The conflict in Kashmir has had a profound impact on the region's film industry.
Many of the cinemas have been converted for other functions since they were forcibly shut down by a rebel group.
Residents have largely relied on DVDs and tapes to keep in touch with the latest artistic offerings.
But now, a new film festival is hoping to change all this by reviving Kashmir’s once strong cinematic tradition.
Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports.