Founder - Himalayan International Film Festival

Writer and Director: TAINTED FREEDOM - A SHORT film

Khenrab Palden was born in a small Tibetan refugee settlement in India in 1981. After completing middle school in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, where he was raised, in 2000 he joined Central University of Tibetan Studies in the Indian city of Varanasi. In 2005 he was awarded the Five College Tibetan Studies Program Scholarship at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Palden graduated from Hampshire College in 2009 with an undergraduate’s degree in Film Studies and Anthropology. He has since served the Tibetan communities across United States and Canada with his multimedia skills and expertise. Currently Khenrab is serving as one of the Board Members at the Tibetan Association of Washington, Seattle, undertaking the role of Media Co-ordinator.

After many years of working in non profit organizations and art institutions such as the Rubin Museum of Art (Curatorial Department Intern 2010 – 2011) and the Tibetan Youth Congress NY (Executive Secretary 2011 – 2013), Khenrab decided to pursue his own artistic endeavor and goals. He has since had photo exhibitions in New York, Minnesota and Seattle and continues to learn and improve his artistic talent. In 2014, with the help of over 105 contributors, he raised $6,920 of the pledged $5,500 on Kickstarter in order to realize his film Tainted Freedom – A Short Film (

In 2015 Khenrab was granted asylum by the US State Department in New York City. He then moved to Seattle and has since been working at Tasveer as the Sponsorship Coordinator. Tasveer puts together the largest South Asian Film Festival in the United States, and on 15th October, 2017 the organization concluded its 12th annual festival. Work is important for Khenrab but creating a community around his work is more important to him. "It's not about the best that comes out of what I do but rather it's all about the best that I can give to it," that's Khenrab's mantra in life.

Khenrab initiated the 1st ever Himalayan International Film Festival in Seattle’s Armory Loft at the Seattle Center. He envisions to create a platform for young filmmakers and in particular filmmakers from the Pan-Himalayan regions where they can showcase their work and talent and be noticed. August 26 – 27 (2017) brings the breathtaking views and the poignant stories in cinematic form, coming to you from countries like Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Seattle Center’s Armory Loft in Seattle, WA. Khenrab believes a festival like this is long overdue in the Seattle Art scene. 


Sample pictures and designs by Khenrab over the years