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July 24- August 3, 2020 | Launching: 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT

Online World Premiere of Piano to Zanskar

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Online World Premiere of Piano to Zanskar

We are proud to announce the online World Premiere screening of the multiple award-winning film Piano to Zanskar. It’s a powerful story about a man, a mountain and a piano. We hope you’ll join us and be entertained and inspired by this incredible tale.

Ticket and Viewing Info

Tickets are $13 in advance for one online viewing, which will support both the filmmakers and the VIMFF. If there are multiple viewers on one screen, we ask that you consider donating an extra few dollars to this show. For those experiencing hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have created the discount code “COVID” for $4 off.

VIMFF’S Piano to Zanskar Show will be available at 12:00pm PDT on Friday July 24 ending at 11:59pm PDT on Monday August 3. The film will be accessible for streaming (not download) and everyone that buys a ticket will receive a link. This will enable you to login and enjoy the film at any time during this time frame. Please note you have 72 hours to watch the film from when you activate your code.

Show Info

Dates: July 24-August 3 / 2020
Launching: 12:00pm PDT on Friday, July 24
Ending: 11:59pm PDT on Monday, August 3

The film will be accessible for streaming (not download) anywhere in the world.

Read online screening FAQs

The Film

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Piano to Zanskar

2020 VIMFF Best Mountain Culture Film

Director: Michal Sulima
Origin: UK
Duration: 86 minutes

Facing his future in retirement, 65 year old piano tuner Desmond O’Keeffe, decides to take on the most challenging and perilous delivery of his four decade career. He’ll transport a 100 year old, 80 kilogram, Broadwood and Sons upright piano, from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas.

Setting off from his Aladdin’s Cave-like workshop in trendy Camden Town, and enlisting the help of two young and eager apprentices, Desmond’s ambitious destination is a primary school in Lingshed, Zanskar. At 14,000 feet above sea level, it is one of the most isolated settlements in the world.

Aided by a team of local Sherpas, as well as a motley crew of yaks and ponies, Desmond and his trusty assistants are tested to their limits both physically and psychologically. As they cross sheer mountain passes of breath-taking beauty, this expedition will be the highest piano delivery in the world. It will be the ultimate gesture of music’s universal power: to inspire strength and bring joy.

This incredible film features an original music score by Werner Herzog collaborator, Ernst Reijseger (‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’).

The Trailer



You selected the option to keep this pass for yourself. The billing information below will be used to assign your access to the VIMFF Online Portal where you will be able to login and watch the films when the Festival starts on February 25, 2022. If you haven’t created a login before, you will receive your invitation soon after purchase.


You selected the option to give this pass as a gift. Please add your gift recipient’s name and email below. This will ensure that they receive an invitation to join our VIMFF Online Portal where they will be able to watch the films when the Festival starts on February 25, 2022. We will send their invitation in late January, 2022, when we launch our Festival Program.

Please note: Once you complete checkout, you will receive a confirmation email which contains a gift certificate and instructions to send to your gift recipient if you’d like to do so.



Feb 1 – Feb 24

Adult: $25
Youth (16 and under): $23
Senior (65+): $23




Feb 25 – Mar 6

Adult: $27
Youth (16 and under): $25
Senior (65+): $25





Dec 9 – Jan 31

Online Film Pass: $75


Feb 1 – Mar 15

Feature Film: $10
Workshop: $10
Live Panel Discussion: $10
Show: $18
Online Film Pass: $90

  • The Online Film Pass gives you access to watch all 50+ films that will be screened as part of the 15 shows during the VIMFF 2022.
  • Tickets sales close on March 15 at 11:59pm (PDT) and you will have until March 27 at 11:59pm (PDT) to view the shows.
  • For those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a discount code to reduce the price of the film pass by $10, a single show ticket by $4 and a feature film ticket / workshop by $2. Apply the coupon code, COVID at checkout to receive this discount.
  • Please read our Online Screening FAQs or contact tickets@vimff.org if you have any questions.