Journalist, creative director, producer and author, Smriti Kiran has been part of the entertainment industry for the last two decades. Her extensive experience in television programming took shape at multiple networks like NDTV, Star News, Star World, Star Plus, Star Movies and Zee TV. An avid believer in the power of narratives, she wrote the screenplay book of the record-breaking film 3 Idiots and produced the screenplay books of auteur extraordinaire Guru Dutt. Smriti is at present the Creative Head of a television production house, Cherry Tree Productions that produces Film Companion and as Creative Director of the Mumbai Film Festival she is committed to help build the festival into a cutting-edge entity.
Head, Indian Programme
Bina Paul graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) with a specialisation in editing. She has edited over 35 feature films and has worked with illustrious directors like G. Aravindan, John Abraham and P.N Menon. She is the recipient of two National Awards and numerous State Awards for editing. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala for the last ten years and has been responsible for the programming and instrumental in shaping the festival into an important international event. She has served on the juries of various international film festivals including those held in Locarno, Durban, Morocco and Berlin. Currently, she is the Regional Director of L.V Prasad Film & TV Academy.
Programmer, Indian Programme
Deepti DCunha is a Film Programmer specialising in Contemporary Indian Cinema. She has been working on Indian and International Film Festivals for the past seven years. She has been the India Consultant to Marco Mueller since 2011 for Venice film festival, Rome film festival, Beijing International Film Festival and Silk Road International film festival (SRIFF) in China. She has also programmed for two editions of International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI) and Osian's Cinefan film festival. Currently, Deepti programs for the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF). She sources and curates films for the Viewing Room section and Work-in-progress lab for the prestigious NFDC Film Bazaar. She is deeply committed towards independent Indian cinema-a passion that keeps her driven to scout for new films and fresh talent from all across the country.
Programmer, Indian Programme
Ratheesh Radhakrishnan teaches literature and film at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Bombay (Mumbai, India). He researches and writes on ‘region’ and cinema with a focus on cinema in Malayalam, film festivals and film history. He writes in English and Malayalam, in academic journals and popular magazines. Apart from IIT Bombay, he has taught courses on cinema at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India) and Rice University (Houston TX). He is the founder curator of TITLES, an annual festival of experimental films from India, held at the historic Rice Cinema (Rice Media Center, Houston TX) between 2011 and 2014.
Head, International Programme
Anu Rangachar is passionate about cinema. Originally an engineer, she has been with the Mumbai Film Festival for the past six years and has facilitated many international collaborations for the festival. Before the Mumbai Film Festival, she went to a film school in NYC, worked with Rituparno Ghosh on two of his films and Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely. She is working with Dev Benegal and Sooni Taraporevala, helping them with international co-productions and is the India advisor for Cinelicious Pics, LA. At the festival, she has done international collaborations and was responsible for instituting the "restored-classics" section.
Producer, Special Events
Svetlana Naudiyal started out as an engineer - a biotechnologist to be precise, and meandered to world of film festivals almost accidentally (and luckily!). She has worked with the National Film Development Corporation where she handled Overseas Promotions & Markets; and was a part of the core organising team of their flagship event Film Bazaar for four years. In the past she has worked with Directorate of Film Festivals, International Film Festival of India and Katha Center for Film Studies. Svetlana has also worked in Philippines as a part of the team putting together the debut edition of Cebu International Documentary Film Festival. More recently, she worked with Drishyam Films as the head of international alliances, handling festival strategy and international sales. She also works as an independent consultant for film festival strategy and international sales.
Coordinator, International Program and Producer, Movie Mela
Kalpana Nair did her Post Graduation in Communications Management from the Mudra Insitute of Communications Managements with full intentions of pursuing a career in advertising. However after two years in Leo Burnett, the call of movies got too strong to ignore. She joined author and film critic Anupama Chopra as a Research Associate and discovered the world of writing and television production. She writes on cinema for The Times of India and Firstpost. Last year she produced India's first movie carnival for film buffs, 'Movie Mela' and is currently the coordinator for the International Program at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
Member, Selection Committee( International Programme)
A Mumbai-based freelance film critic, Rashid Irani currently contributes English film reviews to The Hindustan Times. He has served on the jury of the International Film Festivals at Pune and Bengaluru and has been on the selection committee of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) for the past six years.
Member, Selection Committee (International Programme)
Baradwaj Rangan is a film critic and Senior Deputy Editor at The Hindu. He won the National Award (Swarna Kamal) for Best Film Critic in 2005. His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various magazines like Open, Tehelka, Biblio, Outlook and The Caravan.
He has co-written the screenplay for the Tamil rom-com, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. He has written dialogue and narratives for the dance dramas Krishna and Meghadootam.
He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
Baradwaj has contributed to various anthologies, the most recent being an essay in Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. His first book, Conversations with Mani Ratnam, was published by Penguin in 2012. His second book, Dispatches From the Wall Corner, was published by Westland in 2014.
Curator, Book Award
Arpita Das runs an award-winning publishing house called YODA PRESS which completed 10 years in 2014. Between 2009 and 2013 she also ran an indie bookstore called Yodakin in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village. Arpita joined the MA in Publishing programme at Ambedkar University as Adjunct Faculty in 2013 and co-founded a self-publishing start up called AuthorsUpFront in early 2014. In late 2014 she began consulting with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore to help them set up their Word Lab. Apart from her column for Mail Today, Arpita’s articles on book culture appear regularly in OPEN Magazine, DailyO, HuffPostIndia and DOMUS.
Programmer, International Selection
Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, film critic and producer. He joined the Venice International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee in 2008. Since 2010, he has worked as a regional correspondent, covering South and Southeast Asia, Oceania, Korea and Turkey. He also worked or still works for Beijing International Film Festival, Doha Film Institute, Udine Far East Film Festival, Nyon Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cannes Critics' Week and International Film Festival Bratislava. Bertolin has producer credits on the Berlinale 2015 competition entries 'Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories' and 'Chitrashala'.
Uma Da Cunha
Curator, Discovering India
Uma da Cunha’s work in cinema spans programming, writing and casting. Her career started in 1974 with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Govt. of India. In 1978 she set out on her own, organizing film festivals and related events in India and abroad. She works with the Toronto and Busan Film Festivals and is the Founding Advisor of Indian Film Festivals held in Los Angeles, London, Florence, The Hague, Montreal and Houston. As casting director, her credits cover films such as Deepa Mehta's Water, Mira Nair's Kamasutra, Jane Campion's Holy Smoke, Dev Benegal's English August and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan. She is the editor of the quarterly journal, Film India Worldwide. She has served on many juries including the International Jury for Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard in 2009.
Jongsuk Thomas Nam
Curator, After Dark
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1968, Nam immigrated to USA in 1980. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA, in 1993 with a degree in Communication Arts/RTVF, Nam returned to Korea in 1995 and worked as an assistant director in Kim Hong-jun’s Jungle Story (1996) before joining Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, called as PIFF then) in 1997 as a curator for Kim Ki-young Retrospective. He subsequently served as the festival coordinator and the senior manager of Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) before becoming the General Secretariat at Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) from 2001 to 2004. Nam joined Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) in 2007 as the festival consultant and since 2009, has been the Managing Director of its film industry program, Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). He has served as a Jury in numerous film festivals including Berlin, Warsaw, Hawaii, Vesoul and Yubari, as well as being the panelist/mentor at Int’l Film Expo – Manila, The Philippines; Black Nights Industry Days – Tallinn, Estonia; and TIFFCOM – CoPro Connection, Tokyo, Japan among others.
Curator, Half Ticket
Monica Wahi is a curator, distributor and creative producer working in the genre of children’s films for the last 12 years. She is Founder-Director of the regional cross-border network Southasian Children’s Cinema Forum which has members from seven countries. In her capacity as Creative Head of Children’s Film Society India, Creative Director of Going to School and Lennep Media, she has helmed the development of various award-winning projects including Gattu, The World of Goopi and Bagha and the UNICEF-supported multimedia series - Girl Stars. She has also curated and organized international children’s film festivals including two editions of The Golden Elephant (the largest children’s film festival in the world), Reel Neverland at Dharamshala International Film Festival and Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth. In May 2016, Tata Sky launched “Kids’ Fiesta” - a new children’s film channel curated and executed by her.