The third edition of the Tibet Film Festival, based in London, kicks off July 1 with the international premiere of Road to Peace, including a Q&A with director Leon Stuparich and the Dalai Lama’s UK representative, Thubten Samdup.

The festival will take place in London throughout July - the month of the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday - before going on tour from August.

The programme also takes in the UK premiere of Dirk Simon’s When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun and a performance by soundtrack contributor Damien Rice. Offshoot events include a performance by poet John Hegley, a music event and a photography exhibition looking at the issues of climate change and water on the Tibetan Plateau.

The festival is a non-profit initiative and this year supports the Tibet House Trust and relief efforts towards the recent earthquake in Kyegudo, in the Kham region of eastern Tibet.