Film: Piano to Zanskar [update]

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Piano to Zanskar film poster by Mark Dingo Francisco

Piano to Zanskar is an award-winning documentary film. It tells the remarkable story of a 65-year-old English eccentric, Desmond Gentle, and his perilous mission to transport a piano from North London to a school 14,000 feet up in the Himalayas—the highest piano delivery in history.

You can read more about the adventure and the making of the film in a previous World Piano News article.

Since its release in 2018, Piano to Zanskar has been touring the film festival circuit to great acclaim, and has won several awards including:

  • The Grand Prize 2019 at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (the largest mountain film festival in the world)
  • Gold for Best Film 2020 at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival)
  • Gold for Best International Film 2019 at KIMFF (Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival)
  • Best Mountain Culture Film 2020 at VIMFF (Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival)

The awards and the enthusiasm from the audiences who have seen the film have prompted the producers, Between Friends, to seek ways of bringing Piano to Zanskar to a wider audience.

Kickstarter Campaign

And so a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to make possible a full theatrical release, as well as international TV and broadcast distribution, on-demand streaming, and DVD production.

image showing the team manhandling the piano on a Himalayan mountainside
Struggling on a Himalayan slope with a 1910 Broadwood upright piano

As is usual with such crowdsourcing campaigns various rewards are offered. These range from £10 to £7000. The target amount is £20,000 and this needs to be raised by Monday 6th April 2020.

Full details of the Piano to Zanskar campaign are on the Kickstarter website.

Piano to Zanska
Directed by: Michal Sulima
Produced by: Jarek Kotomski
Executive Producer: Desmond O’Keeffe, M J McMahon
Music by: Ernst Reijseger and Daniel Sonabend


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