Nepal Goverment Registered Charity No. 237/054/55
Tripureshwor Mahadev Temple, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: 00977 14242741
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
International Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal
“Music for life, Music for survival”
Invitation to Participate:
You are warmly invited to take part in a 3 day International Festival of Film, to be held in
Kathmandu, Nepal during November 2011, and to submit a film for inclusion in the
programme. The festival, encompassing any aspect of traditional music culture from any
country, especially instrumental folk music, song and dance, will be hosted by Music
Museum of Nepal in association with Kathmandu University Music Department,
Tribhuvan University Music Department, Oscar International College (College of Film
Studies) and the Handicraft Federation of Nepal. Etc.
Participants are requested to submit a short (3-15 mins) or longer (up to 1 hour) film. The
final list of films to be screened will be decided by an International Selection Committee.
The languages of the Film Festival will be English and Nepali. All films in languages
other than English should have English subtitles where appropriate.
National and foreign participants are also requested to bring demonstrations of their
traditional instrument making craftsmanship to display in the Handicraft Exhibition.
For advanced booking, please contact Music Museum of Nepal firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preliminary applications for registration and inclusion in this First International Folk
Music Film Festival in Nepal will be accepted now and have already been received from
ethnomusicologists and film makers working in Iran, India, Nepal and UK.
Looking forward to seeing you in Kathmandu. Best wishes and Namaste from
Ram Prasad Kadel (Director, Music Museum of Nepal)
Background to Music Museum of Nepal.
Ram Prasad Kadel started, in 1995, to collect and conserve traditional folk musical
instruments knowing that the number of Nepalese folk musicians and precious musical
instruments was declining rapidly. Subsequently, in 1997, he founded Music Museum of
Nepal with the mission of collecting, conserving and promoting folk musical instruments,
folk music and traditional dance of Nepal, to record folk melodies and their playing
techniques, to preserve the skills of instrument making craft workers and to facilitate the
teaching of related skills to youngsters.
Nepal is rich in both natural beauty and in culture; it possesses a wide and diverse folk
musical heritage represented by its numerous and versatile traditional musical
instruments. This small country has more than a hundred ethnic groups each with their
own musical culture and traditions to mark every occasion and rite of passage from birth
to death and beyond. Some of Nepal’s, culturally most important, ethnic groups and
castes are professional musicians who have preserved rare melodies, lyrics and
instrument making techniques, by passing on their skills from one generation to the next,
through the ages, despite their lowly position in society. Sadly, their way of life is now in
an extremely precarious condition but Music Museum of Nepal also aims to raise the
status of Nepal’s musician communities.
Music tradition has evolved along with human civilization and from earliest times has
been a medium for expressing both joy and suffering. In fact, music has been inseparable
from human life, beyond memory, since we started making music by clapping, whistling
and humming to accompany our dancing. In Nepal, as elsewhere, traditional music has
also long played the vital therapeutic role of ameliorating suffering and grief and soothing
ills; it can transcend a troubled mind to a realm of sublime peace but many of our
country’s numerous folk music traditions are on the verge of extinction, often supplanted
by imported popular western music and instruments. We are indebted to our ancestors for
developing our musical heritage and feel we should take the responsibility to preserve
and perpetuate our inheritance for the benefit of future generations.
In our present consumerist world, materialism tends to overshadow spiritualism and
aesthetics and encourages the rapid extinction of folk lore, music and tradition. Hence,
this First International Folk Music Film Festival has been planned to revitalize interest in
and raise awareness of Nepal’s rich music tradition and of Global folk music traditions
generally. It aims to uplift the life of traditional professional musicians and to put
pressure on local governments to include traditional music in the school curriculum.
The First International Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal
with the theme
“Music for Life, Music for survival”
will be held in Kathmandu from 25th November to 27th November 2011.
25th Nov. 10 am. Opening Ceremony of First International Folk Music Film
Festival in Nepal.
25th – 27th Nov. Film shows: daily morning (10am – 12.30pm) and afternoon (2 –
5pm) screenings of selected Folk Music Films followed by Question & Answer
sessions and an opportunity for the press; Journalists and other media personnel, to
meet filmmakers and ethnomusicologists.
26th Nov. Open Day and Press Meet in Music Museum of Nepal 1.00 – 4.00pm.
After the morning film session participants will move to Music Museum of Nepal,
Tripureshwor, where Lunch will be available from 1.00 pm and the museum will
be open to all until 4.00pm.
25th - 27th Nov. 10am – 5pm Handicraft exhibition continuing daily.
25th – 26th Nov. 6pm-8pm. Live concert of performances by traditional musicians.
27th Nov. 6pm- 8pm Awards and Closing Ceremony followed final concert of live
Further information for contributors.
On receipt of Preliminary applications the organizers will send out Application Forms
and a finalized Programme, together with the full festival rules and regulations, to
All films must be accompanied by an application form signed by the filmmaker/ producer
and a £35 GBP (or equivalent in USD or Euros) non-refundable fee. Details of how
payments can be made will be sent out with application forms.
Films must be received by the 31st July 2011. The film(s) may have originally been
made in celluloid or digital format (HD and SD) and may be from any time period.
5 DVD copies (Region 0/ALL) of each film will be required for the selection committee
plus 1 copy in mini DV tape (PAL format only) for screening.
Selection for screening will be made by an International Jury comprising of filmmakers,
musicians and academics. All films will also have to be approved by the Nepal Board of
Contributors will be informed, by an International Committee by the 31st August 2011,
whether their film has been selected for screening at the festival.
International film entries from those who do not attend the festival should include a
return postal address if filmmakers wish their original copies to be sent back to them.
Domestic films must be collected by the filmmakers from our main office in
All films will be viewed upon arrival and filmmakers will be notified of any damage.
Music Museum of Nepal will exercise the utmost care in handling the film copies but will
not be held responsible for any damages or loss incurred during transit. It is the
responsibility of the contributor to make sure s/he retains the original film and does not
send the only copy. Please inform the organizers by Email email@example.com when
film has been dispatched.
Note: Nepal does not have a secure or reliable postal service. Contributors must allow at
least 2 weeks for postal delivery and should be aware that the only certain form of
delivery from abroad is by International Courier. Full details will be provided with
A Registration fee:
£100 GBP (or equivalent in USD or Euros) will be charged to contributors from first
world countries whose films are selected for screening and who wish to attend the
festival; this will cover entrance to the Festival plus Nepali food during the day. Details
of how payments can be made will be sent out with application forms. Unfortunately the
organizers are unable to meet travel costs to and from Kathmandu but may be able to help
with accommodation (Bed and Breakfast) for foreign contributors. A list of Hotels in
different price bands can be provided for foreign visitors.
Music Museum of Nepal reserves the right to use and reproduce still and moving images
and audio from all submitted works for promotional purposes related to the festival.
It is the responsibility of the contributor to obtain permission for the film to be screened
at the Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal in 2011 if s/he does not own the copyright. The
organizing committee of Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal will also require permission
to distribute DVD copies of submitted films among members of the selection committee.
The films may be accompanied by a press kit, which could include any of the following:
1. Production Still Photographs
2. Film Release/ Production Date(s).
3. Newspaper and other print media articles, reviews and write-ups.
4. Filmography of the director/ Discography of the subject.
Awards will be presented for the best film entries and we hope to have a special category
for entries from students and young film makers.
Cinema tickets: members of the audience will be charged an entrance fee for each
City Tours: Guided tours of Kathmandu city can be arranged before or after the festival
if participants are interested.