KASHISH 2013 is proud, privileged and delighted to bring together an International Jury Panel of eminent and acclaimed film and media personalities to judge the competitive categories.

Aruna Raje one of the top women directors of her generation has always been a trendsetter. Having passed out of FTII with a gold medal in 1969, she was the first trained woman technician in the industry. She co edited many films including Giddh and Masoom. As a filmmaker, her repertoire of critically acclaimed films like Rihaee, Sitam, Gehrayee and Shaque, Tum: A Dangerous Obsession, Bhairavi, have constantly questioned sexuality and the space for women in Indian society. Having worked with the best talents in Indian film industry including Shabana Azmi, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Manisha Koirala, Naseeruddin Shah and Amrish Puri; she has given each of her films her own individualistic stamp. Her documentaries Mallika Sarabhai: A New Paradigm have won National Awards. She has served on several international juries and was the Chairperson of non-fiction jury for the 56th National Awards (2008) and the most recent 80th National Awards (2012).


Bollywood and television actor Simone Singh made her debut in India’s first English television serial A Mouthful of Sky followed by popular TV series Sea Hawks and Swabhiman. She earned laurels for her role as the lead in the popular television serial Heena. The lure of the silver screen saw her test her acting chops in films like Being Cyrus, while also playing important roles in block busters like Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham and international productions like Marigold. Her other films include Rann, Sur, Ek Rishtaa and Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya. She has served on the jury of the first International Emmy awards that was held in India. Simone Singh is also a favourite of the fashion paparazzi for her quirky style statements on the red carpet.


Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based journalist, poet, author and an important voice in Indian writing in English today. With a liberal arts degree from Elphinstone College and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai;  His debut novel Em and the Big Hoom, won the Hindu Literary Prize. His book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb on popular yesteryears Bollywood actor Helen won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema. Jerry Pinto has been a consulting editor for Man’s World magazine and Time Out. He has also co-authored Leela: A Portrait with Leela Naidu. He has authored a collection of poems, Asylum and Other Poems and co-edited Confronting Love, a book of contemporary Indian love poetry in English and Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai. 




Quasar Thakore Padamsee is a theatre director based in Mumbai. Graduating from St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, he dabbled in advertising before turning to theatre full time. He works primarily with outfit QTP directing, producing and creating theatre works with a conscience. He is also one of the founders of youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in it's 15th year. Some of his plays include So Many Socks, Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace,  and Project S.T.R.I.P. He was also the Assistant Director of Tim Supple's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has absolutely NO interest in making films, but plenty of interest in watching them.



Berwyn Rowlands is a Welsh Internationalist who has 25 years' experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality. He has produced content which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C as well as projects for BBC Radio 2. He has also served on film award juries is regularly asked to talk about film and gay rights on TV and radio. In 2006 he founded the Festivals Company which among  many high profile projects also runs the Iris Prize, which gives out world’s largest lesbian and gay short film prize. Recently in April 2013, the Iris Prize was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II of England at a reception for the British Film Industry.



Additional Jury for Riyad Wadia Award for Emerging Indian Filmmaker

Roy Wadia is Executive Director of Heroes Project, the HIV communications and advocacy NGO that is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Avahan programme. Hailing from the Wadia Movietone family, and brother of the late filmmaker and gay activist Riyad Wadia, Roy worked at CNN for 12 years, helping launch and produce much of the global broadcaster's Asia-Pacific news programming. In 2003, Roy switched careers by joining the World Health Organisation's China office as its communications and advocacy officer, working on campaigns ranging from HIV to environmental health.