Prof. Rita Dutta (Rwita Dutta) is a film scholar and film critic. She writes on cinema in several national and international print and web journals. She is a member of the International Film Critics Association – Fipresci since 2005. She has served as the jury member in Ossian’s Cinefan Festival Delhi 2006, Kiev International Film Festival Ukraine 2007, Cairo International Film Festival 2010, Busan International Film Festival 2011, Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival 2012, Kerala International Film Festival 2013, Cannes Film Festival 2013, Aswan Women’s Film Festival 2017, Jinzhen International Short Film Festival China 2018 and Bangalore International Film Festival 2018. She was invited as a special guest to deliver lectures on cinema in the Documentary Film Festival Turkey 2005, International Film Festival Bangladesh 2006, European Film School Macedonia 2010 and International Short Film Festival Zubroffka Poland 2016. She edits an international film journal titled ‘Filmbuff’.
Suman Kittur started her career as a film journalist and writing extensively on culture. In 2007 she wrote a song for the music maestro Illaya Raja for a Kannada Film which became very popular. In 2008 she directed her first Kannada feature film ‘Slum Bala’ which was a big success in the box office and also won critical appreciation. In 2009 she directed her second feature film ‘Kallara Santhe’ (Mela of Thieves)- a political satire based on the present political personalities of Karnataka which won her the best director award of Karnataka State. Her third feature film ‘Edegaarike’ (The Guts, 2012) is hailed as the path breaking film of Kannada language. Her last feature film ‘The Rowdy Women of Kiragooru’ (Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu, 2016) not only earned high critical appreciation, awards and honors but also was a huge success in box office. Suman Kittur is also a well known cine activist of Karnataka.
Indrani Chakrabarti started her career as an in-house producer of a TV channel. Later she made several documentaries and short fictions which traveled to many festivals. Her important works include documentaries ‘Destiny’ (2003), ‘Story of the Witch’ (2005), short fictions ‘Sonargaon’ (2007), ‘Ekti Choto Chobi’ (2011) and others. ‘Destiny’ was screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival MIFF- 2004 and Kurz International Film Festival Hamburg, Germany. Her film ‘Changing Lives through Dance’ has received the citation for the Best Film for Teachers award at the CEC-UGC video competition in 2006-2007. She has made audio-visual presentations for several renowned organizations like Care India, Ministry of I &CA, Central Institute of Indian Languages Mysore, Sanhita and others. She just has completed a documentary ‘Ladaakh Chale Rickshawala’ funded by Films Division. For last twelve years she is associated with the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Kolkata- a project of UGC and has made several educational films.
Sekhar Das is one of the leading filmmakers of India with several award winning feature films to his credit. His films include ‘Mahulbanir Sereng’ (2004), ‘Krantikaal’ (2005), ‘Kaaler Rakhal’ (2008), ‘Necklace’ (2011), ‘ESP’ (2012), ‘Nayan Champar Dinratri’ (2013) and ‘Jogajog’ (2015). ‘Mahulbanir Sereng’ was selected for the Indian Panorama. ‘Krantikaal’ got many awards including the National Award, Best Director Award in Dhaka International Film Festival and Special Jury Award in Osian Cinefan Festival. Also selected for the Indian Panorama. ‘Kaler Rakhal’ also got several awards and honors. He also made a documentary on Bishnu Dey (2010) and more than 20 short films for TV. He has directed many mystery thrillers for a leading TV channel. He was associated with a travelogue program for a TV Channel for nearly three years as presenter, writer and director. He served on the juries for different international film festivals in home and abroad. He has also served in the jury for the National Awards in India and also for the jury for Oscar nomination from India.
Atanu Ghosh started his career as a scriptwriter and documentary maker. He has directed 23 telefilms and over 30 documentary and corporate films for many reputed organisations. His debut feature film, ‘Angshumaner Chhobi’ (2009) was selected in the Indian Panorama as well as in the Competitive Section of the IFFI. It also received the prestigious Aravindan Puraskaram, the Lankesh Chitra Prashasti (Karnataka State Award for India’s Best Debut Director ) and Bengal Film Journalist Award besides 13 other national and international awards. His second film ‘Takhan Teish’ (2011) was screened at film festivals in Shanghai, Osaka and others. His third film ‘Rupkatha Noy’ (2013) was selected in many film festivals including Shanghai, Dhaka and others. His fourth film, ‘Ek Phaali Rodh’ (2014) had its world premiere at Shanghai. His fifth film ‘Abby Sen’ (2015) was also selected in many festival. His latest film ‘Mayurakshi’ (2017) is a big success in box office and also acclaimed highly by the critics. It got the coveted Best Indian Film Award in the 10th Bangalore International Film Festival.
Nirmal Dhar is a veteran film journalist working in this filed for more than fifty years. As a freelancer he was attached with various news papers and periodicals like ‘Gharoa’, ‘Jalsha’, ‘Amrita’, ‘Saptahik Bartaman’ and daily newspapers like ‘Jugantar’ and ‘Bartaman’. For last 26 years he is attached with the Bengali daily ‘Sangbad Pratidin’. He was also the Kolkata correspondent of ‘Movie/TV marketing’ – a Tokyo based monthly magazine. He is a festival-trotter and travels around the film festivals all over the world. Member of Fipresci-India and served in its jury at Busan, Armenia, Taiwan, Cairo, Vladivostak and other international film festivals. He also has served in the national film jury and as the member of the selection panel for Mumbai Short and Documentary Film Festival of Films Division.
Satarupa Sanyal is an independent film maker, producer, actor, poet and social activist. She acted in films since 1985. Initially she performed for Doordarshan plays and telefilms in lead roles. In 1998 she made her debut film ‘Anu’ as a director and producer under her own banner ‘Scud’. The film was highly acclaimed and still regarded as one of the most important political films of Bengal. After that she made ‘Atatayee’ (2000), ‘Tanyabi’s Lake’ (2002), ‘Tobu O Basanta’ (2012), ‘Once Upon a Time in Kolkata’ (2014) and ‘Onyo Apalaa’ (2015). ‘Onyo Apalaa’ was selected for Indian Panorama and took part in several festivals. She is well known for her feminist social views that identify her films separately. She was trained in Hindustani classical music and Rabindra Sangeet and performed for the All India Radio. She has served Central Board of Film Certification for 4 years as a member. She also served as the jury member of Indian Panorama, National Award for feature film, National Awards for All India Radio and selection committee jury in MIFF.
Tangella Madhavi is an award winning independent documentary film maker. She has made films for PSBT, Films Division, Majlis, VPRO Netherlands and NHK Japan. Tangella Madhavi has also taught documentary film making at Sophia Polytechnic and been a documentary mentor for Idocs (Documentary Resource Initiative), Documentor (Imphal) and was on the selection committee for International Documentary for Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014. An alumni of SRFTI, Asian Film Academy and Sophia Polytechnic, Tangella Madhavi is currently an Assistant Professor (Non Fiction) at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.
Priyanka Dasgupta is the Features Editor of The Times of India, Kolkata. During her stint as a journalist at The Asian Age, The Times of India and Anandabazar Patrika for close to two decades, she has been writing about a wide range of subjects. Movies remain her passion and she has extensively covered cinema both in Indian and foreign shores.
Saibal Chatterjee is a National Award winning film critic, an author of a book on Gulzar, co-editor of a book on films; and a documentary scriptwriter. He was a staff writer of The Telegraph, The Times of India, and Outlook; the editor of TV World; and a consultant to Zee Premiere. He’s a founder member of the Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI). He has served on the jury of a variety of international film festivals. And was a key member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Brittanica’s Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema.
Manoj Barpujari is a National Award winning film critic, and a Munin Borkotoky Literary Award winning poet. He has written/edited 12 books. He writes for Frontline, The Assam Tribune, The Eastern Chronicle, and various Assamese publications. He’s a member of FCCI, FIPRESCI India, and the Indian Film Critics Association (IFCA). And has served on the jury of IFFK, KIFF; the film festivals of Almaty, Busan, Port of Spain, Prag, Dhaka, Siliguri, and Guwahati; the Assam State Film Awards; and the National Film Awards.
MK Raghavendra is a National Award winning film critic. And a literary scholar, theorist, critic and writer who had, till 2016, authored 6 volumes on cinema, and contributed to numerous newspapers and periodicals in India and outside. He’s a co-founder of the iconic film journal, Deep Focus, founder-editor of Phalanx, and visiting faculty at premier institutions. He’s a member of FCCI, and was formerly a FIPRESCI India secretary. And has served on the jury of various international film festivals as well as of the Indian Panorama (twice) by the government of India.