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The Management Committee

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MR SHANTANU MISHRA
Chairman

Eminent Social Entrepreneur & Management Consultant.
Executive Trustee & Co-Founder of Smile Foundation, Film Producer.

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 JITENDRA MISHRA
Festival Director

Internationally acclaimed Filmmaker, Promoter & Curator.
President of CIFEJ – Int’l center of films for children & young people.

Jitendra Mishra is one of the few Indian film producers and promoters who have been able to create a benchmark in ‘Alternative method of Film Production, Distribution & Promotion’ at international level. Committed towards meaningful cinema, Jitendra has already been associated with the production, distribution and promotion of more than 110 films in different categories in various capacities. ‘The Last Color’, ‘Buried Seeds’, ‘Human OAK’, ‘Desires of the Heart’ and ‘I am Kalam’ are few among others. Many of them have got worldwide acclamation and recognition; The Last Color was selected for the contention list of Oscars 2019.

Awarded with the prestigious ‘Son of Odisha’, ‘Young Jury’, ‘Youth Icon’ and many other awards, Jitendra has been elected President of CIFEJ. Formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1955, CIFEJ is one of the oldest and largest global networks of media professionals working for children and young people. Jitendra has been representing SIFFCY – An initiative of Smile Foundation at CIFEJ since the festival’s inception. He has also been an active member of the prestigious Cannes Producers Network for last eight years and invited Jury to more than 40 international film festivals and forums as of now.

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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 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.

 
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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.”

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