Vasanth S Sai is an Indian film director and screenwriter working in the Tamil film industry. Accolades came to him in the form of a National award for the short film Thakayin Meethu Nanku Kankal in the year 2006 and three Tamil Nadu State Government awards for his films Keladi Kanmani, Aasai, and Satham Podathey. Thakayin Meethu Nanku Kankal found international recognition by bagging the Indo-Russian International award. In 2016, his short film Sanath won the National award for the best short film on social awareness.
In 2003 the ‘Kalaimamani’ (Repository of artistic excellence) title was conferred upon him by the Tamil Nadu Government for his contribution to the Tamil film industry. He has served twice as a jury member and once as South Jury Chairman in the National Film Awards.
Manju Borah is a multiple international and national awardwinning Indian film director and short story writer from Guwahati, Assam. Her first film Baibhab bagged the top award at the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival. Her film Ko-Yad (Whirlpool) won two National Awards for Best Cinematography and for the Best Film in the Mising language. She was bestowed the Women of Excellence Award by FICCI for her outstanding contribution to the Film and Entrepreneurship in 2009 and the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award by the Asian Film Foundation in 2012. She has served as Jury Member at Indian Panorama, IFFI 2007, MAMI International Film Festival 2008, 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival Mumbai 2008 and National Film Awards for 2007 (Feature Films).
Namrata Joshi is the Cinema Editor of the newspaper The Hindu, based in Mumbai. She won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2004. Namrata Joshi is an alumnus of the University of Delhi, Film and elevision Institute of India and Times Centre for Media Studies. In 1999, she joined Outlook as a special correspondent. During her Outlook tenure, she also wrote weekly reviews for Showtime magazine. Joshi also serves as a member of the Indian branch of the International Federation of Film Critics.
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Andrea Guzman is a cultural manager and filmmaker. Since 2017 she is Artistic Director of DocumentaMadrid International Film Festival. She has been working professionally in the audiovisual field from 1993. At her beginnings, she has worked at film shootings in the camera team, and then, she has been coordinator and programmer for several film festivals. In 2007 she founded DOCMA, now the main Documentary Filmmakers Association in Spain, which she headed until 2016, to promote and spread non-fiction cinema. In 2011 she founded El Mar Films to distribute and programme independently auteur films. She has also participated as a jury in film festivals such as Morelia Mexico, Seminci Valladolid, Filmadrid and Alcances Cádiz.
Haobam Paban Kumar is a filmmaker from Manipur. Kumar’s debut feature film Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the lake) won the National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation at the 64th National Film Awards, 2016. Kumar’s documentary ‘AFSPA 1958’ in 2006 attempted to showcase the harsh reality of the ill effects of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur. His other films include ‘The First Leap’ (2008), ‘Mr India’ (2009) and ‘Ruptured Spring’ (2012).
Sanjay Kak is an independent documentary filmmaker and writer whose recent work includes the films Red Ant Dream (2013) about the persistence of the revolutionary ideal in India, Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) about the idea of freedom in Kashmir, and Words on Water (2002) about the struggle against the Narmada dams in central India. He has been active in the Campaign Against Censorship and the Cinema of Resistance. Based in New Delhi he writes occasional political commentary, and reviews books that he is passionately engaged by.