Juries

ICAFF 2021 Jury Panel

MOHAN DAS (CHIEF JURY)

Award Winning Writer , Director and Producer

  • Honorary Doctorate for Humanity & Peace by ITMUT, Brazil.
  • Writer, Director, Producer & Journalist.
  • Publisher & Editor in Chief LABELS INDIA magazine.
  • Jury – Penzance (UK) Film Festival, K Asif Film Fest, Cotton City, Nilofer-E-Abi, Bollywood and many more International Film Festivals.
  • The organizer of Lakecity, Ayodhya & Karnavati International Film Festival.
  • Started his career as Asst. Director with Legendary Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Tapan Sinha.
  • Associate Producer of IFFI 97 Opening film DAUGHTERS OF THIS CENTURY.

GURUDUTT SONSURKAR (JURY)

Writer, Director, Film Critic, Art Director.

  • Vice President 9XM & 9X Jhakkas, Content Selector for Amazon Prime Marathi Cinema.

  • Abby & AAAI Award winner for Coca-Cola & Indian Idol Advertise Campaign.

  • Koimoi.com Creation and Publisher.

  • Spotboy.com Creation and Product Head.

  • Author of Yadon ka Gulmohar, Parambya, Ajgar & Varkh.

RAJEEV SHANKAR GOHIL (JURY)

Independent Film Director, Cinematographer & Screenplay Writer

  • Worked as Assistant Director with Saeed Mirza for ‘Saleem Langade Pe Mat Ro’, ‘Naseem’, ‘Nukkad’ and Many more Films and TV Serials.
  • Started his Career as Documentary Filmmaker in 1994 and Made 180 Documentary Films, He had Won many Awards for National and International Broadcast.
  • Lecturer – CINEMA & VIDEO in the Centre for the Audio-Visual Studies Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication Bhopal for 8 years.
  • Worked as Professor for Direction and Cinematography Dept at Jagran Lakecity University.
  • Still works as a guest faculty for Film and Video in many Universities for Film and Broadcast courses.
  • He has translated different types of material from world literature.

USHA DESHPANDE (JURY)

Independent Film Director, Writer & Producer Graduate of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune - (Film Direction & Screenplay Writing)

  • Producer, Director and Writer of Gulzar, Khayal, Song of Silence,
    Heritage of Faith, Changing Face of Chor Bazaar and Many More Short
    Films Documentary Films, Promotional Films and Television Program
  • Currently making a film on Devika Rani, The first Lady of Indian
    Cinema.
  • President of Indian Documentary Producers’
    Association. (2018 to 2020)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for Mumbai
    International Film Festival for Documentaries and short films
    (MIFF 2020)
  • Written many articles for prestigious publications. Won the Best Book of the Year award from Sahitya Parishad.

RITESH TAKSANDE (JURY)

Film Maker, Media Educator, Editor

Director at My First Film Organization

The program director at www.myfirstfilm.org

Worked in- 
Disney’s Planes II – Fire and Rescues (Feature Film) – Sequence

Producer • Shaktimaan – The Animated (TV – Series Season 1)

Course Director for Film Orientation Courses

Mobile Journalism Courses at SKIFT Intiative by FTII.

ICAFF 2020 Jury Panel

MOHAN DAS (CHIEF JURY)

Award Winning Writer , Director and Producer

  • Honorary Doctorate for Humanity & Peace by ITMUT, Brazil.
  • Writer, Director, Producer & Journalist.
  • Publisher & Editor in Chief LABELS INDIA magazine.
  • Jury – Penzance (UK) Film Festival, K Asif Film Fest, Cotton City, Nilofer-E-Abi, Bollywood and many more International Film Festivals.
  • The organizer of Lakecity, Ayodhya & Karnavati International Film Festival.
  • Started his career as Asst. Director with Legendary Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Tapan Sinha.
  • Associate Producer of IFFI 97 Opening film DAUGHTERS OF THIS CENTURY.

AVINASH DAS (JURY)

Film Writer, Director, Poet & Journalist

Writer-Director of Anarkali of Aarah (Feature Film)

Director of She (Netflix web series)

Worked for Satyamev Jayate as Correspondent

The writer of Mohalla Live – Blog

Former Output Editor at NDTV

Former Editor of Dainik Bhaskar and Prabhat Khabar

RITESH TAKSANDE (JURY)

Film Maker, Media Educator, Editor

Director at My First Film Organization

The program director at www.myfirstfilm.org

Worked in- 
Disney’s Planes II – Fire and Rescues (Feature Film) – Sequence

Producer • Shaktimaan – The Animated (TV – Series Season 1)

Course Director for Film Orientation Courses

Mobile Journalism Courses at SKIFT Intiative by FTII.

VAIDEHI SANCHETI (JURY)

Screenplay Writer

FTII alumnus, Vaidehi Sancheti is a screenplay writer. She has been conducting Screenplay Writing workshops for the last 5 years in and outside FTII.
Vaidehi is a dedicated teacher with a deep relationship with films and filmmaking.
She considers herself a student of cinema.
She is the founder member of BYQA.INK an organization that promotes content created by women and queer.

Country Focus Cinema of Iran Jury Panel 2020

AJAY DHOKE

Ajay Dhoke is a Government Officer. He is working as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax in Pune. His main interest is in arts and culture. He has been Organized Four Buddhist International Film Festivals at Nagpur and Pune. He has been mentoring new talented young filmmakers coming from grassroots. His team’s first film Kastoori – The Musk has been selected for MAMI, Sydney, Norway, Indo German Film Festival and New York International Film festival 2020. The Film has been released recently online on moviesaints.com & Kastoori Won National Award in 2020 .

DR. PRADNYAWANT DEOLEKAR

Dr. Pradnyavant Deolekar is medical practitioner. But apart from his profession, art is his passion. He is a skilled painter and Also a good critics of films. He analyse films very accurately and present his views. He studied deeply in literature and cinema.

Cine Quiz Jury 2020

GURUDUTT SONSURKAR

Writer, Director, Film Critic, Art Director.

  • Vice President 9XM & 9X Jhakkas, Content Selector for Amazon Prime Marathi Cinema.

  • Abby & AAAI Award winner for Coca-Cola & Indian Idol Advertise Campaign.

  • Koimoi.com Creation and Publisher.

  • Spotboy.com Creation and Product Head.

  • Author of Yadon ka Gulmohar, Parambya, Ajgar & Varkh.

ICAFF 2019 Jury Panel

MOHAN DAS (CHIEF JURY)

Award Winning Writer , Director and Producer

  • Honorary Doctorate for Humanity & Peace by ITMUT, Brazil.
  • Writer, Director, Producer & Journalist.
  • Publisher & Editor in Chief LABELS INDIA magazine.
  • Jury – Penzance (UK) Film Festival, K Asif Film Fest, Cotton City, Nilofer-E-Abi, Bollywood and many more International Film Festivals.
  • The organizer of Lakecity, Ayodhya & Karnavati International Film Festival.
  • Started his career as Asst. Director with Legendary Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Tapan Sinha.
  • Associate Producer of IFFI 97 Opening film DAUGHTERS OF THIS CENTURY.

USHA DESHPANDE (JURY)

Independent Film Director, Writer & Producer Graduate of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune - (Film Direction & Screenplay Writing)

  • Producer, Director and Writer of Gulzar, Khayal, Song of Silence,
    Heritage of Faith, Changing Face of Chor Bazaar and Many More Short
    Films Documentary Films, Promotional Films and Television Program
  • Currently making a film on Devika Rani, The first Lady of Indian
    Cinema.
  • President of Indian Documentary Producers’
    Association. (2018 to 2020)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for Mumbai
    International Film Festival for Documentaries and short films
    (MIFF 2020)
  • Written many articles for prestigious publications. Won the Best Book of the Year award from Sahitya Parishad.