Shristi Joshi is a first-time filmmaker from Nepal, and "6,743 Count My Voice!" tries to explore the dilemma of a locally elected female representative from one of the marginalized communities of Nepal. She believes the festival would give the issue her film is trying to convey a much-needed exposure and advocacy.

Considering Dalit women’s perspective in local government has a far-reaching impact, and if given the right kind of exposure, it can be a strong tool for advocacy on women's (women from the marginalized community) participation in governance.

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Omar Rahim New York-based Omar Rahim has performed internationally with MacArthur Award-winning Susan Marshall & Company at venues including BAM, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival. Omar starred in award-winning Bengali film Meherjaan alongside Jaya Bachchan and Victor Banerjee. His US credits include The Guru (Universal Studios), Person of Interest (CBS) and Startup (Sony Crackle). Agency is his first film as producer/writer/director.

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Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto and studied physics at York University and the University of Illinois. He has an MFA from NYU’s Film School where he now teaches along with the Physics Department. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper, won the Best Short Film Award at Toronto International Film Festival 2011 and the Canadian Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Ian is co-writing Time Traveler with Spike Lee, an adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel Soucouyant and a feature adaptation of Doubles With Slight Pepper. Recently, Ian was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and profiled in the New York Times.

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Pradipta Ray is a queer filmmaker, painter and animation artist based out of Mumbai. A fine art graduate from Govt. Art College, Kolkata, and an alumnus at National Institute of Design, Pradipta is a regular visiting faculty at her alma mater. She is widely known for her work as the chief visualizer for Bollywood blockbusters such as Rang de Basanti, Heyy Babyy and Kambakth Ishq.

As a filmmaker, Pradipta written and directed three short films; Raat Baki (2011), Eidi-The Gift (2014) and Guy Next Door (2015). Her first short film Raat Baki (The Night is Young) has been widely screened in various international film festivals and has also bagged the Riyadh Wadia Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (2012).


Fathima Shanaz is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies attached to the Journalism Unit, University of Colombo. She has obtained B.A. Special (honours) in Mass Communication at University of Kelaniya in 2006. She is a film maker and a researcher, her short film ‘Hope’ and ‘H2O’ was screened several national and international festivals and she won the SIGNIS Salutation award Sri Lanka in 2018, for her short film HOPE. Her latest Animation Short Film H2O won the Cristal Owl Award at the RAIN International Film Festival 2019 in India and won the best film award at the WARSHA Film festival 2019 in Sri Lanka. She has presented her research papers in both national and international symposiums and now she reading for her Mphil degree programme in film studies.

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Prithi Khalique is a visual artist based in Bangladesh and New York. Her work embraces a wide range of disciplines such as animation, motion graphics and illustration. She uses her work to challenge and capture sexuality, abjection and systematic oppression in order to explore alternative models of femininity and power. Her vocabulary draws from surrealism and South-Asian pictorial forms and connects them with contemporary visual languages of speculative fiction and CGI.

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Amirah Tajdin is a Kenyan artist and filmmaker. She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) in South Africa and Goucher College Maryland (USA). Over a ten year period of film-making she has crafted a signature style of blending reality with fiction through her strong visual language in both her commercial and cinematic work. Her branded content film SISTERHOOD: ACTION for Girls Who Code was a Tribeca X Award 2019 finalist. Currently, she splits her time between Africa and the Middle East balancing freelance commercial directing work as well as independent fiction and documentary both locally and internationally and forms the creative half of SEVEN THIRTY Films an Africa based indie production company, which she founded in Nairobi in 2011 alongside her sister, producer Wafa Tajdin.

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Ileka Ruwanpathirana is a Sri Lankan upcoming filmmaker. She obtained her primary and secondary schooling in a provincial school and went on to study Mass Communication at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka where she was awarded a second class honors degree in 2016. She started reading for her MPhil in Film Marketing and Public Relations at University of Kelaniya in 2017. She has been involved in journalism from a young age and has many experiences in different fields like newspaper, television, radio, commercials, and Local and foreign film productions. She has worked with renowned film directors and production companies in the world.