Noted Film Society Activist & Critic

ASHOK RANE, a noted Film Society Activist, Critic, Academician, Researcher, Writer, Scriptwriter and Filmmaker is also the Director of IFA – Indian Film Academy. He has been in film journalism since mid 70s and during this long career he has been writing consistently and extensively on Indian and World cinema, as well. He has edited ‘ ifa Cinema ‘ an annual of IFA and various other film society journals. He has 8 books, 7 documentaries, 2 TV serials and 2 feature films to his credit. He is also known as short story writer. He has served as a member of jury at several international film festivals at home and abroad. He has been teaching cinema at Mumbai University and various other prestigious institutions and has been conducting Film Appreciation Workshops since 1990. He is a recipient of two National Awards, two international awards for his documentaries and one literary award for his book. He is the Festival Director of Aurangabad International Film Festival and Filmingo International Short Film Festival.




Editor-Teenkahon, Raincoat, Violin Player

Arghakamal Mitra is a National Award winning Indian film editor who is primarily known for his work in the Bengali film industry. He has edited over 70 films in the course of a career spanning over two decades, winning the National Film Award for Best Editing for his work in the 2009 Bengali film Abohoman. Significant editorial credits include Malaise (1999), Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003), Antarmahal: Views of the Inner Chamber (2005), Antaheen (2009), Byomkesh Bakshi (2010), Satyanweshi (2013), Open Tee Bioscope (2015) and Meghnad Badh Rahasya (2017).

Frédérique Lien Vanessa Bianchi

Toulouse Indian Film Festival President

After university research in 18th century European historical drama, she turns to reception studies. She’s one of the few specialists in Indian films reception and  works especially on French audiences of Indian cinema.
President of the Toulouse Indian Film Festival (Southern France), she’s also the founder of Les Films de la Haute-Vallée (distribution – promotion) and the publishing house Kaleme.
Currently, her research focuses on film industries outside Bollywood, on one hand, and history of cinema censorship in India on the other.
She’s preparing a book about French audiences and Indian cinema.

Fowzia Fathima

Award Winning Cinematographer-Mitr: My Friend

Chennai-based Fowzia Fathima set out to study cinematography at India’s most prestigious film school, FTII, in the 90s – a time when there were few women cinematographers in the country .
Movies :  2011-Choker Paani, story of Nandigram (Bengali), 2009-Gulmaal (Malayalam); 2008-Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai (M3V); 2006-Uyir (Tamil); 2003-Whistle (Tamil); 2003-Kuch To Hai (Hindi); 2002-Ivan (Tamil); 2001-In the Shadow of the Cobra, (English) 2008-Silanthi, (Tamil); 2006-Uyir (Tamil); 2003-Whistle (Tamil); 2003-Kuch To Hai (Hindi); 2002-Ivan (Tamil); 2001-In the Shadow of the Cobra, (English); 2001-Mitr-My Friend (English)

Awards: Best Feature Film (International), Best Drama Feature at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, March 2009; Silver, digital film category, Cairo International Film Festival, November 2009.) Also in the Indian Panorama.
Specialties: Teaching the practical art of cinema in an intuitive knowledge-sharing process with film students, and being instrumental in their learning through experimentation and discovery..

Marie-Pierre Lacombe

Emmy Award Winning Sound Engineer

Marie-Pierre Lacombe worked around10 years as a sound engineer, first in music, then in post-production for the Canadian production companyCinar Animation where she recorded voices and mixed ambiances, effects and foleys for shows like Arthur, Caillou, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Lassie, The Little Lulu Show, Zoboomafo. In 2003, she won an Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action as a production mixer for the series Arthur. Since a young age, she perceives films not as entertainment, but as an art form, and she has been a fervent film festival-goer throughout the years. That is the reason why she jumped on the opportunity to be part of the film festival team when she arrived in Auroville in 2016. For the next year and a half, she focusedon the Human Unity category of the 5th Auroville Film Festival, pre-selecting films and working on the organization of the festival.

Namrata Joshi

Cinema Editor and film critic, The Hindu Mumbai

She is Cinema Editor and film critic with The Hindu Mumbai. The winner of India’s National Award for Best Film Critic for 2004, she has been a member of the critics juries at international film festivals in Toronto, Cluj, Cairo, Moscow and Thiruvananthapuram.


Theatre & Film Personality from Assam

Regular columnist on cinema and cultural events in a number of Assamese dailies. Authored the book INSERT & CLOSE UP- a collection of articles on Cinema & Theatre, published in 2000 & 2014 respectively. Selected as a Jury Member from North East for the selection of Plays for BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV organized by National School of Drama in 2009 and 2012. Former member of regional committee of National Board of Film Certification of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting from 2008 to 2012. Member of a committee for celebration of 75 Years of Assamese Cinema constituted by Government of Assam. Governing body member of Jyoti Chitrabon Film Studio Society, of Government of Assam, till date. Selection committee member for Guwahati International Short Film Festival in 2011 and 2014. Was the Jury Member for the 62nd National Film Awards, 2014, organized by Directorate of Film Festival, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India in the year 2015.  Act as a Jury Member for the State Film Awards, 2015-16-2018.  Slection committee member for the 1st & 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival.

Srinivasa Santhanam

Festival Programmer & Curator

Severed in the Intl Jury of Bratislava Intl Film Festival for the 2012 edition,  for 18th Sofia International Film Festival – 2014, for 55th  Zlin International Children’s Film Festival –2015 , 7th Bengaluru International Film Festival 2015, 8th Bengaluru International Short Film Festival 2018 and for 1st Global University Students Film Awards 2018

A film graduate from Film & Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, India and after a small stint in the Southern Film Industry joined Doordarshan (Indian Television) in 1975. After putting seven years of service, joined Films Division (world’s largest producers of Documentaries and News Reels) of Government of India as Senior Class One officer in 1982. Moved to Directorate of Film Festivals (organisers of International Film Festival of India – IFFI) and worked as Deputy Director from 1994 till September 2008. During this period worked in all the sections of the Directorate of Film Festivals (organizing Intl Film Festivals, Participation in Foreign Film Festivals with Indian Panorama Films, National Film Awards, Indian Panorama, and Cultural Exchange programmes etc.). Selected and programmed films for IFFI independently for the period from 2003 to 2007.

Sachin Kundalkar

Film maker (Gulabjaam, Aiyaa)

Sachin Kundalkar is a film maker, screen writer and novelist. He has written and directed 9 feature films till date. He has receivedNational Award for Best Director for Marathi Film Nirop (2007) and Best Screenplay for Gandha (Marathi) in 2008 .Sachinhas a passion for making food films, the latest one being–Gulabjaam and his next feature film is based in Pondicherry.

Sachin studies and speaks French and has done summer university at LA FEMIS in Paris. Currently he is developing an English French bilingual screenplay for a feature film.


Producer at Magic Hour Films-Jonaki

Born in Singapore and bred in the sea side town of Pondicherry, Samir Sarkar was educated right from kindergarten to college at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education where he developed a keen interest in the art of photography and music.He then pursued his studies in the field of filmmaking at the national film school of France, LA FEMIS, in Paris, where he obtained a degree in film production. He has been closely associated with some of the finest names in the Indian film industry including Shekhar Kapur, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Mani Rathnam, Santosh Sivan and several others. His flair for languages and his keen interest in travel got him involved in important roles on several international TV commercials, documentaries, and feature film projects including Gaumont’s “Hanuman”, Pandora Films’ “Samsara” and Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning film “Life of Pi”. In 2008, after working for more than a decade as a freelancer Samir founded Magic Hour Films / Film in India, an award-winning film production company. His latest feature film as producer is Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s critically acclaimed “Jonaki” that recently premiered in the Bright Future section of the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2018.

Sanjay Chouhan

Screen Writer- I Am Kalam, Pan Singh Tomar

A film writer, Sanjay Chouhan is best known for his work in the films Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), I Am Kalam (2010), Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011) and Paan Singh Tomar (2012),  Rough Book (2016)