UNITED MERLIN (INT'L) FILMS CO. Founded in 1983, the Company is engaged in film production and distribution, especially in Mainland China in recent years. It imports films for release in Mainland China cinemas . It also holds rights of movies and TV series distribute to Thailand, Japan, Korea etc. Films co-produced and distributed include "The Young Hero of Shaolin Part II" and "Abbot Hai Teng of Shaolin" are proceeding to HD format for distribution in VOD and TV. Distribute Chinese TV series to Thailand, Janpan, Korea such as titled "Confucius" "Cao Cao" "Mao Tse-Tung" "Singing All Along" "Queen of Han" "Last Emperor" etc. also holds India rights for some titles.
Mukesh Sharma is the Director General of Films Division, Mumbai, Festival Director of Mumbai International Film Festival and the Head of Commercial & Revenue division of Prasar Bharti at Mumbai. Sharma started his career by starting the first Children’s Film Society in 1980 under the chairmanship of stalwarts like Dr. V Shantaram, Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bachchan and Amol Palekar, who shaped his thinking and work ethic. He produced over 50 films during his tenure with CFSI. He also directed the film Anokha Aspatal, which won a special mention at the National Awards in 1990 from the President of the Republic of India, during the sixth International Children's Film Festival. The nation’s first Indo-Mauritius co-production venture was initiated by Sharma which won him the National Award in the best Children's Film category in1990. Sharma is also responsible for organizing various Children film festivals in India and abroad and was actively associated with the marketing of these children films. Under his leadership, in 2001 Doordarshan Mumbai Kendra received the “All Round Excellence” Award was presented to him by the former vice president of India Krishna Kant. Sharma has contributed 35 years of his experience in working as a public service broadcaster and won several national and international awards including Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution in Electronic, Media by Global Sindhi Council 2015 ad National Award for the Year 2015.
Supran Sen has been associated with the Film Industry for the last 40 years and has held several key positions in various associations in the media sphere. He has been the Secretary for General Film Federation of India, General Film and TV Producers Guild of India, Indian Motion Pictures Association of India, Indian Motion Pictures Distributors Association, All India Film Producers Council, Theatre Owners Association, Indian Film Exporters Association and Film Makers combine. He is also the Founder Secretary of Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers and Indian Federation against copyright theft. He has also been a Consultant for Entertainment Division (FICCI) and Modi Entertaining Group and Member of Copyright Enforcement Council Government of India and a Board Member (Executive Committee), FIAPE. He has also been a Founder and a Director (Coordination) on the board of Mumbai Academy of Moving Images. He has also participated in all major Film Festivals/Markets around the world including in Cannes, Berlin, Bangladesh, Venice, Locarno, Rome, Hongkong, Denmark, Hungary and in The United States of America.
Percy Fung is a Hong Kong based producer and technical director. He is the owner and founder of Digital Magic in Hong Kong, which serve movie production and post production works in Hong Kong, China, Asia and the rest of the world. In digital cinema post works, he has been providing world technical distribution services, with special effort on cinema DCP/KDM keys and OTT/DRM management.With over 40 years of advanced imaging work services and Asian movie production experience he has been involved with 3D stereo movies, 4K TV series, and 4K virtual reality program. Percy Fung is currently the Honorary Permanent Chairman of Hong Kong Association of Motion Pictures Post production professionals, Director of the board, Hong Kong Film Awards, Chairman, S3DHK, Hong Kong 3D Stereoscopic Industry Alliance, Chairman of South-east Asia - International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Hong Kong, Vice-chairman of Digital Entertainment Association. He has also served as adjunct professor for the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, director of the Hong Kong Film Awards and member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council.
Komal Nahta is the Editor, Printer and Publisher of Film Information, India’s largest film trade journal. Mr. Nahta is preferred as the No.1 Film Trade Analyst in Bollywood nowadays. His reviews are considered the gospel truth not just in the industry but also among the public, the latter because of the various television channels airing his reviews and opinions on film industry matters. Satellite channels like CNBC, STAR, Zee, Sony, Sahara, B4U, NDTV, besides Doordarshan, often carry his interviews. Because of his sharp analytical and business prediction abilities, the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) had appointed him as advisor for its film financing scheme. He is the only film personality to be appointed by IDBI. He has vast experience in judging commercial and financials of films and film entertainment ventures. Mr. Nahta serves as a Member of Advisory Council of Cinema Capital. By qualification, Mr. Nahta is a Chartered Accountant, which gives him an edge over others in the field because of his ability to assess the financial aspects of film projects and production companies.
A Multi Tasker in the Filmed Entertainment Business having been born in a family,third generation to be precise that has dealings in film financing,distribution and exhibition.Released more than 100 films in Hindi,English and Regional languages in Mumbai circuit as well as for All India circuits.Have been actively involved in the distribution and marketing strategy of films.Keenly involved in the family exhibition business and control programming for a couple of cinemas in Mumbai.Experience in the production sector and worked as a line producer for films as well as handled artist management Also serving as an executive member of the Indian Motion Picture Distributors Association and Film Federation of India since a couple of years.
Daggubati Suresh Babu
Daggubati Suresh Babu is a Telugu film producer, studio owner and distributor and Managing Director of Suresh Productions, one of India’s largest integrated production powerhouses which owns around 400 theatres in the country, and has exhibited over 1500 blockbuster films. Suresh Babu has been instrumental in shifting the Telugu film industry to Hyderabad. He has produced several successful feature films, and continues to add to his growing repertoire. He produced several hit films under Suresh Productions including Bobbili Raja, Coolie No.1, Preminchukundam Raa, Ganesh, Kalisundam Raa, Jayam Manade Raa, Nuvvu leka nenu lenu, Malliswari,Tulasi, Drushyam and Gopala Gopala. Suresh has served as the president of the A P Film Chamber of Commerce for the year 2011–12 and was unanimously elected the president of Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce (TFCC) from 2015-17. He is the first president of the body after AP Film Chamber of Commerce was renamed Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce.
Ketan Mehta is one of the most internationally acknowledged filmmakers from India and also one of the pioneers in Indian movie animations. It was in 1996, he started exploring the possibilities of art & technology of animation in India and shared the knowledge with the industry to inspire it to the magic world of animation and special effects. Ketan ji has received many National and International awards for his well-known films like 'The Rising - Ballad of Mangal Pandey', 'Mirch Masala', 'Maya Memsaab', 'Sardar', 'Holi' and 'Bhavni Bhavai'. After graduated in film direction from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Mehta joined the Indian Space Research Organisation as a television producer. His recent movie "Manji the Mountain Man" was well received among the cineastes.
Ashish S K
Ashish S K is the founder of Punnaryug Creations. Ashish S K was heading Reliance Animation & Reliance AIMS as CEO. He has taken Reliance Animation to the global arena while carving a niche as the finest Indian animation studio for original IP creation. Ashish, the most respected and sought-after Indian animation guru in the global arena, being considered as the face of Indian animation, has successfully completed and marketed several animation films for studios in Hollywood over the last nine years. Ashish has been a mentor, an educationist and a constant inspiration to the creative youth to excel in the art of storytelling through animation.
K. Basi Reddy is an entrepreneur and the founder Chairman & Managing Director of the Media & Entertainment Company - Digiquest India Limited headquartered in Hyderabad, India. This company is in the forefront of Digital Film making Technology in India and is quickly making forays into setting up the educational infrastructure both digital and offline in the Animation & Gaming Industry as well as other related opportunity areas in Media & Entertainment. He is also the Ex promoting partner of the well established company - Info Tech Enterprises, now known as Cyient recognized as one of the top successful multinational IT Companies from Hyderabad, India.
T.P. Aggarwal is the Chairman and Managing Director of Star Entertainment Worldwide Pvt. Ltd. Star Entertainment Worldwide is in the business of presenting, producing and distributing films globally. He is one of the pioneers in this diverse business enterprise, encompassing film production, education, television content, state-of-the-art post production and print publications. With over 30 years of experience in the business. He produced various film such as Sautela Pati, Return Of Jewel Thief, Bharat Bhagya Vidhata, Love In Nepal, Manoranjan etc. At present he completed shooting of his Hindi feature film LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LADDOO DEEWANA.
Dil Raju is an Indian film producer and distributor. He is one of the most successful Telugu film producers. He produces his films along with his two partners, cousin Sireesh and friend Lakshman, under Sri Venkateswara Creations.He has produced successful films such as Dil, Arya, Bhadra, Bommarillu, Parugu,Kotha Bangaru Lokam, Brindavanam, Mr. Perfect. Etc
Sanjay A Wadhwa Managing Director of A P International Group and a global board member of Entrepreneur's Organization based in Chennai is a business graduate from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania,US. He started his career with the traditional family business of financing films and he moved on to be a leading overseas exporter of Tamil films first and now Malayalam too. He contributed to the setting up of the export of South Indian Film Exporters Association, thus making films more organized. He has business interests in all verticals of the film industry ranging from financing to distribution, exhibition and content acquisition & aggregation.
Viveck Vaswani started his career in the first soap opera on television as an actor, ‘Khandaan’ and went on to regale audiences in ‘Zabaan Sambhal Ke’ and many other prime time shows on Indian TV. He has produced 30 films in the last 30 years, including “Patthar Ke Phool’ in which he launched Anant Balani as a director along with Raveena Tandon, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress, “Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman” in which he launched Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Aziz Mirza and music directors Jatin Lalit, “Dil Vil Pyar Vyar” in which he launched Ananth Narayan Mahadevan as a director and the internationally acclaimed ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine’, in which he launched Rahul Bose as a director, Rehaan Engineer, Koel Purie, Boman Irani as actors. This film opened at the Toronto International Film festival and went on to being officially selected to Jerusalem, London, Philadelphia, Palm Springs and 14 other international festivals. Viveck Vaswani has acted in 90 Bollywood films including “King Uncle”, “Josh”, Aa Ab Laut Chalen” , “36, China Town” and many more. Viveck Vaswani is now a producer, writer, consultant to many Bollywood Corporates as well as a teacher. He worked with the Zee network on Cinestars Ki Khoj, has mentored major start ups like Nimbus, BookMyShow.Com and Asht Vinayak Cine Vision among others. Viveck Vaswani is also on the board of the Dallas Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, and currently works as Consulting Producer at Aerika Cineworks and teaches for the students of the Shiamak Davar Institute. Viveck Vaswani has mentored many talents in Bollywood, who have grown from being his assistants to major film stars and directors today. Notable among them are Ashutosh Gowarikar, Sanjay Gupta, Sanjay Gadhvi, Onir, Dilip Joshi (Taarak Mehta).
John Caffera maintains the unique position in the Marketing and Advertising industry of having successfully managed both at large, International Advertising Agency Film and Television Production Department as well as a sizable International Commercial Production company. One of John’s principle responsibilities is to offer clients on both the Ad Agency and Advertiser sides of the industry, solutions to their most pressing financial and/or logistical commercial production problems. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President/Director of Film and Broadcast Production for one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies, Bates Worldwide. John currently serves as an Executive Vice President Director of New Business Development.
Dave has valued business enterprises, intangible assets, shareholders’ equity and equity derivatives across a wide spectrum of industries and for a variety of purposes. Previously, He held senior positions with several international accounting firms including Coopers & Lybrand, BDO Seidman and Deloitte & Touche.After graduation from law school , Mr. Kissell practiced law in Connecticut and as a legal associate performed general research and writing and presented oral argument in numerous venues.He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst as designated by the CFA Institute and an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers.
Jean Thoren, is the owner, publisher and managing editor of Los Angeles-based Animation Magazine Inc. and all of its related endeavors. For over 28 years, Animation Magazine has been the first and is the only international monthly publication dedicated solely to the art, technology and business of animation. Jean travels the world to seek out emerging studios and artists and has served on numerous animation industry panels, boards and festival juries over the past two decades. Some of these include, The Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France, Ficci Frames in India, Hong Kong’s, Filmart along with delivering keynote speeches at China’s Hangzhou Culture & Creativity Industry Forum, The 4th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Pixetl in Mexico and the Xiamen International Animation Festival in China.
Stanley Johnston began his extensive career first in the music business before including television and movies to his list of many talents. In 1974, while attending University of California at Berkeley, Stanley began working with Crosby, Stills, & Nash as a producer, music mixer, and live sound engineer. He’s maintained his position as a producer and sound engineer for CSN, and expanded his repertoire to include television and film. Stanley currently works at Warner Brothers Studios on projects as a post-production supervisor and sound mixer. He was the re-recording mixer on many great films, including: the director’s cut of “Das Boot” with Wolfgang Petersen, “Gettysburg,” “Gods and Generals,” “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” “Up In the Air” and “Jobs” to name a few. Most recently, Stanley’s continued work with CSN and CSNY has come to light in a chart topping box-set entitled “CSNY Live 1974.” Stanley continues his work as both a producer and re-recording mixer for on a variety of projects that include the up-comming “Jimi Hendrix: The Last Experience” among others.
Herb Dow is an entertainment technology marketing and sales consultant with a long history in the Hollywood post-production industry. Herb worked for many years as a film editor. Considered by many to be the “father of non-linear editing,” Herb pioneered the design and implementation of the Ediflex, one of the first and by far the most popular of the pre-digital non–linear editing systems, and was instrumental in growing the company. He subsequently helped to build Encore Non-linear into the largest Avid editing system rental business in the world. As Senior Vice President of Lightworks, he began a lasting connection with the filmmakers of the future by donating over 30 editing systems to film schools across the US. He then helped create a visual effects division at Encore Video and within 12 months, the division became a major force, creating the effects for such hit shows as “Ali Mcbeal”, “X-Files” and “Charmed”. He founded Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter in 1998. He was Senior Vice President of Media.net the leading fiber provider to the worldwide entertainment community. He is now a sales and marketing consultant for new entertainment technology: He is a founder of Postproductionpro.com the linked in for the post industry. Herb is a member of American Cinema Editors, UCLA Television and Film Educational Board and F.O.C.U.S. Institute of Film Board of Advisors. He was a Visiting Professor at UCLA Extension (1990-1995), teaching electronic post-production and at Loyola Marymount (1996 - 2002), teaching “The Art of Film Editing.” Awards: 1984 Emmy Award “Design and implementation of Electronic Editing for filmed programs” (Shared with Adrian Ettlinger)
Adriana Perez Villa
Adriana Perez graduated as a journalist from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a Masters from the International Documentary Film School of Barcelona. She has worked as the editor of a radio program of the NGO Movement for Peace. Since 2013, she is the co- director of Inclús, Barcelona International Disability Film Festival. She has directed her own documentary “Continous race" showing the adaptation of a woman who is losing sight.
The Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) is a 12-month initiative that focuses on celebrating filmmaking, and seeks to work collaboratively with filmmakers from around the global community. With a love for his homeland and the belief that St. Lucia is more than capable of increasing the filmmaking opportunities on it’s shores, Brother Umoja created the Piton International Film Festival.
Marta de Muga
Marta de Muga is a journalist from the Autonomous University of Barcelona focused on social documentary filmmaking. She has worked as an audio technician in a monthly radio program on Boca Radio, “Bonobolitza't", with subject about culture of peace and human rights. Nowadays, she is the co-director of Inclús, Barcelona International Disability Film Festival.
Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada, Murray Stiller is an accomplished picture editor, sound designer, documentary filmmaker, and professor. He was one of four editing residents chosen to attend advanced studies at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre. A member of IATSE 891, the Motion Picture Producer’s Association, and Vancouver Post Alliance, Murray brings a thorough knowledge of feature films, television, and digital production. His PhD dissertation from the European Graduate School is titled 'Sound in Cinema'.
Francesca Ruth Levi
Francesca Ruth Levi is a director who works in a variety of mediums ranging from theatre, opera and film. Everyday Arias is an exciting new project, the first festival Francesca is directing and curating that combines the art of opera with short films. Currently it has some extremely exciting screening possibilities including Hinckley Fringe Opera Festival. The first instalment of Everyday Arias has submissions from around the globe from China to the United States.
Steve Révérand, with a background in both Multimedia and Film has been working as an editor on various films and as production and post-production manager for Prague Film School. In 2012, he co-founded The LAB, a Media Production Company with the aim to develop a wide range of feature films projects for upcoming international filmmakers.
Los Angeles native Tracey Adlai is the Founder & Director of The Valley Film Festival, now in its 16th year. She holds a BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, has served as Chair of Tisch West Alumni Council, and has worked on the agency, production, and distribution side of film.
Scott Hillier is an Australian Director / Cinematographer / Screenwriter / Producer based in Paris. He is also the Founder and President of The European Independent Film Festival. Scott has worked for 10 years traveling the world for BBC News and Current Affairs, mainly in war zones and has worked in over 50 countries. He was Director of Production at Image Group Entertainment, NYC and has directed and photographed documentaries for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, SKY TV, France 3, PBS and Channel 4 UK. He has also served as Supervising Producer / Director for the critically acclaimed CBS forty-two part television series ‘The Bravest’. Scott has also directed films for Christian Dior, David Garcia, Microsoft and Coca Cola. In addition to serving as President of The European Independent Film Festival he is also The Chief Creative Officer for the Zs2 Media Group in Paris.
Giedre Bumbulyte is the Festival Coordinator at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. She spent 5 years coordinating the film section at Devilstone Music festival in Lithuania before returning to full time work at ÉCU in 2015.
Festival director and co-founder of Fast Anchor Film Festival, working to find and support the best in independent filmmaking talent.
Festival Administrator at Fast Anchor Film Festival, working on the day-to-day operations of the festival, it’s marketing and programming.
John Currie, the Director of The Beeston Film Festival is a business consultant who has become increasingly involved with film, first producing the award winning film, Go With God, then launching the Beeston Film Festival.” “ The Beeston Film Festival is an innovative short film festival that brings a global cinematic experience to Nottingham. Festival selections are made by local Beestonians, whilst the award panel that spans the world, including USA, Greece, Taiwan and South Africa, judge who are worthy of the festival’s charismatic award, the B ‘Oscar.
Leo is the creator and general director of FRAPA, the Screenwriting Festival of Porto Alegre, the first of its kind in Latin America. He is the founder of Coelho Voador (Flying Rabbit), a Brazilian script company. Master in Screenwriting for TV and Cinema at University of Salamanca (Spain), he is the co-producer and writer of the award winning short “Ed”, selected for over 100 film festivals over the world and with 28 awards to its name. Leo has been writing scripts for feature, shorts and series – for channels like Canal Brasil, RBSTV, Globo International, Prime Box Brazil, TVE and TV Brasil. His first feature film as a producer and writer is “Back in 1997”, winner of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture Film Fund, with releasing scheduled for 2016. In next year he will debut in direction with the documentary feature “Tarso de Castro” and his next fiction “After Being Ashes” will be shoot in Brazil and Croatia in November 2016. In 2014, Leo was selected for the Berlinale Talents program, during the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
Nick Bigtower is a producer and director, known for award-winning short I run (2014) and TV-series Outsiders in Palermo (2008) featured in model/actress Claudia Ciesla.He was the coordinator of ‘AperitivoCorto’ in Sicily (2009), a Traveling Circuit Festival founded in 2005 in Italy. He is the Art Director of International Online Web Fest for 2 years in a row.
Elisa Bonsignori is an Italian film critic and she has worked for a couple of the long-established cinema magazines. She is working as critic for a new publication by “I Love Web Series”, a brand new blog for web-series lovers. She is the Founder & Director of International Online Web Fest, now in its 2nd year. The IOWF focuses on celebrating filmmakers that produce contents for internet audience, and seeks to work collaboratively with filmmakers from film industry.
Anshuman Choudhary has been a result-oriented professional with 17 years of rich and extensive experience in media training, teaching, start up ventures, fiction & nonfiction programme direction and institute management. He led the strategy and business plan for all 27 ZICA Centers in 23 cities across India for which ZICA and ZIMA awarded him with Asia's 100 Best & Fastest Growing Education Institute Award 2013’ organized by WCRC Leaders – Asia Edition and process evaluated & validated by KPMG in India. Anshuman achieved the title of being the nation’s premier institute for Media Training with tie-ups with IIT Kharagpur and various colleges. He was bestowed with the Super Performer Award in 2011. He conceptualized and created various TVC’s and Corporate films. He handled films, advertising, events, television shows, television commercials etc for HighGraphz Advertising & The Skull Production Company as Consultant-Films & Advertising. Anshuman successfully headed the post production of the Programme Jodi Kamaal Ki in Star plus with about 26 episodes. He has been the head for Alpha Bangla & Promo Producer for Zee Smile , the promo producer for Zee TV Promos and the Programme Director/ Supervisor for UTN, the premier Urdu Channel , Programming Director for Music Asia. He has taught Direction, Advertising, Film Appreciation, Editing in ZIMA & ZICA and is the Head of Atharva Film Institute
P K Manvi
Pavan Kumar Manvi got graduated from FTII in the areas of Film Direction and Screenplay writing. He did his Masters in Economics. He received the Fulbright Fellowship for a year .This took him to the New House School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York State, US. He has had an experience of 9 years at Doordharshan , directed over 50 documentaries and has done 200 hours of live coverage for national , international and sports events. . He served as the Reader at SN School of Arts & Communication, at the University of Hyderabad where his specialisation was television. He has been the Chief Producer of the ETV network and has looked after the programmes of the entire network. At present he is the Dean of Ramoji Academy of Film and Television, Hyderabad.
N Raghuraman, founder and chairman of Bridge academy has been in the Media industry with more than 20 years of experience in this filed. Bridge Academy has been offering courses in Fine Arts & Media studies and has emerged as one of the premier institutions in this area. Raghuraman has been and has successfully placed many students in all leading satellite channels, advertising industries, leading film production units & audio labs. Under Raghuraman’s guidance and with the help of experts in Bridge Academy, an introduction to the 8 grade system in Music, Dance and Fine Arts has come up. By integrating various institutions under one roof, the 8 grade system is being implemented through teachers and institutions world wide. It provides platform to students who excel in grade examinations.
Sam Kumar started his professional career as an IT Consultant at an International Consultancy Services company after completing his Masters degree in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai. He lived in US, UK, Holland, Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia for nearly 20 years working for international corporations. He has attended and taken up many workshops and Master classes in Film making and Photography while at US. He has had the greatest opportunity to learn Script Writing in US directly from Syd Field, the godfather of modern script writing. Sam Kumar has written, shot, directed and edited feature length documentary films, corporate films, short films and music videos in US, Singapore and India. His films have been screened at international film festivals in Berlin and Singapore. He was interviewed by Hanoi TV and one of his films was shown on their English channel. Currently he is in pre-production work for his Tamil film project. In 2010 he started Mirage Film Institute to share his knowledge and experience.
Ivan is the Director and programmer of CINETEKTON! International Festival of Cinema and Architecture. He was also Director of the “International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video "Looking from our Root" (FICVI) from 2011 to 2013. It has been a founding member, since 2012,of the Mexican Network of Film Festivals (RedMexFest) where more than 100 festivals are involved in the promotion and dissemination of National Cinematography. He is the curator of the Cineclub CINEFILIA and directs the program “Saber Ver” (Learning to See) at the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture in Puebla (IMACP in Spanish). He has been jury for various film festivals like Macabro International Film Festival of Horror of Mexico City (México),Unifilmfest University Film Festival(México),Tlanchana Fest Film Festival and Digital Art (México),The International Festival of Independent Cinema in the City of Mexico, Stuff Film Festival (Mexico) and International Film Festival of Córdoba (Colombia).
Jax Griffin is a British-American filmmaker living in Bradford, England. She is the Director and Founder of the Drunken Film Festival. DFF provides a unique festival model, offering free entry to all screenings, which are held in independent pubs and bars across the city. Apart from the festival, Jax works as a freelance filmmaker and also owns and operates a small media production company with friend Rachel Bottomley, who also sits on the Board of Directors for Camera Shy, the company behind DFF.
Costanza Fazi took charge as the Courses Administrator at Young Film Academy, London in 2015. She implements new projects and creates new partnerships with Fellow International Filmmaking Education Companies. She is passionate about Education Management and Filmmaking and has been working in this sector since 2014. Costanza has also worked as Project Manager in Brussels in two different education-related European networks.
Born to Nabendu Ghosh, a noted figure in the realm of Benagli Literature and Arts, who has scripted the classics like Devdas, Sujata, Abhimaan, Aar Paar, Ratnottama had developed a keen interest to art and literature at an early age itself. Ratnottama then earned a post graduate degree in English Literature in 1977. Having been worked with leading newspapers like the Indian Express, The Telegraph and with The Times of India, she has written on all forms of the arts, with special emphasis on cinema and visual art. Now she is the Consultant Editor of the online magazine, Cine Bengal. Over the years she has been extensively writing on Cinema. Ratnottama has curated more than 30 art exhibitions held at prominent cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. She has written on Hindi Cinema for Encyclopaedia Britannica edited by Saibal Chatterjee, Gulzar and Govind Nihalani. In July 2015, she anchored a discussion on Bengali Cinema on the World Stage at North American Bengali Convention at Houston, USA. She has curated a number of film festivals including the Langauage Film Festival at Nandhan and IFFI in Goa. She has been on international juries for the Children’s Film Festival, Lucknow (2011) and for the SAFMA Documentary Festival, Kathmandu (2008). She was Advisory Panel Member at Central Board of Film Certification, Kolkata (2007-2012). She has traveled widely to participate in cultural events, conferences and festivals. In November 2012 she was in Cairo, and in October she was in Tokyo, to write on the film festivals, interact with programmers and visit studios. In June 2012 she was invited by Casa Asia, Madrid to give an illustrated talk on ‘Mythology in Post Colonial Indian Arts.’ In 2012 she was in Moscow for 150 Years of Rabindranath Tagore, and earlier she has been in Almaty, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Madrid, Avignon, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourse, Kathmandu, Dhaka. Ratnottama has won the Bharat Nirman Award for Journalism and Uttam Lekhani award. She lectures Film Appreciation students including of WB Culture & Information Dept and Mass Communication students at Delhi University. She is also a member of the selection committee of KIFF, IFFI, and NFDC’s script committee.
James Walker graduated from Trinity college, Cambridge, with first class honours. His work as a published scriptwriter for film and theatre has gathered awards (Kings Cross New Writing Award, HTV Award, Best Short Film, Raindance Film Festival) and led him to an attachment at the National Theatre, London, in 2005. His first feature film Blooded,produced by Magma Pictures, is due for UK cinema release with Revolver Entertainment in March 2011. James’ plays have been produced on the BBC World Service, and on stage in London and Chicago. His scriptwriting masterclasses at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Guardian Hay Festival sell out each year. James is the Director and co-founder of Young Film Academy. Young Film Academy (YFA) is the leading provider of practical filmmaking education to young people aged 6-18 in the UK. YFA helps over 7000 young people each year complete their first digital films, working in over 100 schools nationwide and providing an ongoing programme of courses and events to individuals, organizations and institutions. YFA runs regular filmmaking programmes with NEETs and Young Offenders and works with Creative Partnerships, Film Education, and local councils in London. Linked directly to the film industry, Young Film Academy provides expertise and filmmaking facilitation for a diverse range of organizations including CBBC, Tate, Guardian Hay Festival, London Children's Film Festival and the Barbican Centre.
As an Assamese director Manju Borah’s films explore Northern East Indian region’s culture and its impact on the person and society as a whole. Her first feature film Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) was released in 1999. The film was awarded the Jury’s ‘Special Mention’ in the 47th National Film Festival, 2000 and was named the Best film in Asia at the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2000. She was also the recipient of the Gollapudi Srinivas Award for Best Debut Director in 1999. In the following years, she directed Anya Ek Yatra in 2001 and Aakashitorar Kothare (A Tale Told Thousand Times) in 2003. Aakashitorar Kothare won the National award for Best Regional Feature Film and the National award for Best Female Playback Singer for its music director, Tarali Sarma. It has also received the State award for Best Director as well as the Audience Award at the Dhaka International Film Festival in 2004. Her films Laaz (Shame), 2004 and Joymati (The Savior), 2006 were both selected for the Indian Panorama in IFFI and other National & International festivals. Aai Kot Nai (Ma) which came out in 2008 was awarded the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 56th National Film Awards. Ko:yad (A Silent Way) is her first film in a language other than Assamese. Ko:yad is shot in Mishing language. The film received National Awards for Best Mishing Film and Best Cinematography in 60th National Film Awards in 2012 and selected in Indian Panorama of the 44th International Film Festival of India, 2013. The film has been awarded Best Director and Best Actor Awards in 2nd Ladakh International Film Festival 2013, Silver Gateway of India Special Jury Award in 15th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) 2013 and Best Film Award in 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 2013. Her latest film is Dau Huduni Methai (Song of The Horned Owl) in Bodo language. Bohra holds various positions at different cine organizations. She is a Non-official member of General Body Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Society. She currently serves as the President of Cine Art Society Assam. Bohra has also worked as a member of the Governing Council of Satyajit Ray Film & Television institute (SRFTI).Bohra was a non-official Member for Programme Advisory Committee of All India Radio & DDK Guwahati. She has worked not only as the Chairman of Joint Advisory Committee Eastern India Motion Picture Association (EIMPA) but also was as a member of the script panel of National Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC). She has served as Jury Member of Indian Panorama for the year 2007 and 2011. Being a jury member Bohra has also associated with various film festivals like 10th MAMI International Film Festival 2008, 3rd Eye 7th Asian Film Festival Mumbai 2008, 55th National Film Awards for 2007, Chairperson of the Jury, OSCAR Screening Committee 2012, Film Federation of India and as Chairperson of the Jury, North Zone & Jury Member of the Central Panel, National Film Awards, 2013. She is a recipient of a Senior Fellowship from the Central Ministry of Culture for the years 2005 to 2007 on her work associated with Women folklore of Assam. She has been awarded the Women of Excellence Award by FICCI for her outstanding contribution to the field of Film & Entrepreneurship in the year 2009 and the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award given by the Asian Film Foundation for the year 2012 for working to spread film culture in India as a life time mission.
Rajeev Jalnapurkar is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Ramoji Film City–The largest film studio complex in the world certified by Guinness World Records, spread over 1666 acres provides comprehensive and advanced film production facilities with dedicated professionalism. It is a one stop film maker’s destination with world class film making facilities of pre-production, production and post-production. Rajeev is a skillful personality in the theme park, attraction and Leisure Industry. He is the member of IAAPA (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AMUSEMENT PARKS &ATTRACTIONS) and also associated with Education Sub-committee, Asia. Mr. Rajeev presented a paper in International Conference on “Impact of Movies and Television on Tourism conducted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University”. He represented India in Olympic Science Conference - 1984 at Los Angeles –USA. He read paper at International Conference “Theme Park Resort World Asia Congress” Intercontinental Pudong, Shanghai, China. He is the recipient of Golden Pony Award,Genoa, Italy. He was also awarded the Best Professional in marketing year 2013 by Safari India.
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Deepak Baldev Thakur- Founder of Glitters Film Academy is a young, talented personality in the film as well as in the Ad industry. Glitters film academy is recognized as an academy of excellence in acting by who’s who of the film industry and the ad-world. Followed by 2015 feature film Iss Ke Bum Mein Hai Dum, he is now in the making of Bollywood venture Full Moon.
A well known filmmaker and film critic, Aruna Vasudev is one of the world's foremost authorities on Asian cinema. Her tryst with cinema began when she was a student at Newyork Film School. After earning a PhD in film studies from the University of Paris, she has been actively promoting Asian Cinema. She was the Founder-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), the Founder –Editor of the Asian film quarterly Cinemaya and the Founder-Director of Asian Cinema Festival, Cinefan (now Ossian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema). A recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Letters; and the Star of Italian Solidarity, Aruna has authored books on Indian Cinema and has been a jury member of prestigious film festivals across the globe like Cannes (Camera d’Or), Locarno, Thessaloniki, Singapore, Fajr (Tehran), Karlovy Vary, and Hawaii, Aruna has been honoured with the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award for women.
Dr. Mangesh Karandhikar is a successful digital immigrant. He has been a witness and an active participant in the Information Revolution in India. He has also had experience in the niche field of multimedia programming. Dr. Karandikar brings with him a solid teaching experience of 11 years in the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai. Dr Karandhikar adds to conceptualising and creating the world’s first Android app ‘EduSanchar’ for learning Communication and Media Theories in English and Marathi languages. He is also a master brain in the area of corporate film making. Dr Karandhikar has made several ‘Corporate’ Films for companies like Syngenta India Limited, Rallis India Limited, Monsanto India Limited, Piaggio Limited and many others. At present, his research involves visual communication and new media and how they affect communication in India.
Pondi Ravi is a successful entrepreneur, producer and actor from South India. In a career spanning two decades, he has acted in 75 feature films.His Pondicherry-based production house has produced or co-ordinated the production of over 400 national and international commercials as well as feature films. Most noteworthy is the Oscar-winning ‘Life of Pi’, for which Ravi provided liaison services for the segment shot in Pondicherry. ASMITA- Chennai International Film School is the brainchild of Pondi Ravi.
Uday Kiran currently heads the operations and academic disciplines of Film and Television Institute of Hyderabad - FTIH, being one of the leading film schools in southern part of the country. A man with multi-faceted skills, an enthusiastic entrepreneur, he is also the Head of a video production house (Zuriel Studios) and a driving force behind two other wings i.e trainedartists.com - To showcase talents of budding actors in the film market and tollywoodreels.com - The Hub of collated film related information.
Dharmasena Pathiraja began making films in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. His first full-length film, One league of Sky bagged all the prestigious film awards at the Film Critics’ and Journalists Awards, Sri Lanka. His other films include internationally renowned features like Coming of Age (1974), The Wasps are Here (1976), On the run (1977), Ponmani (1976), Old Soldier (1980) Some day in the future (2000). His documentaries Rejuvenation and In Search of a Road have won international awards and renown. His films have been shown at prestigious films festivals around the world, including Moscow, London, Italy, India, and Singapore and have won acclaim. His latest features include, Swaroopa , an adaptation of Kafka’s novella Metamorphosis and Sakkarang (Sacrifice) 2013. He has also served on the jury of several international film festivals. In 2003 the first ever retrospective of Pathiraja was held at the Singapore International Film Festival followed by others including Jeonju Film Festival in 2009. In 2000 Pathiraja was awarded the ‘Golden Lion’ for his life time contribution to Sri Lankan cinema. Also an academic, Pathiraja holds a PhD in cinema studies from Monash University, Australia and taught at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Abhiram Sudil is the Creative Director of Grotek Institute of engineering & Film Technology, now among the pioneers in the field of engineering & visual media education. For the past 3 years, Abhiram Sudil has been working with the Kannada & Malayalam Film Industry.Apart from this he is also engaged in Aerial Cinematography for Films.
Solomon is a filmmaker and multimedia professional. He is the Director of Slum Film Festival (SFF). Slum Film Festival is the first ever film platform-featuring stories from slums, about slum realities and made by filmmakers from the slums in Africa – and beyond. SFF seeks to discover, inspire and equip young independent film and theatre artists from the Slums around Nairobi with practical skills to develop and sell their concepts, as well as, use film as a key tool for promoting social change within their communities. Solomon believes in the power of film as a critical component of advancing positive social change. He has his background in film and communication having studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy and pursued a Bachelors Degree in Development Communication at the University of Nairobi. His experience spans over six years during which he has developed success multimedia projects on social change.
Yogesh Jagam is the Associate Director of ‘Smita Patil Documentary & Short Film Festival’. He has been associated with various film festivals. He has also been associated with ‘Culture Unplugged Studios’ from 2008 to 2011 looking after the various aspects of Online Film Festivals organized by the organization. He was also the core team member & Festival Coordinator of ‘Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival’ from 2011 to 2013, the only Indian festival of its kind which combines film screenings and allied activities related to environment, wildlife, energy, air, and water. Apart from film festivals he has also worked as the Assistant Director & Executive Producer on various feature films and independently directed documentaries. He recently finished shooting for a feature length German Documentary ‘Masala Chai’ as an Executive Producer. He is currently developing his feature film script.
Shapath is an independent filmmaker and Founder of Doab Uncut Motion as well as the Director of Kolkata International Screenplay Awards (KISA). Coming from a theatrical background he is associated with Society for Empowering Performing Arts among Indians, Bangalore and serves as one of the Board of Directors at Project Prometheus, Kolkata. Kolkata International Screenplay Awards is a DOAB Uncut Motion program, promoting the thought of Global Independent Film Making. The core values and fundamentals that sets KISA apart is that very respective global geographical demography based screenplays. KISA is the first ever screenplay writing competition making way for submission in two well-known Indian Bi-lingual languages (Bengali/Hindi), which is also a vision, in evolution, to en route Bengali/Hindi language films back to its Golden Throne. The rooted vision of KISA is focused on regional language based screenplay development and evolution. Doab Uncut motion is an Independent film house dedicated to the extensive hardworking film enthusiasts. Its main objective is to generate content impacting society as a whole.
Gajendra Ahire was born on 16th February 1969 in Nashik district of Maharashtra. He began his career as a play writer at the age of 23. His first play was ‘ Aicha Ghar Unhacha’ in which himself featured as an actor. He has penned several plays like ‘ Unch Maza Jhoka Ga’, Ek Diwas Yeliach and Janmasiddha. Gajendra has associated with a few Marathi and Hindi TV series before he started his directorial ventures. Gajenda has also essayed significant roles in Marathi feature films. He is a proved all rounder in Marathi filmdom since Gajendra was able to take up many responsible roles at the same time by writing dialogue, scripts and lyrics for his films along with direction. His contributions were unique in each realm of film. Gajendra made his film making debut in 2003 with his film ‘ Not only Mrs. Raut’ which has won the celebrated ‘ Silver Lotus’ award given by India Government. The film was a social drama which follows two women’s struggle against exploitation in a male dominating world. The film has also bagged 10 Maharashtara State film awards including an award for best director. The film has showcased at major film festivals like Asian Film Festival, Czechoslovakian Film Festival etc. It has also marked its place at Indian Panorama section of 35th edition of IFFI, took place at Goa.
Rajat Goswami started working at The Film House of Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art Pvt Ltd in 2007 and brought with him knowledge of filmmaking and technical expertise. Apart from film programming, he is responsible for sourcing films, print traffic and handling digital projection at the Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival. Before joining Osian’s, Rajat Goswami was a festival programmer and filmmaker by profession. He joined Ahwaan Foundation a youth based Film Festival and an NGO working towards Women Empowerment in 2005, and was its Festival Programmer till 2007.As a social initiative he is currently part of Non-Government Organisation titled “Media Arts Socio-cultural Society (MASS)” which works towards spreading awareness through the medium of cinema by taking the films to small towns in India where reaching out to masses is difficult or access to reaching world cinema is even less. His expertise lies in organizing Film Festivals, Filmmaking, and Representing Films at International Film Festivals.
Manoj Srivastava is an actor, film director and film historian. Trained at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), he produced a documentary Hum Panchi Ek Dal ke, which was screened in 26 international film festivals, including Cannes. He was the CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa and promoted Goa as a film destination. He also initiated the short films movement in India.
PAULINA SALAS RUIZ
Her work have been exhibited internationally at festivals in Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. She is the founder and chairman of Kan-Kan Media, an international organisation which supports independent film-makers worldwide and that constantly search for new narratives and talents to give them the possibility to execute their ideas. She is the curator and consultant for film and theatre festivals and the director of LONG WEEK OF SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL the only independent film festival in China, that takes place annually in Shanghai.
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