International Competition Jury
Head of Jury
Miguel Gomes studied cinema at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. He worked as a film critic from 1996 to 2000. Subsequently, he directed several short films including the Oberhausen Short Film Festival winner Meanwhile (1999) before directing features such as The Face You Deserve (2004), Our Beloved Month Of August (2008), the Berlin FIPRESCI prize winner Tabu (2012) and Arabian Nights, a three-part feature film that premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2015.
Tala Hadid made her first docufeature, Sacred Poet on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, including Berlin and Venice and shown, among other venues, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Lincoln Center in New York, The Walker Arts Center, La Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Her films have received numerous awards, including a Student Academy Award in 2005 for Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan. In 2015, Hadid's latest project, House in the Fields, was selected to screen as a work-in-progress at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded two prizes.
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film writer, director and producer. Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya (1998), and made his directorial debut with Paanch (2003). He has won six Filmfare awards for his films Udaan (2010), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Queen (2013). Among his other notable films are Dev D (2009), a modern adaptation of Devdas, the thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Murabba one of the short films in Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014) and Bombay Velvet (2015). In 2013, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a ceremony during the Cannes Film Festival. He is the founder of the film production company Anurag Kashyap Films, and co-founder of Phantom Films.
Chris McDonald is President of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market. Hot Docs’ mandate is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to provide support to doc-filmmakers. The festival has raised over $100 million in production financing for filmmakers, and attracted an audience of over 211,000 in 2016, along with 2500+ international delegates. In addition to having raised over $8 million in production funds for filmmakers, Hot Docs opened one of the world’s first year-round doc-focussed cinemas in 2012. The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto has attracted over 700,000 filmgoers since then.
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner, who co-founded the production house Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features, including Carol (2015, nominated for six Academy Awards), Far from Heaven (2002, nominated for four Academy Awards), Still Alice (2014, Academy Award winner), Boys Don’t Cry (1999, Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo (2002), Kids (1995), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2004), Happiness (1998), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Safe (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Camp (2003), Swoon (1992) and I’m Not There (2007, Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011) for HBO and Z, an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Her other recent works include Kill Your Darlings (2015), Goat (2016), and Wiener-Dog (2016).
India Gold Jury
Head of Jury
Born in Istanbul, Reha Erdem graduated from the Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same University. He made his first feature-length film, Oh Moon in 1989, as a French-Turkish co-production. He made Run for Money in 1999, Mommy, I’m Scared in 2004, Times and Winds in 2006, My Only Sunshine, Turkish-Greek-Bulgarian co-production, in 2008, Kosmos in 2009. Jin (2012) and Singing Women (2013) are Turkish-French-German co-productions. His latest film, Big Big World (2016) has won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti Section of the Venice Film Festival.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He won the 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe for his score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and has composed many award-winning scores for his long-time collaborator, Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, 1997), Exotica (1994)). His other noted credits include films such as Monsoon Wedding (2001), Antwone Fisher (2002), Being Julia (2004), Capote (2005), Water (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Surf’s Up (2007), 500 Days of Summer (2008), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Moneyball (2011), Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). Danna's recent films include Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) and Storks (2016).
Yonfan started out as a renowned photographer and was noted for his celebrity portraits, before he made the transition to filmmaking. He began making films in the late ‘80s and till date has directed thirteen films including A Certain Romance (1984), Story of Rose (1985), Bugis Street (1995), Bishonen (1998), Peony Pavilion (2001) and Prince of Tears (2009). He has also been on the juries of the film festivals at Busan and Sydney.
Tomasz Wasilewski is a Polish film director and screenwriter. His 2016 film United States of Love was shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival where he won the Silver Bear for Best Script. He is considered the most interesting voice in the young Polish directing scene and is already considered a promising representative of European auteur cinema. He is characterized by a minimalistic style. His movies are built from psychological portraits created with precision and sensitiveness.
Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for Time Magazine. She has previously worked with Boston Phoenix and was the chief film critic for Salon.com and the Village Voice. A graduate of Syracuse University, New York, Zacharek’s writings on books and pop culture have also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Sight and Sound. In 2010, as a part of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Zacharek participated on the panel ‘Fear Eats the Soul: The State of Film Criticism’. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
Dimensions Mumbai Jury
Head of Jury
Zoya Akhtar studied filmmaking at New York University and later assisted directors like Mira Nair and Dev Benegal. She worked as a casting director on Split Wide Open (1999) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001). She made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film, Luck by Chance (2009) and followed it up with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). In 2013, Zoya contributed ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’, to Bombay Talkies, an anthology of short films, produced to mark the centenary of Indian cinema.
Shakun Batra entered the film industry working as an assistant director on Excel Entertainment films like Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Rock On!! (2008). He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with the romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012). Batra's next film was the family drama Kapoor & Sons (2016). The film became a major commercial success upon its release, and received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics for its writing, direction, and acting performances.
After dabbling in radio, copywriting, acting and theatre, Kanu Behl studied at the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata, where he majored in Film direction. His first documentary, An Actor Prepares was in competition at Cinema du Reel 2007 and later, he directed and produced three more documentaries for NHK Japan, ZDF and ARTE. Subsequently, he worked as an assistant director on the movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and co-wrote LSD (Love, Sex Aur Dhokha) (2010) with Dibakar Banerjee. Titli, his debut feature film was premiered in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and has won several awards, including the NETPAC and the Best First Foreign Film 2015 award from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
Richa Chadha made her debut with Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and shot into prominence with her role in Anurag Kashyap’s crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). She was also noted for her performances in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela (2013), Fukrey (2013), Main Aur Charles (2015) and Masaan (2015), which won the FIPRESCI award at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival. She has also served on the jury of the 2015 Marrakech International Film Festival.
Nagraj Manjule hails from Jeur, a small village in Maharashtra. His debut short film, Pistulya, won an award for the Best Non-Feature Film and a Special Mention for actor Suraj Pawar at the 58th National Film Awards. His debut feature film, Fandry, won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director while its lead, Somnath Awaghade, won Best Child Actor Award at the 61st National Film Awards. His sophomoric effort, Sairat, was officially selected at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival 2016. Its lead actress, Rinku Rajguru won a Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards. His poetry collection Unhachya Katavirudhha has also won many prestigious awards.
Word to Screen Jury
Writer-director Abhishek Kapoor made his debut with the sports drama Aryan (2006). But, it was the 2008 film Rock On!, that proved to be a turning point in his filmmaking career. The film was a critical and commercial success and won the National Award for Best Hindi Film. His later films include Kai Po Che (2013), which was screened at the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival and Fitoor (2016).
Trained at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Jabeen Merchant has been working as an editor for more than two decades now. Her repertoire encompasses various genres and categories such as fiction features, documentaries and television shows among others. Some of her famous works include Manorama Six Feet Under (2007), The President is Coming (2009), NH10 (2015) and the National award winning children’s film Chhutkan ki Mahabharat. Apart from editing, she teaches and writes, and is currently developing a feature film of her own.
Book Award Jury
Ambarish Satwik (English & Hindi)
Ambarish Satwik is a Delhi based vascular surgeon and writer. His debut novel Perineum: Nether Parts of the Empire was published in 2007 by Penguin. He's currently working on a collection of short stories to be published by Harper Collins next year. His multi-faceted commentary has appeared in Outlook, Tehelka, Open, Time Out and the Hindu BLink.
Kausar Munir (Hindi)
Kausar Munir is a lyric, dialogue and screenplay-writer. She was first noticed for writing the popular show Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin (2003). As a lyricist, she made a first impression with the song ‘Falak Tak’ in Tashan (2008). She has written the lyrics for films such as Ishqzaade (2012), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dhoom 3 (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), Youngistaan (2014) and Daawat-E-Ishq (2014). She has also written the dialogues for Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Phantom (2015).
Avijit Mukul Kishore (English)
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer. He studied Cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Hindu College, Delhi. He works in different genres of filmmaking with special interest in the documentary and inter-disciplinary, moving-image practice. He collaborates with visual artists on installation art projects. He is actively involved in cinema pedagogy and has been curating film programmes with prominent cultural institutions. His films as a director include Snapshots from a Family Album (2004), Vertical City (2010), To Let the World In (2013), Electric Shadows: Journeys in Image-making (2016) and Nostalgia for the Future. His films as a cinematographer include Kumar Talkies (2000), Kali Salwaar (2002), John and Jane (2005), Seven Islands and a Metro (2006), Bidesia in Bambai (2013), I am Micro (2010) and An Old Dog's Diary (2015).
Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award 2016
Shonali Bose is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker who grew up in Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi and has spent her adult life in the USA. Both her feature narrative films – Amu (2005) and Margarita, With a Straw (2014) have played in several international festivals, including Toronto and Berlin and have also won prestigious international awards. Shonali is the author of a Penguin published novel based on her screenplay – Amu. She has also served on the jury of several international film festivals.
Called the ‘Indian art house icon’, by TIME magazine, Rahul Bose won the Best Actor award at the Singapore Film Festival for Split Wide Open (1999) and the runner-up prize of the John Schlesinger award for Best Debut Director for his film Everybody Says I’m Fine! (2002) at the Palm Springs Festival. His NGO, ‘The Foundation’ seeks to reduce regional inequalities in India through education. An Oxfam Global Ambassador, Bose has relentlessly worked on campaigns closest to his heart such as gender justice, communal harmony, child sexual abuse and climate change. He has been awarded the Indian Youth Icon of the Year - Social Justice, the Green Globe award for his work on climate change, the Lt. Governor’s Commendation Award for Services to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Hakim Khan Sur award for national integration. A former international rugby player, Bose represented India from 1998 to 2009.
Kunal Kapoor made his film debut with MF Hussain’s Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004) opposite Tabu. His performance in the cult classic Rang De Basanti (2006) was widely acclaimed. He also acted in other noted films, such as Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Don 2 (2011). He has been a celebrity ambassador for Save The Children along with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow. He is currently involved in charitable work for the Elle Breast Cancer campaign and Akshara Centre. Ketto has been Kunal’s lifelong ambition – to help people make a difference in a fun and easy way.