International Competition Jury
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
JIO MAMI CONTENT STUDIO
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.
Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award 2017
HALF TICKET CHILDREN'S JURY
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