International Competition Jury

John Madden

Head of Jury

John Philip Madden is an English director of film, television, theatre, and radio. An alumnus of the University of Cambridge with a B.A. in English Literature, he began his career with theatre, before moving on to the BBC and entering the world of radio and television. With several prominent television titles to his credit, including Prime Suspect 4 and episodes of Sherlock Holmes, Madden turned his focus to feature films in the early nineties. His film Shakespeare in Love won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998 as well as the Silver Bear at the 49th annual Berlin International Film Festival. His recent successes include much-loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel series and Miss Sloane (2016). Along with his work as a director, Madden serves as a jury member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their work to industry professionals.

Celina Jade

Celina Jade is a Hong Kong-American actress, singer, songwriter, model and martial artist. Her early career as a singer, which began when she was only 14, got her widespread success and numerous No. 1 hits across Asia. As an actress, she has several noteworthy roles to her credit, including that of ‘Shado’ in the first two season of CW’s Arrow. Her most recent success is her leading role the Chinese action megahit Wolf Warrior 2 (2017).

Konkona Sensharma

Konkona Sensharma is an award-winning actress and film director. Beginning her career as a child artist in Bengali films at the age of 4, she has now acted in over 40 films in Hindi, Bengali and English. Her performance in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002) earned her a National Film Award for Best Actress along with widespread critical acclaim. She won her second National Film Award four years later for her performance in Omkara in 2006, which was also the year she debuted as director with her short film Naamkoron. In 2016, she established herself as a director with her debut feature film A Death in the Gunj, while continuing her work as an acclaimed actress with Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha.


Rajendra is the Chief Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art. He is also a member of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films and has served on numerous juries and selection committees for organisations such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

India Gold Jury


Head of Jury

Clio is a celebrated filmmaker whose work has been shown in cinemas, international film festivals and galleries like the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her debut feature, The Arbor (2010), won numerous awards, including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at TriBeCa Film Festival. Her fiction feature The Selfish Giant (2013) screened in the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival and won the Europa Cinemas Award. Her new film Dark River (2017) was screened at Toronto International Film Festival.


Baoping is considered a pioneer in Chinese crime dramas. He is an award-winning director, screenwriter and producer. Best known for films like Einstein and Einstein (2013) and The Dead End (2015), which was a commercial success as well as a favourite with international film festivals, he is widely-regarded as the director with the Midas touch.


Born in Slovakia and working in Hungary since she was 18, Alexandra is a Hungarian theatre, television and film actress. She played the role of Maria in Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body And Soul (2017), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.


Gyan is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and the Director of Fung Global Seminar at Princeton University. He is the author of several books, including Mumbai Fables, which was the basis of the film Bombay Velvet (2015), for which he wrote the original story and co-wrote the script.


An Israeli filmmaker and lecturer at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, Tayla won the Best Film award and the Nora Ephron Prize in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for her feature film Zero Motivation. Her short films have also received multiple international awards.

Dimensions Mumbai Jury


Head of Jury

Kabir began his career as a documentary filmmaker. His documentary The Forgotten Army (1999), on Myanmar, won the Grand Jury Award at Film South Asia. His photographs from Afghanistan won photography awards at the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention in Switzerland in 1999 and the Nikon International Photo of the year in 2003. Today, Kabir is best known for his fiction features. He is a twice over National Award winning writer-director whose filmography includes Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ek Tha Tiger and Kabul Express.


Tillotama made her debut as an actress in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding. After studying Educational Theatre, she returned to films and has since done more than 25 films, notably Qissa: The Tale Of A Lonely Ghost (2013) and A Death In The Gunj (2016).


Dulquer made his acting debut in 2012, with Second Show and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He has since garnered a following for his performances in award-winning films like Kammatipaadam (2016) and Charlie (2015). Over the past five years, he has acted in over 30 Malayalam and Tamil films, and is set to enter the Hindi film industry with the upcoming film, Kaarwaan.


Ruchika is a writer and director based in Mumbai. Her debut feature film Island City (2015) won the FEDEORA Award for Best Debut Director at Venice Days, Venice International Film Festival. The film travelled to over 30 international film festivals, winning several awards. She has recently written the story and screenplay of a short film, to be directed by Zoya Akhtar.

Book Award Jury


Ambarish is a Delhi-based vascular surgeon and writer. His novel Perineum: Nether Parts of the Empire was published in 2007. He is currently working on a collection of illustrated medico-sexual essays. His opinion pieces have appeared in Outlook, Tehelka, Open, Time Out and The Hindu BLink.


Kiran is one of the most significant names in modern Indian literature. He is a novelist, playwright, critic and screenwriter in Marathi and English. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in English for his epic novel Cuckold. His Ravan and Eddie is one of the finest portraits of Mumbai in literature.


Renuka is an actress, director and writer. She has been an actress in Indian theatre, television and film for the last 30 years. Her first directorial feature film Rita (2009) was screened at several festivals. It was critically acclaimed, and won her awards for her direction and screenplay.


Sayema is a radio presenter. She hosted the much-acclaimed Hindi retro night show, “Purani Jeans”. She currently hosts a national show called “Meethi Mirchi”. An awardwinning radio jockey, Sayema brought Saadat Hasan Manto’s writing to the radio.




Tannishtha Chatterjee is an award-winning actress, known for taking on challenging roles. Her notable films include Brick Lane (2007) and Island City  (2015). She was recently seen in the Oscar-nominated Lion (2016) and in Doctor Rakhmabai (2016), a biopic based on the life of the first practicing Indian female doctor of India. Tannishtha has been part of many international film juries, including the Asia Pacific Screen awards.


Hansal Mehta won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction for his film Shahid (2012). Shahid had its world premier at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, following which it had an extended run at various international film festivals. He then directed City Lights (2014) and Aligarh (2015). Aligarh premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival and went to the BFI London Film Festival. It was also the opening film at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. His latest films are Simran (2017) and Omerta (2017).


Shakun Batra is the director and co-writer of the widely acclaimed family drama, Kapoor & Sons (2016). Of late he’s been obsessed with Virtual Reality and now he spends all his extra hours trying to bring this new medium to the forefront in India.

Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award 2017


Alankrita Shrivastava is an award-winning film director and screenwriter with a penchant for telling women’s stories. She read Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and has worked with Prakash Jha Productions on several films. She was the executive producer on Khoya Khoya Chand (2007). She is best known for being the director of the ‘lady-oriented’ film, Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), which has been widely appreciated both commercially and on the festival circuit, having won 13 international awards.


Born and raised in Matunga, movies first happened on makeshift screens at Ganpati Pandals, then Aurora Cinema, then (of course) VHS. After fulfilling half-hearted duties in the conventional job world, Vasan quit it all to join Anurag Kashyap. He assisted Kashyap on films like Dev.D (2009) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Vasan also worked with Michael Winterbottom on Trishna (2011), made the feature film Peddlers (which was in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2012), co-wrote Raman Raghav 2.0 and Bombay Velvet, and now dabbles in advertising too.


After trying her hand at ad filmmaking and a couple of shorts, Gayatri studied MFA (in filmmaking) at Northwestern University, Chicago. On her return,  she co-wrote and co-directed the critically-acclaimed, Oram Po (aka Auto, 2007). Her most recent project is Vikram Vedha (2017), a modern take on  the Vikram and Betal tales of yore, set in the contemporary world of gangsters and cops. Gayatri co-writes and co-directs with her husband and longtime partner, AKS Pushkar.




Abbas is 11 and studies in Grade Seven at Billabong High School. His favourite film character is Ron Weasley and he hopes to go to Hogwarts someday. A good film is... “a picture which you could visualise in your perspective.”


Aviva is nine. She studies in Chatrabhuj Narsee School, in Grade Five. Her favourite film character is Harry Potter and she wants to go travelling through France. A good film is… “Something that attracts the interest of the audience and for me, it is more about communicating through storytelling.”


Helly is 15 and studies at Lodha World School (Palava). On top of her list of places to visit is Spain. Her favourite film character is the Black Widow from The Avengers series. A good film is… “one that makes you laugh, cry, experience everything and leaves a deep impression on you forever.”


Krisha is 10 and studies at Akshara High School. She wants to go to Paris and has two favourite film characters: Sunny Gill from Sniff and Kaaka Muttai from Kaaka Muttai. A good film is … “one that gives some moral and is also entertaining.”


Prabhat is 16 and a student of Aditya Birla World Academy. On top of his travel plans is a trip to Scotland. His favourite film character is Achilles, from Troy. A good film is … “something that makes me think.”


Shreyasi is 14 years old, dreams of interstellar travel and studies in Grade 9, at Udayachal High School. Her favourite film character is Shoya Ishida from A Silent Voice.A good film is … “relatable”.


Shiv is 14 years old and a student of CP Goenka International School. He wants to visit Munich and his favourite film character is Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. A good film is … “inspiring.”



Srishti Arya was to the film industry born. Daughter of producer Ramesh Behl and sister of filmmaker Goldie Behl, Srishti made her production debut with Angaaray (1998). Following this, Sristhi produced Goldie’s directorial debut, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001), which she also co-wrote. Apart from Bollywood, Srishti for herself on the small screen. Her shows have been described as bold and new-age. Currently Rose has the mega scale show, Aarambh, on air on Star Plus, and more shows in the pipeline.


Rajkummar Rao is one of the most versatile actors in the country today. He won a National Award for his performance in Shahid (2013). A method actor in the truest sense, his performances have ranged from comic in the recent Bareilly ki Barfi (2017) to harrowing in Trapped (2016). His latest film is Newton (2017), which has been selected as India’s nominee to the Oscars.


Nitya Mehra studied literature in Delhi University and filmmaking at New York University. After working on a Spike Lee production as a production assistant, she returned to india to pursue her dream of making films. In 2016, she released her first feature film, Baar Baar Dekho. The film was produced by Excel Entertainment (Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani) & Co – produced by Dharma Productions (Karan Johar). She is now working on her next film script.