SIFFCY 2015, WINNER LIST

• BEST FEATURE FILM: “Birds of Passage”, Directed by “Yves Ringer, Olivier Ringer” & Produced by “Yves Ringer, Antoine Simkine” (France – Belgium)

• BEST DIRECTION: “Yury Feting” for “Celestial Camel”. (Russia)

• BEST ACTOR: “Ramesh & J. Vignesh” for “Kaakka Muttai” (India)

• BEST STORY: “Birds of Passage”, Directed by “Yves Ringer, Olivier Ringer”. (France – Belgium)

• FILM WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE: “Life in a Smoke”, Directed by “Gianluca Fratellini”(Italy)

• BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION): “Red Dream”, Directed by “Shahriar Pourseyedian” , Produced by “Iranian Youth Cinema Society” (IRAN)

• BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATION): “My Grandfather Was a cherry tree” , Directed by “Olga Poliektova and Tatiana Poliektova” (Russia)

• BEST STUDENT FILM : “Finding Ubuntu “, Directed By “Emily O’ryan” - “Films without borders” (UK)

The Idea Behind

We strongly believe that film represents much more than entertainment; this is the most powerful medium to depict the reality and emulate values. Film becomes an interesting and engaging alternative to stimulate discussion among young people about vital personal, societal, moral and world issues.

Children and youth are the future of any nation. If sensitized from the very beginning, they can be the best change agents, be it in their family or the community in which they live. But unfortunately, in today’s world, indifference is fast taking over the natural empathetic tendencies of young people. Dangerous addictions, loneliness, insecurity, violence and aggression have become the common traits of a teenager. Hence, it has become very important to channel the energy and enthusiasm of children and youth into a positive direction, by imbibing a conscious perspective and constructive value system in them.

The idea behind this initiative is to design a rich mix of film programmes to build and support the growing interest in the independent infotainment industry. This includes programming that cultivates an audience for World Cinema while supporting filmmakers in career development, so that this powerful medium can be explored in a more focused manner for disseminating serious yet effective social messages.

SIFFCY (Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth) is a special film platform devoted to a greater appreciation of world cinema which can bring change in the society by showcasing films with substance, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the pioneers and leaders of the entertainment industry, business executives, and by promoting the diverse perspectives of World Cinema.

It will cater to young people (aged 6 to 25) with just about every level of interest in film, whether to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things a stage further and find out more about a career in the film or television industry.

The first edition of the annual Film Festival will take place at the Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi, India during DEC 2015.

The festival will attract filmmakers, artists and audience members from across the globe. It will premiere 50 independent feature length films, short films and documentaries.

Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefitting over 300,000 children and their families every year, through 158 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in more than 700 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India.

Along with its intensive welfare projects on the ground, Smile Foundation has also adopted the model of Civic Driven Change, under which it continuously strives to sensitize the privileged mass of the country so that they come forward, take on the social problems of the country as personal challenges and fight them back.


For some time now, Smile Foundation has been deploying films, which are creative, innovative and are a balance of the right content and the right quality, as a medium in sensitizing the masses, and engaging them proactively in the process of initiating social change. It has forayed into producing films of all kinds – documentary, short & feature; and has been hugely successful, winning several awards for its endeavours in all the categories.


Smile Foundation has already produced more than 60 short films and documentaries besides a feature film titled ‘I AM KALAM’ which has received more than 30 international awards and a National Award. It has produced Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award-winning annual TV series ‘Choone Do Aasman’ with NDTV. Smile Foundation has also been organizing very successful festivals and workshops such as CFSI’s North East Film Festival and All India School Festival among others.

Smile Foundation now envisions taking these efforts to the next level through SIFFCY so that this powerful medium can be explored in a more focused manner for disseminating serious yet effective social messages.

Awards, Recognitions, Empanelment..


NGO Leadership & Excellence Award 2015 by ABP News

  • Best NGO (Skill Development) for 2014-15 by ASSOCHAM
  • ICAI CSR Award for the ‘Best CSR Project in Women Empowerment’
  • Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award 2014 by ABP News
  • Education Excellence Award 2013 by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ASSOCHAM)
  • Corporate Excellence Award for NGO Excellence 2013 by IPE (Institute of Public Enterprise)
  • Quality Initiative Mission Award 2013
  • Smile Foundation is an organisation in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations since 2012
  • Healthcare Leadership Award 2012
  • Represents India as nominated member of Together4Change Alliance
  • GE Healthcare - Modern Medicare Excellence Award
  • Asia-pacific Child Rights Awards
  • NTR Memorial Trust Award
  • Barclays Bank Chairman’s Awards
  • I Am Kalam - 23 National and International Awards at 40 prestigious film festivals

Empanelment & Accreditation

  • Empanelled with National CSR Hub at TISS, an initiative under Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
  • Accreditation with India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians, under the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India
  • Accredited as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India validated charity since 2012
  • Accredited as IRD-registered non-profit organisation with Guide Star
  • Listed as a member organisation with United Way Worldwide

Mr Jahnu Barua

10 times National award winner & Padma Bhushan awardee director
Known for – Tora, Mumbai cutting, Maine Gandhi ko nehi mara

Jahnu Barua is a multiple national and international award-winning Indian film director from Assam[1] He has directed a number of Assamese and Hindi films, and along with Bhabendra Nath Saikia was one of the pioneers of Assamese Art cinema. He is best known outside Assam for his Hindi film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, a drama which uses the principles of Gandhism for its thematic backstory...

Jahnu Baruah has received the following awards:
  • • Padma Bhushan in 2015
National Film Awards
  • • 2013: Best Feature Film in Assamese: Ajeyo
  • • 2012: Best Feature Film in Assamese: Baandhon
  • • 2003: Best Regional Film for Ride on the Rainbow
  • • 1999: Best Regional Film for And the River Flows
  • • 1998: Best Regional Film for The Price of Freedom
  • • 1995: Best Director for Xagoroloi Bohu Door
  • • 1992: Second Best Feature Film for Firingoti
  • • 1990: Best film on Environment for Bonani
  • • 1987: Best Film for Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai
  • • 1983: Best Regional Film for Aparoopa
Chicago International Film Festival
  • • 2005: Getz World Peace Prize for Xagoroloi Bohu Door
Brussels International Independent Film Festival
  • • 1996: Best Director for Xagoroloi Bohu Door
Fukuoka International Film Festival
  • • 2006 Kodak Vision Award for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
Fribourg International Film Festival
  • • 1996: Audience Award for Xagoroloi Bohu Door
  • • 1996: Award of the Pestalozzi Children's Village Foundation for Xagoroloi Bohu
Locarno International Film Festival
  • • 1988: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention for Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai
  • • 1988: Silver Leopard for Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai
Singapore International Film Festival
  • • 1996: International Fipresci Award for Xagoroloi Bohu Door
Mumbai International Film Festival
  • • 2005: International Fipresci Award for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
Sarhad (NGO)
  • • 2012: 1st Bhupen Hazarika National award
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Mr Santosh Sivan ASC, ISC

12 times National Award winner, Cinematographer & Director
Known for – Ashoka, Raavan, The terrorist, Dil se

Santosh Sivan is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor in Indian cinema.[2] Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India(FTII) and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India...

Sivan became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to be honoured with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won fiveNational Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received 11 National Film Awards for his work in various films.He was awarded the Padmashree by the president of India in the year 2014.

Santosh, a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in this country, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and went on to completing 45 features and 41 documentaries.

He was awarded the National Award for best Cinematographer for the films Perumthachan (Malayalam/1991), Kalapani (Malayalam / 1996), Mohiniyattam (Malayalam / 1991), Iruvar (Tamil/1998) and Dil Se.. (Hindi/1999).

Santosh was honoured by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He is a "mentor" to students for Mira Nair's "Maisha Film Lab: in Uganda and is a director to the Sivan Foundation of photography. He was also a governing council member at the Pune Film Institute.

As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the film Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Childrens' Film and Best Sound.

Mr Santosh Sivan has received the following awards:

12 times National Film Awards - India

Kerala State Film Awards
  • • 1992 – Aham – Best Cinematography (Colour)
  • • 1996 – Kalapani – Best Cinematography
  • • 2005 – Anandabhadram – Best Cinematography
  • • 1994 – Pavithram-best cinematography
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • • 1992 – Roja – Best Cinematography
  • • 1996 – Indira – Best Cinematography
Filmfare Awards
  • • 1999 – Dil Se.. – Best Cinematography
  • • 2001 – Halo – Critics Award for Best Movie
  • • 2002 – Asoka – Best Cinematography
Filmfare Awards South
  • • 1998 – Iruvar – Best Cinematographer – South
IIFA Awards
  • • 2002 – Asoka – IFFA Best Cinematographer Award
Star Screen Awards
  • • 2005 – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – Best Cinematography
Zee Cine Awards
  • • 2005 – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – Best Cinematography/li>
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Mr Tigmanshu Dhulia

National Award winning Director, Actor, Writer
Known for – Pan singh Tomar, Gangs of Wassepur, Haasil, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, Bandit Queen

Tigmanshu Dhulia is an Indian film dialogue writer, director, actor, screenwriter, producer and casting director known for his works in Hindi cinema and Television. He wrote the dialogues for the 1998 film Dil Se.., which was the first Bollywood film to chart in the UK top ten, and was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival...

His directing career has also garnered international recognition with the biographical film, Paan Singh Tomar premiered at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival. and the thriller drama Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.

Paan Singh Tomar eventually went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2012. Similarly, his sequel film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns had gained critical acclaim. He is also well known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Anurag Kashyap's modern cult film Gangs of Wasseypur. [10] Dhulia holds a Master's Degree in Theatre from the National School of Drama.

In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder, and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. Dhulia started his direction career, by assisting Pradip Krishen in Electric Moon (1992) and Ketan Mehta in Sardar (1993).

Thereafter he turned to television, thus during the 90s Dhulia directed and produced several television programs, including the six-part Krishna's Dream for UK Channel Four. Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991) was written for Doordarshan, and Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993), for BI Television, was set in an acting school. 1996's Just Mohabbat was the story of a boy's coming-of-age, and Naya Daur (1995) adapted a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV.

Dhulia's 1999 series Star Bestsellers, a sequence of six 45-minute short stories ("Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat", "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler", "Musafir", and "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool"), won him popular recognition. His 2005 comedyWho Dus Din, for Star TV, satirised the Indian film industry, while Ek Duje Ke Liye, produced the same year and also for Star TV, was an adaptation of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple. He also directed the TV serial 'Rajdhaani' for Starplus featuring Neha Dhupia.

He directed his first feature film, Haasil in 2003, a love story set among politicised students in northern India. The film was critically well received and has gained a cult following. Haasil was nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay.His second film Charas: A Joint Operation was a thriller concerning drug cartels, shot in marijuana-growing regions of Himachal Pradesh. In 2011, Tigmanshu has come up with two films – the first one being Shagird which released on 13 May and the second one was Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster

Dhulia's film Paan Singh Tomar released on 2 March 2012 and won him wide critical acclaim including National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He has announced four other upcoming projects, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), Milan Talkies, Jai Ramji, Bullet Raja, and Sultana Daku.

Recently he has been honoured with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Films & Video Studios.

In Spring 2013, Dhulia announced plans to produce a female oriented action film to be called Revolver Rani and to star Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das. According to Dhulia, it is a B grade entertainment movie and everybody will like it.

Mr Tigmanshu Dhulia has received the following awards: National Film Awards
  • • National Film Award for Best Feature Film – Paan Singh Tomar – Director – 2013
Filmfare Awards
  • • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay – Paan Singh Tomar – 2013
Stardust Awards
  • • Best Director – Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster – 2012
SAARC Film Festival
  • • Best Director – Paan Singh Tomar- June 2013
Honours
  • • Jury Member for India Film Project in 2013
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Mr Nagesh Kukunoor

National Award winning Director, Actor, Writer
Known for – Iqbal, Hyderabad Blues, Dhanak, Laxmi

A chemical engineer by profession, Nagesh Kukunoor gave up his lucrative career as an environmental consultant in Atlanta and using his personal savings wrote, produced, acted and directed his immensely successful debut film, Hyderabad Blues, which went on to become the largest grossing low budget Indian film in English.

Some of its box office records in India were astounding given the fact that the film was not what was traditionally defined as “commercial” in Indian filmdom. It ran to full houses for 31 weeks in Mumbai, 28 weeks in Hyderabad and 28 weeks in Bangalore. In addition, the film has been to several international festivals winning audience awards at the Peachtree International Film Festival in Atlanta and the Rhode Island Film Festival. With it’s commercial box-office success in India, Nagesh has created a new genre in Indian cinema - the indie film that breaks the traditional barrier of both commercial and art cinema.

Rockford, a coming of age story of any boarding school going kid, his second film also written and directed by him, follows the same style of film making- of telling empathetic stories that are real and everyday, as well as entertaining. Besides it’s tour of several film festivals, beginning with the Austin Film Festival in 1999, the film was also commercially successful, doing over 16 weeks of business in India.

Bollywood Calling, the filmmaker’s third film, stars Om Puri and Naveen Nischol in the lead. This film also had a very successful commercial run in India and other countries with Indian Diaspora.

His next film 3 Deewarein is another ‘genre bender’ on the Indian movie front combining elements of drama and mystery and boasting of an impressive star cast of Naseeruddin Shah and two of India’s biggest Hindi stars Jackie Shroff and Juhi Chawla. The film has been acclaimed critically in India and abroad. It also won the writer-director, Nagesh, a premier Indian award, Film Fare award, in the best original story category.

Hyderabad Blues-2 : Rearranged Marriage, the fifth film from the director, is a sequel to Hyderabad Blues, a film that started it all. Picking up six years from where it left off, HB2 also casts Nagesh in its lead.

Iqbal, featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Shreyas Talpade, is an inspiring story of a deaf mute boy from a small town in rural India who dreams of making it to the Indian cricket team. Released in 2005, the film was a huge box office success and has been included as mandatory reading in many middle school text books. This film won many awards for the director and acting awards for the cast.

Loosely based on a true incident, Nagesh’s next film ‘Dor’, starring Shreyas Talpade, Ayesha Takia, is a story of two women of different worlds coming together. This film received rave reviews, was a run away success at box office and screened at many international festivals.

His Bombay to Bangkok, again starring Shreyas Talpade and Lena Christensen, is a whacky romantic comedy released in early 2008. In 2009, shifting gears yet again, Nagesh tackled the action thriller genre about a man with the ability to see the past in 8 X 10 Tasveer starring Akshay Kumar.

Nagesh’s next film Aashayein opened in August of 2010 to rave reviews and tells the story of a man who learns to live life all over again when he realizes he has ninety days left to live.His next release Mod, is a romantic drama and tells the story of a lonely girl who runs a watch store in a small town in India and a stranger with a mysterious past shows up at her doorstep to have his watch repaired.

His last film Lakshmi is based on a harrowing true story of a girl who was sold into prostitution at 14, but who once rescued had the courage to sue her traffickers successfully in a landmark case in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The film has been to numerous festivals and has won numerous awards, primarily the Audience Award in Palm Springs for the Best Film, Best International Feature at the Toronto Reel World Film Festival and Best Director at the Stuttgart Indian Film Festival.His current film Dhanak (Rainbow) is the story of an eight-year old blind boy and his sister and the magical journey they take across the desert state of Rajasthan to get his eyesight back.

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Mr Resul Pookutty

Academy Award winner, and Padma Sree awardee Sound designer
Known for – Slumdog Millionaire, Highway, Ra One

Resul Pookutty is an Indian film sound designer, sound editor and mixer. He, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp won the oscars, Academy Award for Best Sound Mixingfor the film Slumdog Millionaire. He has worked in Hollywood, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam films. Pookutty moved to Mumbai after his graduation. He termed it as "a natural immigration as a graduate of the institute"...

He pointed out that "Ninety-five per cent of the technicians of the Mumbai film industry are alumni of FTII, Pune."[ Pookutty made his debut in sound design with the 1997 film Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One, directed by Rajat Kapoor. He got his big break with the critically acclaimed 2005 film Black, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He subsequently engineered sound for major productions like Musafir (2004), Zinda (2006), Traffic Signal (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Saawariya (2007) and Dus Kahaniyaan (2007).

Filmography

Musafir - Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja - slumdog millionaire - endhiran - Kochadaiiyaan - ankhon dekhi - Highway - Yaan - Blemished Light

Mr Resul Pookutty has received the following awards:
  • • 2012 : Zee Cine Award for Best Sound Design for his work in Ra.One.
  • • 2010 : National Film Award for Best Audiography for his work in Pazhassi Raja
  • • 2010 : Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) by Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
  • • 2010 : Padma Shri by Government of India
  • • 2009 : Asianet Film Awards - Special Honour Jury Award
  • • 2009 : Chakkulathamma Swaravarsha Award
  • • 2009 : Bahadoor Award
  • • 2009 : Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke for his work in Slumdog Millionaire.
  • • 2009 : BAFTA Award for Best Sound along with Glenn Freemantle, Richard Pryke, Tom Sayers and Ian Tapp for his work in Slumdog Millionaire.
  • • 2005 : Zee Cine Award for Best Audiography for his work in Musafir.
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Mr Hansal Mehta

National award winning Director
Known for – Shahid, Citylight, Raakh, Chaal

Hansal made his debut with Jayate (Victory, 1998), a languid tale on the Indian judiciary, medical malpractice and ordinary human lives in the city of Bombay. This was followed by the dark, tragic and funny Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (Don’t Take It To Heart, 2000), a film that reflected Hansal’s concern for the increasingly marginalized immigrants in the city of Bombay...

This film (and Hansal) ran into trouble with intolerant political parties in Bombay because of an innocuous section of dialog. While it was not a huge commercial success it met with equal amounts of appreciation and flak for its unconventional story about betrayal and innocence.

In 2003 the film was discovered in a glowing DVD review on Site and Sound magazine – a larger version of this review eventually found its way into an independent list of 46 underrated works of world cinema (Gentleman Magazine, India). Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar was followed by a breezy gangster film called Chhal (Deceit, 2001) which for reasons unknown to Hansal has been regarded as a cult film and has met with more praise than his previous film (his personal favorite).

Hansal’s early films reflected various subcultures that inhabit the culturally complex city of Bombay (now Mumbai). After these films Hansal made unsuccessful attempts at films that pandered to the mainstream sensibility while continuing to work with newer talents. Among these were the comedy Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai (What’s Happening, 2002), a gangster drama Raakh (Ashes, 2005), a short film in Dus Kahaniyaan (Ten Stories, 2007) and Woodstock Villa (2008).

Disappointed with his output and his attempts to make films that did not reflect his independent sensibilities, Hansal went on an extended sabbatical to explore social work, rural life and new stories. Shahid (2012) is the result of this soul searching mission and a return to roots for Hansal. Shahid is a deeply personal story that reflects Hansal’s anger and concern towards religious/class based/racial intolerance around the world. He calls it “an attempt to exorcise the demons of 2000 when I was attacked by intolerant political parties and was forced to remain silent out of fear for my life”. Shahid won Hansal Mehta the 61st National Award for Best Direction and its lead actor Rajkummar Rao the National Award for Best Actor.

Close on the heels of Shahid’s theatrical release in October 2013, Hansal Mehta teamed with Rajkummar Rao to make the acclaimed ‘Citylights’ (an official adaptation of the British Indie hit ‘Metro Manila’) for Fox star Studios and Mahesh Bhatt.

Hansal has also dabbled in television with India’s longest running food show, Khana Khazana and many other television series that were considered acclaimed for their non-conformist approach compared to the mainstream Indian television industry. In his spare time Hansal experiments with Indian cuisine and his home is regularly frequented by unsuspecting friends who are subjected to his culinary digressions. He also loves ranting through blogs and amateurish free-verse poetry on his website that is humbly called www.hansalmehta.com. The humble website also lists out some of Hansal’s more successful Indian recipes.

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Mr Ashok Rane

Eminent FILM CRITIC / RESEARCHER / FILM ACADEMICIAN
SCRIPT WRITER / FILM MAKER
DIRECTOR: INDIAN FILM ACADEMY (IFA)

Mr Rane has been writing on Indian and world cinema for all major Marathi & English newspaper and magazines, since 1977. Have been contributing for and also editing Film Society Journals and Catalogue of International Film Festival since 1980.

MEMBER OF JURY:

  1. Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival (10 times )
  2. Screen - Panasonic Award
  3. Dr.V.Shantaram Award
  4. Maharashtra Times Film Award
  5. ICE Film Festival of Short Films
  6. 54 National Film Award
  7. Mumbai International Film Festival for Short/Documentary
  8. Chair person, Indian Panorama 2011
  9. Banglore International Film festival 2012
  10. Moscow International Film Festival 2003, Russia
  11. Montreal World Film Festival 2008, Canada
  12. Rotterdam International Film Festival 2009, Netherlands
  13. Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Canada
  14. Busan International Film festival 2014, South Korea

MEMBER OF SELECTION COMMITTEE:

  1. Mumbai International Film Festival - MIFF
  2. Indian Panorama, International Film Festival of India
  3. Mumbai International Film Festival - MAMI Festival

MEMBER OF VARIOUS GOVT COMMITTEES:

  1. Grant in aid Committee of Govt of Maharashtra
  2. Advisory Sub Committee of Govt of India for National Film Archives of India.
  3. Advisory Committee of Kala Academy, Goa
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Mr Saibal Chatterjee

National award winning Film Critic , & Writer

A National Award-winning film critic and veteran editorial professional, Saibal Chatterjee has, worked on the staff of leading Indian news publications like The Telegraph, The Times of India, Outlook newsweekly and The Hindustan Times since 1984, His film reviews appear on www.ndtv.com and He works as an editorial consultant and columnist and writes on art,...

culture and cinema for various media outlets in India and abroad, including BBC online and the Sharjah-based newspaper, The Gulf Today. He has scripted three award-winning documentary films – Dream of a Dark Night, Harvest of Grief, and Dil Ki Basti Mein, all directed by filmmaker Anwar Jamal.He was a key member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema, published in 2003.
He is the author of Echoes and Eloquences, a book on the life and work of poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar.He co-edited a book titled Bollywood Hollywood – The Politics of Crossover Films.

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Ms Samina Mishra

Award winning filmmaker and writer

Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker and writer, based in New Delhi, with a special interest in media for and about children. Her films include Jagriti Yatra (2013), Two Lives (2007), The House on Gulmohar Avenue (2005) and Stories of Girlhood (2001).

She has also created a multi-media exhibition, Home and Away (2004) and written children's books published by Scholastic, Tulika, Young Zubaan, The Wisdom Tree and Penguin.

Her work has shown at festivals both in India and abroad including the Tri-Continental Film Festival, the Commonwealth Film Festival and the festival of the International Society of Electronic Arts.

She is the recipient of grants from the Charles Wallace Trust, British Council and Pro Helvetia. In 2010, she was awarded the Sea Change Residency by the Gaea Foundation, USA in recognition of her work across disciplines. She is currently heading the Nehru Learning Centre for Children and Youth and teaching a Film Studies programme at Pathways World School, Noida.

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Mr Utpal Borpujari

National award winning film Critic, Film Maker & Writer

National award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker, Utpal Borpujari has extensively written on cinema, politics, society, literature and culture, among other things, before turning a scriptwriter and filmmaker. He has worked as the Chief Assistant Director in the critically-acclaimed Hindi feature film "Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid", and independently produced award winning documentaries like Mayong,...

He has also been a script consultant to the bilingual feature film "As the River Flows" (Hindi) / "Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipaare" (Assamese) produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India. He has written scripts for several documentaries, including "Resurgent Manas" produced by the Ministry of External Affairs. As a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), he has served on several prestigious film juries.

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Mr Jitendra Mishra

Film maker & Consultant
Known for - I am Kalam, Desires of the Heart & Chausar

Having 13 years of intensive experience in film making and exposure to international film festivals, Mr Jitendra Mishra has already produced more than 100 short, documentaries, corporate and feature films. Many of them have received worldwide recognition. He has been the associate producer of award winning films ‘I am Kalam’, he has also co-produced award winning Hollywood film ‘Desires of the heart’...

He has picked up Sagar Sarhadi’s film ‘Chausar’ & Award winning film “Kajarya” for worldwide distribution. Mr Mishra has designed and implemented several international workshops and festival including first ever North East Film Festival for CFSI, he has also been served as a curator to many other International Film Festivals.

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Mr Santanu Mishra

Eminent Social Entrepreneur & Management consultant
Executive Trustee & Co-Founder of Smile Foundation

Mr Mishra is an associate member of ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) and an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). A law graduate, Mr. Mishra specialises in enterprise transformation, strategies and scaling up. He has also been the producer of award winning film “I am Kalam”...

He has always believed that meaningful cinemas can be used as a sensitization tool in order to create awareness india’s most pressing socio-economic challenges such as access to education, healthcare, livelihood and woman empowerment for millions of country’s underprivileged citizens.

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Mr Utpal Borpujari

National award winning film Critic, Film Maker & Writer

National award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker, Utpal Borpujari has extensively written on cinema, politics, society, literature and culture, among other things, before turning a scriptwriter and filmmaker. He has worked as the Chief Assistant Director in the critically-acclaimed Hindi feature film "Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid", and independently produced award winning documentaries like Mayong,...

He has also been a script consultant to the bilingual feature film "As the River Flows" (Hindi) / "Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipaare" (Assamese) produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India. He has written scripts for several documentaries, including "Resurgent Manas" produced by the Ministry of External Affairs. As a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), he has served on several prestigious film juries.

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Mr Saibal Chatterjee

National award winning Film Critic , & Writer

A National Award-winning film critic and veteran editorial professional, Saibal Chatterjee has, worked on the staff of leading Indian news publications like The Telegraph, The Times of India, Outlook newsweekly and The Hindustan Times since 1984, His film reviews appear on www.ndtv.com and He works as an editorial consultant and columnist and writes on art,...

culture and cinema for various media outlets in India and abroad, including BBC online and the Sharjah-based newspaper, The Gulf Today. He has scripted three award-winning documentary films – Dream of a Dark Night, Harvest of Grief, and Dil Ki Basti Mein, all directed by filmmaker Anwar Jamal.He was a key member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema, published in 2003.
He is the author of Echoes and Eloquences, a book on the life and work of poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar.He co-edited a book titled Bollywood Hollywood – The Politics of Crossover Films.

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Mr Jitendra Mishra

Film maker & Consultant
Known for - I am Kalam, Desires of the Heart & Chausar

Having 13 years of intensive experience in film making and exposure to international film festivals, Mr Jitendra Mishra has already produced more than 100 short, documentaries, corporate and feature films. Many of them have received worldwide recognition. He has been the associate producer of award winning films ‘I am Kalam’, he has also co-produced award winning Hollywood film ‘Desires of the heart’...

He has picked up Sagar Sarhadi’s film ‘Chausar’ & Award winning film “Kajarya” for worldwide distribution. Mr Mishra has designed and implemented several international workshops and festival including first ever North East Film Festival for CFSI, he has also been served as a curator to many other International Film Festivals.

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Mr. Sushilkumar Agrawal

Ultra Media & Entertainment Private Ltd.

Mr. Sushilkumar Agrawal, a first generation entrepreneur is the Chief Executive Officer of Ultra Media & Entertainment Private Ltd. A professionally managed Entertainment Conglomerate, Ultra currently provides end to end solutions for the Films & Television Industry globally. An MSC post-graduate, Sushil Kumar incorporated Ultra in 1983. Currently Ultra pioneers in the business of Copyrights Acquisition & Distribution of various media rights of Indian & International films, Television Programs, Animation & other content in various genres & languages.

Ultra has always been in the forefront in promoting children films. In the recent past the company has produced Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid, which had a successful theatrical run in India and had been screened in more than 10 International film festivals worldwide and won 3 prestigious awards. Ultra also had acquired & distributed a highly acclaimed film “ I am Kalaam”. The film along with being a great hit in theatres has also been screened in more than 25 International film festivals, winning 21 International and 1 national award. Recently Ultra acquired a title of 80 films from Children Films Society Of India. These titles will be shown by Ultra in various platforms in the immediate future. Ultra also had been acquiring many children centric feature films & animation series from overseas markets and dubbing them in various Indian languages for distribution in the Indian market. The Content library of Ultra also has a large number of well known children TV series like Raja and Rancho, Shaktiman etc. The company in the near future also plans to produce, distribute & import a number of children films

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Mr Nesar Ahemad

Eminent Lawer & ICS of India member

A fellow member of ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India).
He specialises in company secretarial services, corporate laws, business re-structuring, merger & amalgamation, merchant banking and legal matters. He was the President of ICSI and supporter of Smile Foundation.

Dr Ira Das Rajguru

Social entrepreneur, Eminent HR Consultant & writer
A Doctorate in Social Sciences with specialization in HR and Women Issues, has been working with HR dept. of Unicorp and subsequently worked as a HR consultant to Ingramico, Icons & V5 Global. Interested in writing, she has authored the book “Women and Education in Rajasthan.”

Smile Foundation made I am Kalam in 2010, inspired by the great visionary of our time, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Embodying his indomitable spirit, the film was an attempt to reach out to the country’s children and youth, and motivate them. Essentially, it was an extension of Dr. Kalam’s dream of “Igniting the Young Minds”. The movie got an overwhelming response, and went on to inspire millions not just in India, but across the world.

What followed was a realization of what a good film, with a powerful message can do – it can connect to people like nothing else, particularly children and youth with their impressionable minds. As Dr. Kalam’s ideas, his life and philosophy continue to inspire Smile Foundation, with SIFFCY it intends to continue with his mission of reaching out to as many children and youth as possible, and sow the seeds of change – of being better human beings, of being good citizens, in their minds and hearts. All through the creative audio-visual medium, making way for films of substance that can engage and inspire young minds across the globe.

I AM KALAM

‘I am Kalam’ is the story of a child and his struggles to pursue his dreams and to surpass the boundaries of reality. It is a story of redemption, of the need to provide education to the underclass and to equalize social inequities. Inspired by former Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the film was conceptualized after the Right to Education Act was enforced in India. Set in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the film revolves around the struggles of the protagonist – Chhotu, and is symbolic to the struggle of millions of such children in the country and how the civil society looks at the depravity but does not lift a finger to do anything about it.


I am Kalam is a Smile Foundation production and is the first film ever in India to be produced by a development organization. With this film Smile Foundation is trying to reach out to people around the world drawing their attention to support the movement of educating every child in India to secure a better future. It is a fact that in a world that is already exposed to extraordinary content, plain appeals do not stand a chance any more in grabbing attention. Keeping this in mind, Smile Foundation proactively took the initiative and the challenges therein to come up with a mainstream Bollywood film; and has tried to package a very important cause in a contemporary fable like manner in an attempt to reach out to the maximum number of people towards this cause.

The film has won 23 coveted national and international awards from the 40 prestigious film festivals that it travelled to, across the globe.


With its world cinema style, I am Kalam, has arrested the interest of the general audience, media and the film fraternity alike. The film is a proof that independent cinema in India, that is created with artistic content and reflecting the spirit of India in an entertaining way, has great potential of connecting with the world audience across all age groups.