Film Festival Lakeside Doc Fest 2016 | Festival of International Documentaries

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Workshop: Thursday, 15 March 2018 | Film Festival: Friday, 16 - Monday, 19 March 2018, various timings

The Lake Resort

Presented by formedia in association with The Lake Resort

The Lakeside Doc Festival is a space for intensive viewing of benchmark international documentaries. The festival focusses on serious, creative documentaries on wide-ranging themes of human interest, and does not emphasise on thematic or deliberate controversy-slanted films. The weightage is on films that reflect a high professional level of the art and craft of the documentary.
The setting is a non-metropolitan central Himalayan forest and lakeside. It is conducive to rumination and informal small-group discussions around the films. There are no parallel events, no commercial / market elements like awards and pitching. Guests just enjoy the sheer, unadulterated experience of viewing documentaries. The bonfire evenings with special guests is an informal but warm, intensive and cherished interaction.
The festival began in co-operation with DOK Leipzig of Germany in 2013. Over the years, the partnerships have extended to Film Festival Locarno-The Semaine (Switzerland), Cinema du Reel (France) and Krakow Film Festival (Poland). Each year, over three days, about 12-14 short and long creative documentaries are screened, representing nearly as many countries.
The Lakeside Doc Festival is presented by formedia in association with and at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. It is mainly supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, apart from some kind donations by individual patrons. Other supporters provide substantial indirect costs to cover the travel and stay of international film-makers or screening fees. They include Embassy of Switzerland, Alliance Francaise, Embassy of France and French Institut. Together, all contributions make the festival a rich experience. It is expected that these co-operations will also lead to a series of Documentary Appreciation Workshops targeted for general audiences and media / film students.