New Hope for Filmmakers
Bhutanese filmmakers have found a new platform to display their works in the form of Beskop Tshechu, a festival of short films.
The growth of Bhutanese film industry in such a short time indicates a bright future.
Bhutan, a small country with a rich culture, is sandwiched between other South Asian countries that have strong and allpervading cultures of their own. The majority of the country’s population is Buddhist but Hinduism is also quite prevalent. An interesting fact about Bhutan is that it is the only country in the world where people’s well-being is measured by a Gross National Happiness index.
The country is also known for its rich art and cultural background, which is quite similar to that of Tibet’s and is mostly inspired by Buddhist art forms. After remaining secluded for a long time, Bhutan is gradually opening up to the world and the people of Bhutan are exploring new avenues to broaden their horizon and present their culture in new forms, one of them being short films and documentaries.
Bhutan’s entertainment industry, especially the cinema industry, is not a developed one. In fact, in comparison with the film industries of neighboring countries such as India, the industry in Bhutan seems to be in its early stages of development.
The first film made in Bhutan was Gasa Lamai Singye, which was released in 1989. Since then only 89 films have been made. Out of these, a few went on to gain international recognition and even won some international awards.
The plot of most of Bhutanese films revolves around traditional folklore, legends, culture and history. However, some of the recent movies seem to be more inspired by both Hollywood and Bollywood themes, especially the Hindi films and their songs that seem to have a strong influence on young Bhutanese filmmakers.
In recent years, a number of Bhutanese filmmakers have taken their movies to film festivals around the world. Thanks to their exposure to the concept, film festivals are