Jury of filmmakers, actors and activist will judge films in seven categories, Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, Best International Narrative Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best Indian Narrative Short Film, Riyad Wadia Emerging Indian Filmmaker and Best Actor.
National award winning actor Sarika is a renowned actress whose growth and stature in Indian cinema has spanned several decades. From the lovable child actor Baby Sarika to leading lady of several Rajashri films to her recent path-breaking films like Parzania, Sarika is one of the most loved and respected actresses of our times. She has acted in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali language films. Apart from acting, she has also worked on sound design and costume designs for more than 30 films. She has won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design (2000) for the film Hey Ram, as well as the National Film Award for Best Actress (2002) for her performance in Parzania, in which she played the role of a Zoroastrian woman who loses her child during the 2002 riots.
Actor and former Member of Parliament Nitish Bharadwaj’s face is recognized in millions of households across India, identified with his iconic role as Lord Krishna in BR Chopra’s TV serial Mahabharat. Starting as a child actor in theatre in 1972, his repertoire encompasses numerous plays in Hindi and Urdu, several popular TV serials and more than 10 feature films in Hindi, Marathi and Malayalam. He has also performed in BBC radio plays and performed at London’s oldest theater - Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has produced and directed the TV shows Geeta Rahasya, Aparadhi and several documentary films. His most recent Marathi film Pitruroon starring Tanuja and Sachin Khedekar has won several awards. He has been a Member of Parliament and also has co-authored a book about the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra and how it could help in enhancing life quality.
Onir is a trailblazing director, writer and editor – his film I Am (2011) won the National Award - , and probably the only ``out’’ filmmaker in Bollywood. Awarded a scholarship to study films in Berlin, Onir after his return to India started his career as an editor, scriptwriter, art director, music album director and producer. He made his feature film debut with My Brother…Nikhil in 2005. It was one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with AIDS and same-sex relationships. His later film I Am (2011) also won critical acclaim and many awards at several film festivals around the globe as well as the National Award in two categories for Best Hindi Film and Best Lyrics.
He has been on the panel for the Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Script Lab at Locarno Fest. Together with Sanjay Suri he started Anticlock Films, a production company focuses on promoting young directors. Currently he is busy with the production of his upcoming film, Shab.
An alumni of National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Pia Benegal is a reputed costume designer for films and television. Known for her impeccable aesthetics and keen eye for detail, she has designed costumes for various film genres - historical, biopic, mainstream popular cinema. Her repertoire of films include Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se, Shyam Benegal’s Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda, Mammo, Zubeida, Bose - The Forgotten Hero, Welcome To Sajjanpur, Dev Benegal's An English August and Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys. Her latest work is the 10 part Television series Samvidhan directed by Shyam Benegal. She won the Zee Cine Awards in 1998 for Best Costume Design for her work in Sardari Begum. In 2008 she was one of the three finalists for Best Costumes for BAFTA Awards for BBC TV Docu- Drama ‘Last Days of the Raj’.
Avantika Akerkar is a reputed theater and film actress whose repertoire is cutting edge and impressive. She has acted in over 20 plays including for the Royal Court theatre festival held in Mumbai and for the BBC radio. She has also produced plays with noted Israeli Director, Gil Alon, and Royal Court Theatre, London actress, Paddy Navin. She has acted in many international films including The Other End of the Line (2008), Loins of Punjab Presents (2007) and The World Unseen (2007) which was screened at KASHISH 2012. She has worked with Oscar winning actors including Jane Fonda, Marissa Tomei, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere. She has performed on stage with Eve Ensler in the much-celebrated Vagina Monologues. She has served on the Jury of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI). Avantika also runs a global consultancy that focuses on soft skills.
Roy Wadia is the Principal Director of Wadia Movietone, the pioneering Indian film studio founded by his grandfather JBH Wadia and perhaps best known for its films starring Fearless Nadia ("Hunterwali") and social dramas such as Mela (Dilip Kumar/Nargis) and Madhosh (Meena Kumari). Roy's late brother Riyad was the first openly gay Indian filmmaker who made India's first gay-themed film ("BOMgAY", 1996). Currently organizing the Wadia Movietone archives, Roy also works as a media, communications and NGO management consultant, with a focus on public health including HIV/AIDS, and with assignments for United Nations agencies including WHO and UNAIDS. Previously, Roy served 12 years at CNN International, where he helped launch and supervise much of its Asia news programming.