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Surbhi Dewan is a film director, writer & producer. Her films explore intersections and overlaps between political conflict, gender, migration, memory and personhood. She uses creative audio-visual techniques to mould poetic, intimate and engaging narratives. Surbhi is deeply committed to presenting unique perspectives and humanizing ‘the other’ through her work. Her notable independent films include Daughter of Nepal (2018) and A Thin Wall (2015). 

Surbhi has also produced award-winning media content for various clients with her New Delhi-based production company, Painted Tree Pictures. She is a member of the International Association of Women in Radio & Television, India chapter. She graduated with an MFA in film from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and received her BA degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

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Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti are Indian National Award winning filmmakers and alumni of the prestigious Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, India. They have made several documentaries and short films which include “At the Crossroads Nondon Bagchi Life and Living” (61st National Film Award, 2013), “Kayantar”, “Mala”, “The Woman... and the Man“,“3 on a Bed”, “She Creates to Conquer”, “Mrinal Sen: An Era in Cinema”, and others. They have worked with esteemed producers like PBS and Showofforce, USA, Native Voices, London, Doordarshan - Prasar Bharati, PSBT, Films Division, Govt of India, Aurora Film Corporation and others.

Their films have been acclaimed in international film festivals like IFFSA -Toronto in Canada, Chicago South Asian Film Festival; Tasveer South Asian Film Festival – Seattle; Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival in USA; Imagineindia International Film Festival of Madrid, Spain; Indian Association Sharjah Film Festival, Dubai; Indian Panorama – IFFI in Goa; IDSFFK – Kerala; MIFF & MAMI – Mumbai; Woodpecker International Film Festival - New Delhi; Kolkata International Film Festival; Signs – Kochi; Jaipur Film World; Winner of Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award, IDPA Award, Kalpanirjhar Foundation Award, Bengaluru International Short Film Festival Award and many more. Their feature film script “The Biryani Seller” was part of the NFDC Film Bazaar Co-Production Market 2016.

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Mujeer Pasha, in his own words, is a 29-year old pseudo-intellectual person living in Bangalore. And thinks he is a cannon (Pun totally intended, but violence, no). On a serious note, it’s quite a metaphor! Well, filmmaking has been a major form of his expression for the past 6 years. Storytelling through text, visuals and sound is his super-human power. This is how he thinks he brings value and drives people to see things differently. Ahem!

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Veena Kulkarni is a teacher, a filmmaker, entrepreneur, godmother, cat-parent...and in all of this, she tells stories, that’s what she’s best known for! She’s a powerful show runner and has put together many successes in her long, divergent career. Anything created by Veena tends to evoke love, free thinking and hope...much like the child-like optimist she is herself. With her neon socks and warm smile, she rules the stage and the hearts of her loved ones.

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The Poison Thorn is Farzana Boby’s first documentary film. She has worked as an assistant director, co-director and a cinematographer with many eminent directors in Bangladesh. Boby is also a poet and a writer and the founding member of Chobir Lorai, a non-profit organization of activist filmmakers.