Rajendra Jangaly – (Jury Chairman)
Rajendra Jangaly veteran filmmaker, cinematographer and alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. A 5-times National Award Winning filmmaker, he is known for his films Chanderi Nama, Rendezvous With Time, Baiga, and Raga of River Narmada among others. He has served as Creative Director (Films) for Madhya Pradesh Madhyam for over 20 years and made many notable films on culture and heritage of various tribe of central India. He has served as various prestigious jury including National Film Awards and IFFI. He lives in Bhopal (MP).
Mauli Singh After dabbling in film journalism in Mumbai (including a stint with Midday and Mumbai Mirror) and heading Corporate Communication for Playboy Clubs launch in India, Mauli Singh started her PR firm, ‘Loudspeaker Media’ to promote handpicked, content-driven and award-winning independent cinema, (Newton, Masaan, Titli, Village Rockstars, Chauthi Koot, Thithi, Miss Lovely, Film Festivals (IFFI, DIFF, IFFLA), Film Markets (Film Bazaar, India Pavilion at Cannes) and production houses (NFDC India, Drishyam Films, Ritesh Batra’s Poetic License, Jar Pictures, Prakash Jha Productions etc). Her first short film as a producer with Drishyam Films, Rammat-Gammat, won ‘Special Mention’ at the prestigious Oberhausen Short Film Festival and travelled to over 45 noted film festivals including Palm Spring Short Fest, winning 6 awards. Her first feature as a co-producer with Jar Pictures, CHANDRA won the best WIP project award at NFDC Film Bazaar 2019 and was among 20 WIP projects at Marche Du Film 2020's ‘Goes to Cannes’ section. She has done film programming for Jagran film festival and Kala Ghoda Arts festival. She has done international documentaries as a researcher and field producer and was instrumental in tracing a lost iconic Somali film ‘A Somali Dervish’ for an international documentary.
Shreya Bhattacharya is a screenwriter, mentor, and scripting supervisor. An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Shreya did her specialization in Screenplay Writing and before that did her studies from St. Stephen's College Delhi and Srishti School of Arts, Bengaluru. She has been working in the Creative Development Department at Dharma/Dharmatic (Mumbai), running the writer's room for various web series and digital content, working in close connection with various OTT platforms including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others. She has been actively involved in the development of films like Guilty. Prior to this, she has worked on the development of The Forgotten Army, besides dabbling as Script Supervisor on Thinkistan.
Vinay Upadhyay is a renowned art critic and anchor of India. Over thirty years of his journey in the field of Arts, Culture, and Journalism, he has served as Art Critic, Editor, and Reporter. A celebrated Anchor of prestigious programs of Hon’ble President, Governor, Prime Minister, and Chief Minister; he has been a known face and voice of cultural scenario of Madhya Pradesh. He was invited by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India to Anchor and Conduct 10th World Hindi Conference held in Bhopal. He has contributed to many documentaries and features of Doordarshan and Aakashwani as writer and voice over artiste. As an Art Critic, he has been traveling, writing, and reporting on festivals, artists, and concerts for prestigious dailies and magazines of India. Currently he serves as Director of Tagore International Centre for Arts and Culture at Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal.
Sudeep Sohni is a playwright, poet, singer, columnist, writer, and director who juggles between theatre and cinema. An MBA in marketing from Mumbai University (Mumbai – India), sudeep worked for four years in leading advertising agencies as a copywriter. His passion for creative writing took him to the Film and Television Institute of India where he did his specialization in Screenplay Writing. ‘Subhadra (based on Mahabharata)’, ‘Newto aur Pluto (children story)’, ‘Story of an Untitled Canvas’, ‘Amrita (based on Amrita Pritam), ‘Bhimbaithka: Pattharon Ki Panidar Kahani (long poetry)’ and ‘Rumi (based on Sufi poet Rumi)’ are his famous plays which have been staged and acclaimed at various theatre festivals of India. Founder of Sudeep Sohni Films, his non-verbal short film ‘#itoo’, has won Outstanding Achievement Award at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2019. Currently his two documentaries ‘Gangaur -a ritualistic documentary of 100 years of tradition/30 min’ and ‘Tanishka - the journey of an 8-year-old Bharatanatyam dancer/65 min’ are into the post-production stage. Active in the art scenario of Madhya Pradesh – India, sudeep has been actively writing for World Cinema in various journals, Newspapers, Magazines. As a critic, he has been covering the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for the last two years and also got accreditation for Cannes Film Festival 2018. He was invited as the observer at the prestigious Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop-2018 held in Calcutta. He is also working as a conceptualizer and advisor for various art festivals in India. Recently, he serves as the selection committee jury member-films in the first-ever awards given by the Screenwriters Association of India (SWA) in the year 2020. Currently, he is Director-Vishwarang International Film Festival 2020 organized by Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal.
Ashok Kumar Meena
Ashok Kumar Meena hailing from Jaipur (Rajasthan), Ashok is a trained cinematographer from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His first feature film Kosa has selected for the prestigious Raindance Film Festival (London) for the year 2020 and Kolkata International Film Festival, (Kolkata) 2020. Based on rice farming in North-East India and produced by INTACH, his documentary ‘Life in a Fistful of Rice’ has received appreciation at various documentary film festivals of India and abroad including Bahamas, Los Angeles etc. His short film #itoo has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Kolkata International Cult Film Festival 2019 for the year 2019. These days he is engaged in various independent productions as director and cinematographer of documentaries and short films.
Dinesh Yadav hailing from Maheshwar (Madhya Pradesh) and alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Dinesh has worked as Editor and Director at length for various documentaries, indie and commercial films. His first feature film ‘Turtle’ has won him National Award for Best Rajasthani Film at 66th National Film Awards of India. He is passionate about teaching aspects of cinema to younger students.