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SHRI. ASHOK RANE

Festival Director

A noted film critic, film academician, researcher, writer, scriptwriter and filmmaker, is also the director of IFA – Indian Film Academy. He has been in film journalism since mid 70s and during this long career he has been writing consistently and extensively on Indian and world cinema. He has edited ‘IFA Cinema’ an annual of IFA and various other film society journals.

He has 7 books, 6 documentaries, 2 TV serials and 2 feature films to his credit. He is also known as short story writer. He has served as a member of jury at several international film festivals at home and abroad. He has been teaching cinema at Mumbai University and various other prestigious institutions and has been conducting film appreciation workshops for last 25 years.

He is a recipient of two National Awards, two international awards for his documentaries and one literary award for his book.

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SHRI. SHIV KADAM

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Born in 1976, Shiv is a Gold Medalist in Master of Dramatics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University. Shiv is a writer, director, and lyricist. He wrote and directed Cappuccino (feature, Marathi), Wings of Fire (feature, Marathi, loosely based on book by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam) and Jawani Zindabad (feature, Marathi). He has just finished his latest feature film in Marathi titled Sargam with Girish Karnad in the lead role. Shiv has directed plays – Ashadh Ka Ek Din (by Mohan Rakesh), Nagmandala (by Girish Karnad), Mahanirvan (by Satish Alekar), Saye Tuze Dole (by Bharat Sasne). Shiv is a visiting faculty to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Aurangabad) and Weigan & Leigh College (Pune). At present he is HoD – Fine Arts at MGM, Aurangabad.

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SHRI. NILESH RAUT

Director of Administration

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SHRI. MANGESH MARDHEKAR

Deputy Director Programme & Festival Coordination

Mangesh Mardhekar is a B.Sc. (Physics) graduate, from Mumbai University. He began his career as Programme Coordinator for Mumbai Film Festival in 2004. He was Festival Deputy Programmer with Mumbai FF (MAMI) from 2008 till 2015. He has been associated with other film festivals also in various roles. Mangesh was programme coordinator for Third Eye Asian FF from 2004 to 2007, has been the working with Yashwant Intl. Film Festival (organised by Y. B. Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai) as Programmer since 2011. He was Programme Manager for the 1st FICCI FLO Film Festival held in 2016. He is currently Festival Programmer with Dhaka IFF (Bangladesh). He has been a Festival Consultant to feature films including national award winning films ‘Yellow’ (2014 / Marathi) and ‘K Sera Sera’ (Konkani / 2016).

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JAYPRAD DESAI

Creative Director

A film graduate from New York, with a Masters Degree in Directing Fiction; Jayprad has made several commercials and short films. He made his feature debut with multiple award-winning Marathi feature NAGRIK as writer director in 2014. The film won many awards including Maharashtra State Govt.’s award for Best Social Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, etc. His short film CINE-MAA (2015) was selected in IFF Kerala (2015) and won Best Actor award at Maharashtra State Intl. Short FF. His short film ROSEBUSH (English, student short film, 25 min) won Best Screenplay, Most Promising Debut: National Board of Review, Director’s Guild of America, New York 2008. He has done various TV commercials for leading ad agencies and clients. He has done making and promotional videos for UTV for their film GHANCHAKKAR (Hindi, Feature, 2012-13). Jayprad has co-produced documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery etc.