The connect between a film fest and a scenic backdrop was established early, with the Venice and the Cannes festival. With sun-dappled beaches loaded with Bardot and Co, and gorgeously peeling away palazzos, they set the dominant paradigm. The Leh International Film Festival follows in their glorious footsteps. Greeting it in situ are (from left) Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, Deepti Naval, Rajit Kapoor, Govind Nihalani
and Amol Gupte.