60s Cafe; Approach Entertainment; Approach Bollywood; Go Spiritual India; Deejay Doctor; Ad-Shastra; Motion Emotion; Eco Wild Camps; and Shortreelz.

The main theme of the festival is spirituality - spiritual practice, spiritual traditions and worship, spiritual places and festivals and spiritual activism and leadership among others.

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