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International award-winning chef and TV personality Vikas Khanna not only owns a Michelin star restaurant in New York, but he’s also a known author, philanthropist, and now filmmaker.
Hardik Mehta is an Indian screenwriter and director. His short documentary, ‘Famous in Ahmedabad’ (2015), won the Golden Lotus at the 63rd National Film Awards for Best Non-Feature Film and was In Competition at 2016 HotDocs Toronto. He has also co-written the screenplay of Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s most recent survival-thriller, ‘Trapped’ (2017). ‘Round Figure’ is his first feature film.
ADITYA VIKRAM SENGUPTA
Aditya Vikram Sengupta was born in 1983 in Calcutta, India. At a very young age his interests meandered towards performing arts. He started training in western classical music and was an active dramatist throughout his childhood. Later, he trained himself in animation and film. His student shorts have screened at various international festivals including Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb and Sao Paulo International Film Festival. His paintings have been showcased in galleries across India and one of his posters is exhibited at the Religious Art Museum, Tehran. He realised that filmmaking encompasses all his interests, allowing him to express himself in a wholesome manner. Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut film “ Labour of Love” created a tremendous buzz in the international film festival circuit. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014, Giornate Degli Autori, where it won the FEDEORA for best Debut Film. “Labour Of Love” has since featured at over 70 international film festivals including Rotterdam, Busan, London, Tallinn, Munich, Marrakech, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and IFFLA and has won 13 awards internationally. The film was also feted with 2 awards at the National Film Awards 2015 including the prestigious Golden Lotus for Best Debut Film. Aditya’s next second feature “Jonaki” was officially selected to have its World Premier in the Bright Future section of the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2018, where it began its festival journey. Aditya is also currently developing his next project “Memories And My Mother”. The project is the first ever Bengali language feature to be a part of Cannes Cinefondations’ L’Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It was also a part of the NFDC’s co production market at the Film Bazaar in 2015. MAMM has also received funding from France’s distinguished CNC (Cinema du Monde).
Sanjoy Nag, born and raised in Kolkata, started out with documentaries before branching out to feature films. His debut feature Memories in March, was world premiered at the New Currents Section, Busan International Film Festival 2010 & won the Indian National Award in 2010 apart from featuring in the Indian Panorama, IFFI, Goa ‘2011; MAMI, Mumbai; Kerala IFF, Durban IFF, South Africa and numerous others across the globe.
Born in November 1973, Suresh Eriyat is a 1997 graduate from the National Institute of Design. Suresh set up Famous House of Animation in 1999. He created numerous animated ads, shorts, music video with many firsts that brought not only national and international recognitions but also changed the way people perceived animation in India.
Sachin Dheeraj is an engineer turned filmmaker from India. His fascination for films grew during his Bachelors education which made him explore it's art & craft through courses on Satyajit Ray & Science Fiction.
Known for her fierce determination and brazenly unapologetic heart, AJ SIMMONS is a Mestiza Canadian actor, writer, and filmmaker. With a diverse foundation in classical theatre and dance, AJ’s passion for storytelling is infused with a layered complexity. As an emerging filmmaker AJ has produced several short films.
Jawad is an award-winning filmmaker who has come into prominence for exploring social subjects that are often ignored. Known for his signature visual storytelling style, he has also won several awards for his project "K2 & the Invisible Footmen," which has been screening around the world. With his brainchild Indus Blues, he aims to highlight an art form he personally cares about. An alumnus of the, Swedish Institute and Institut Fur Auslandsbeziehunge, Germany, Jawad is also the founder of Bipolar Films.
Subash Sahoo is a National Award-winning sounder designer who has worked in such films as Tumhari Sulu (2017), Neerja (2016), NH10 (2015), among notable others. An electronics engineer and a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, he has worked in the Mumbai film industry over the last 24 years. The Sound Man Mangesh Desai is his first film as a director.
A native of Kashmir and alumnus of UCLA, film director Danish Renzu hopes to inspire a new generation of Kashmiri filmmakers to practice their art as a force for unity in the conflicted region. He has directed several short films including award winning "In Search of America, Inshallah" (2014). His first film “Half Widow” (2017) showcases the plight of a Kashmiri half widow.
Daria was first cast as lead actress in a play when she was 10 years old, since then she has acted and directed multiple theatre productions in Kiev, working with the best producers and critically acclaimed directors in Ukraine. After obtaining a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Film & Theatre from Kiev, Daria moved to India to teach screenwriting at ‘Whistling Woods International’ (India’s premier private film school). While exploring India, she came across many underlying societal idiosyncrasies which were fascinating when looked at from an objective point of view.
Benjamin Gilmour is a filmmaker, author and paramedic, based in Northern NSW. His key film credits include the feature Son of a Lion (2008) and documentary Paramedico (2012). It was Gilmour’s paramedic work that led him to the film industry, originally working as an on-set nurse. Gilmour lends his experience, as a front-line paramedic, to his work with NGO Trek Medics International, to assist in developing emergency medical systems for low to middle income communities in Africa and Central Asia. As a published author, Gilmour’s titles include Warrior Poets: Guns, Movie-making and the Wild West of Pakistan (Pier9), Paramedico – Around the World by Ambulance (Harper Collins) and most recently the children’s book The Travel Bug (Penguin Random House).
Priya Ramasubban is a reputed filmmaker who has traveled the world for over fifteen years making films for National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel and other major international broadcasters. She is a storyteller at heart and has the ability to deal with complex subjects in a nuanced way allowing for textured interpretation.
Rima Das is a self-taught film writer, producer, and director. Born and raised in a small village in Assam in northeast India, she is now based in Mumbai and Assam. Her first feature MAN WITH THE BINOCULARS (ANTARDRISHTI) premiered in the First Feature Competition at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 and also screened at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. In addition to writing and directing feature fiction and documentary films, she also manages a film production company called Flying River Films in Mumbai, which supports local, independent filmmaking in the region. VILLAGE ROCKSTARS,her second feature, will have its World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival and will be in the New Directors Competition in San Sebastian.
Vaishali Sinha Co-Directed/Produced the feature documentary MADE IN INDIA about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. The film received several Jury awards at festivals and is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics.
ASK THE SEXPERT is Vaishali’s second feature length documentary; a presentation by her company Coast to Coast Films.
Vaishali has also produced numerous shorts. She has received support for her films from ITVS, the MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Fund, Firelight Media, Playboy Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Center for Asian American Media, Mozilla, Ford Foundation, Nextpix and more.
Vaishali also freelances at Videoline Productions founded by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Richard Wormser (Rise and Fall of Jim Crow). Vaishali speaks regularly at events and has acted as jury member at film festivals. In the past she has worked with women’s right group Point of View, in Mumbai. She is originally from Mumbai, and now resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Fred Lassen, a Music Director and their two-year-old son Luca.
Sandeep Modi is a filmmaker from Mumbai, India. An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Sandeep writes from his growing experiences in the ever-churning belly of Mumbai and its class divide. Giving voice to stories of simple people and their dilemmas, Sandeep's films hold a mirror to its world lost often in the cacophony of its own complexities. Sandeep prefers observing to reading or watching, making his own impression of life around him. His educational short film
‘Best Friends Forever’ won him the prestigious National Film Award, 2015 while his debut short ‘Bilori’ had IDPA giving him the nod for Best Student Film of the year besides being awarded the Golden Pearl at the Hyderabad International Film Festival! An avid advertising film-maker, Chumbak is his debut feature length film.
Manish Saini graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2009, specializing in Film and Video Communication. It is here that he discovered and channelized his love for story telling into crafting films. He is inspired by the nuances of daily life and has an eye for seeing whimsy and splendour in the seemingly ordinary and mundane happenings around him. He sees cinema as a mirror to real life, his work so far presents characters and humdrum situations through the lens of humour and irony. He aspires to tell stories that are rooted in Indian life and have a mass appeal but at the same time are equally thought provoking. Manish’s student work has won awards and was showcased in many Indian Film Festivals.
Born and raised in China, Tian Tsering enrolled in the MA Filmmaking at the London Film School in 2012 where he specialised in Cinematography. He has since shot a numbers of short films that have circulated in film festivals worldwide. Barley Fields On The Other Side Of The Mountain is Tian’s directorial debut feature film which has taken him 7 years to complete.
LIJO JOSE PELLISERY
Lijo Jose Pellissery is an Indian film director, popular for his Malayalam films. Pellissery made his debut with the crime film Nayakan, following it up with the crime-drama City of God, the black comedy satire Amen & the experimental Double Barrel. Angamaly Diaries (2017) is his fifth film, starring almost 90 new actors. It received much critical and commercial success. He won the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for his sixth film Ee.Ma.Yau.
FAWZIA MIRZA (Executive Producer/featured as self) is an actor, comedian, and writer, a Chicago 3Arts grant Recipient in Acting, named a “Top 10 Creative” Indiewire magazine, one of Chicago's “Rising Stars" of indie filmmaking by BEZ and was named a 2016 White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling. Mirza believes in dispelling the myth of the “model minority” in mainstream media and in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. She was recently named the 2017 3Arts fellow at the Djerassi Residents Artists Program in Woodside, CA. She has performed on various Chicago stages including Silk Road Rising, About Face Theatre, The Goodman, Rasaka Theatre, 16th Street Theatre. Mirza’s own one-woman play, Me, My Mom & Sharmila, which explores her relationship with her mother through their shared love for Bollywood heroine, Sharmila Tagore, has been performed at universities, conferences and festivals across the country and toured internationally to Denmark and Pakistan and most recently at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. The legendary Pakistani actor, Zia Mohyeddin said of Fawzia’s play, “Some actors hold an audience, a few possess it. Some actors light up a scene, a few ignite it...Mirza belongs to the latter category". Mirza’s short play Noor world premiered in The Inconvenience’s short play festival “Citizens” in November 2015. Her first published short story appears in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors, South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, available from Aunt Lute Books. Mirza has appeared in a number of indie films, web series and short films, including SugarHiccup and the Emmy-nominated Her Story. Her own award-winning short films and web series include Kam Kardashian, Brown Girl Problems, The Queen of My Dreams (nominated Golden Hugo Chicago International Film Festival), The First Session (NBC Universal Short Film Festival Finalist, American Pavilion at Cannes), Reclaiming Pakistan and Spunkle which is touring the festival circuit now. Her upcoming documentary short, The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi is about how her life as an artist was impacted by activist Sabeen Mahmud. Mirza’s first feature film, Signature Move, which she co-wrote, co-produced and stars in wrapped principal photography August 2016. The film was selected as part of the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Program and received the TFI/Labodigital/Los Cabos International Film Festival post-production grant. The film, coming out in 2017, also stars Chicago actors Sari Sanchez, Charin Alvarez, Audrey Francis, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan and the Indian film legend Shabana Azmi.
Rakhee studied filmmaking from London and has been very inclined towards documentary films. She has made a documentary film on surrogate mothers in India, which has won awards internationally. She has also directed shows for EPIC Channel, India titled HERITAGE INDIA. RIBBON is Rakhee's first feature film which she has co-written. Ribbon depicts the changing Indian society to the modern ways of living.
Prakash Bharadwaj is a multi talented actor from theatre, TV and film background in India. He has several credits of plays, TV series and films to his name. In 2017, Bharadwaj forayed into screenwriting and direction with his short film ‘Rishta’ and feature length ‘Colours of Life’. He has been working with filmstar Aamir Khan since 2006 in the film 'Rang De Basanti', and proudly claims to be the reason behind Amir’s impeccable Haryanvi accent in ‘Dangal’ blockbuster hit. Amir Khan appointed him as his personal dialogue couch on noticing Bharadwaj’s artistry. It’s more than a decade now, together they had worked on films like Talaash, Dhobi Ghat, Ghajni, and the forthcoming Thugs of Hindostan.
Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers. He won the country’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award (2014), for his film CODE OF SILENCE, which lifted the lid on sex abuse on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. This was commissioned by public broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Danny’s latest film is MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN, is an epic family saga told across five continents and six decades, made for for BBC Storyville. Danny has a passion for Jewish stories, and his forthcoming documentary for SBS, THE OUTBACK RABBIS, is an Australian road trip like no other. Danny has also made highly acclaimed non-Jewish themed films beyond Australia. His 2011 feature length documentary about the 1960s CARNABY STREET UNDRESSED, which featured rock legends such as Roger Daltry from The Who, was pick of the week in Britain’s ‘Sunday Times’ and received a four star review in London’s ‘Time Out’. As a vegetarian, Danny nominates India as his favourite never go hungry film shoot location.
After editing Ship of Theseus (2012), Adesh joined the team of Tumbbad as a co-producer, co-writer and co-director. He is currently writing his next feature, Baatuni (Chatterbox). He runs Sohum Shah Films along with Producer-Actor Sohum Shah, and serves as a producer and creative head of the company.
RAHI ANIL BARVE
Anil won the Best Film Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival in 2008 with his first short film Manjha, later chosen by acclaimed director Danny Boyle as a special feature for the BluRay release of his Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire.Tumbbad is his debut feature film.
Sopan Muller has worked with various genres. His experience in filmmaking of more than 20 years has been extensive, having handled practically every format of filmmaking - from Advertising & Corporate films to Documentaries and Feature Films to Television. Sopan was involved in feature films in the direction and production departments of Dev Benegal’s ‘ENGLISH, AUGUST’ and ‘SPLIT WIDE OPEN’ and Sunhil Sippy’s ‘SNIP’. He co-produced Dev Benegal’s ROAD, MOVIE. The film traveled to all the major international film festivals – Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo and Tribeca.
Jafar Panahi is an award winning director, writer and producer from Iran. After several short films and documentaries, he directed his first feature The White Balloon, which premiered in 1977 at Cannes' Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d'Or. Panahi's films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran. Panahi has won a number of human right prices, such as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and The Medal of Art for Freedom.
Seemaa Desai has studied advertising and ad film making and is trained semi classical dancer, started her career as assistant director at B.R films (B.R.Chopra) one of the leading production houses making feature films,celebrity ad films and pioneers in television soaps. She was assisting Mr Ravi Chopra went on to direct their daily soap Aurat and few prestigious ad films under B.R ADS BANNER.
Anand Gandhi is a filmmaker and a media producer based in Mumbai most known for his debut feature film Ship of Theseus which won the National Film Award for Best Picture, which is considered India's equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. He has also written and directed several critically acclaimed plays and popular TV shows.
Nishtha Jain is a graduate from Jamia Mass Communication Centre in New Delhi. She started her career as an editor and correspondent for video news magazines before joining the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), specializing in film direction. She works as an indepedent filmmaker in Bombay.
Born in Delhi, Deepti has been engaged in issues of social development sustainable livelihood for the last 10 years. She has previously directed a film on microfinance in India, and worked on story-development and as production manager on FC Chechnya. Deepti lives in Ghaziabad, India.
Arriving on the Indian film scene 15 years ago, and blazing a new path and genre-the Indie film, Nagesh has written, produced, acted & directed immensely successful and acclaimed films. His very first film broke the traditional barrier of both commercial and art cinema. Nagesh has consistently crafted stories that depict realism & authenticity over sheen & gloss, delivering to audiences a brand of cinema that is entertaining with a difference.
Abhay Kumar was born in 1985 in Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab. In 2008 he graduated from Xavier’s Institute of Communications with a diploma in film direction. From 2009-2011, his short films won each year at the Mumbai Film Festival(MAMI). In 2011, his hybrid animation short just that sort of a day became the first Indian film to compete in the animation category at Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win top awards at Busan, New York, Regensburg, besides winning a National Award in India. His first feature documentary Placebo- another hybrid project-had its world premiere at IDFA 2014 and won the jury nomination for best debut and recently competed at Hotdocs 2015. Besides making films, Abhay has been teaching independent film making across universities and recently gave a TedX talk titled ‘Andrei Tarkovsky and the art of 3D printing’.