festival guests

Shefali Bhushan
writer/director/producer of JUGNI

Studied Mass Communication and has directed and produced many news & current affairs programs for television. In 2000 she co-founded a website and a record label, "Beat of India.com", for which she travels to remote parts of India in search of the rarest and unique, folk music and musicians. Jugni is het debut.

Gautam Chintamani
author Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna

A born cinephile who has been writing on cinema for over a decade. Hailing from a literary tradition that runs deep on both sides of his family, Gautam specializes in writing on Hindi as well as World cinema.

Bhaskar Hazarika
writer & director of KOTHANODI

Bhaskar is a New Delhi-based writer and filmmaker. After completing his MA in Film & Drama from the University of Reading, he has worked extensively in Indian films, television, and documentaries. Kothanodi is his maiden film as director.

Florian Heinzen-Ziob
producer & director of ORIGINAL COPY

After leaving school, he worked at the Düsseldorf theatre as assistant director and as an editor and animator in Hamburg. He studied media arts and film direction at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Original Copy is his first feature-length documentary film.

Georg Heinzen
producer & director of ORIGINAL COPY

A German writer who studied history and German literature in Düsseldorf and scriptwriting in Munich. He writes novels, plays, and above all screenplays for television and cinema. In 2011 he lived in Mumbai as artist in residence.

Rinku Kalsy
director of FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN

She is the founder of Anecdote Films. An independent production company she started in 2006 in Amsterdam. She studied filmmaking in Amsterdam, and has worked on a few independent documentaries for international film festivals and for the Dutch national TV as an editor, producer and director. While researching and filming For the love of a man, she has become ardent fan of Rajnikanth and Tamil cinema.

Nagraj Manjule
director SAIRAT

Born and brought up in Karmala, a very small town in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, Manjule has witnessed at close quarters what a struggle it is for someone from a poor family to obtain an education in rural India. His first National Award-winning short film Pistulya was a reflection of his ‘felt experience’. Manjule is also one of the most significant and best-known Marathi poets of the last decade.

Bauddhayan Mukherji
director of THE VIOLIN PLAYER

At age eleven, Mukherji decided to become a filmmaker after reading Satyajit Ray’s book Ekei Boley Shooting (All About Shooting). Today he runs his own production company called Little Lamb Films. As his second feature film, The Violin Player has won the best feature film award at the 37th Durban International Film Festival.

Shivani Saran
producer

In 2015 she co-founded the independent production company Mutant Films, which merges an array of domestic and international development and producing experience with strong talent relationships. From 2012 she was a core team member of NFDC Film Bazaar. Amongst others she was associate producer of Chauthi Koot, supervising director of The Lunchbox and line producer of Dil Dhadakne Do.