Award Jury – 9th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival & Forum
The 9th Competitive edition of CMS VATAVARAN Award Jury Meet was held from August 28-30, 2017, 2017 at Residency Resorts Private Limited, New Delhi. An illustrious group of 12 personalities from cinema, film festivals, media, environment and wildlife sector was part of this award jury and selected awardees for the prestigious CMS VATAVARAN awards from the 113 nominated environment and wildlife films. The Jury was chaired by eminent film maker Mr. Govind Nilhani.
He started out as a cinematographer, graduating in cinematography from the Shree Jaya Chamrajendra polytechnic in Bangalore in 1962. He was an Assistant Cinematographer to the legendary V.K.Murthy.He was associated with all the earlier films of Shyam Benegal and with the cinematography of Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning epic Gandhi. Nihalani and Benegal are well known for their socially relevant films.
His first directorial venture was Aakrosh starring Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, the late Smita Patil and the late Amrish Puri. This was based on a real story which was converted into a film script by the eminent Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar and it made a huge impact on audiences all over India. It shared the Golden Peacock for best film at the International Film Festival of India held in New Delhi in 1981. His film Ardh Satya, based on a story by S.D. Panwalkar, is still remembered by film lovers. It changed forever the way in which Indian cinema portrayed the police and it exposed in stark detail the police-politician-criminal nexus. Come 1997, and he adapted Bengali novelist, Mahasweta Devi’s acclaimed novel by the same name to Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa.Over the years he has directed many films which are known for the manner in which they grab the viewer’s attention, and his most recent work includes the Marathi Film “Ti Ani Itar’ which is to be released in 2017.
She is the convenor of Vasundhara film festival. Which has been conducting the festival in Pune for 10 years and more and now also conducts it in 20 cities across Maharashtra and around.She is a patron of INTACH Pune after being its convenor for more than a decade. She is interested in Craft revival and helped the craft cluster in Pune of ‘Tambats’ launch a brand called “Coppre” through a social enterprise model. Arti is also the Executive Member of the `Kirloskar Foundation’ that has been conducting the ‘Clean and Beautiful School’ competition in and around Pune for the last 40 years. The Foundation has launched The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program in select schools in Pune and its vicinity. She is also the trustee of IFA- A Indian foundation of Arts which supports research and work on forgotten arts and new ways of looking at our visual culture.Arti is interested in Art, Photography, Theatre, Dance, Spirituality, Environment and Wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, reading, walking, yoga and traveling.
After studying cinema at the Film School in Paris, she directed documentary and short films, authored two books on Indian cinema and edited several others on film and television in Asia.
Her work has been honoured with national and international awards, such as the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2002) and the Italian Star of Solidarity (2004). In 1997 she received the Korea Prize from the Pusan Film Festival, in 2006 the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award from the Cinemanila Film Festival in the Philippines, in 2015 she received Lifetime Achievement awards at the Ahvaz Film Festival in Iran, Hawaii, Colombo, and Busan International Films Festivals; and various awards in India.
Her forte lies in setting up and establishing the corporate communications function, which she has now done successfully for over 20 years. Her roles in various organizations have led her to interplay with investor relations, brand and marketing communications, media and industry associations, sustainability and CSR besides employee engagement.Prior to joining SPN, Humsa has worked across industries such as automobiles, wind energy, paints & coatings and has been associated with companies such as AkzoNobel, Suzlon, Eicher group, RK Swamy BBDO and JWT, amongst others.
She has a BSc Honors degree in Biochemistry, with a specialization in immunology and molecular Biology and a Master’s degree in Communications, specializing in media management and film studies. Humsa enjoys architectural photography and travelling.
He is a recipient of the prestigious Whitley Award and the Whitley Continuation Award for his work on Giant Clams. He has also been awarded a global fellowship in Marine Conservation by the Duke University, USA. Deepak is a fellow of LEAD-India and International Visitors’ Programme (USA).
A well-received author, Deepak has to his credit five books and fifty scientific papers in prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Jour of Natural History, ZooKeys, Systematics and Biodiversity, JMBA (UK) and JBNHS. He is an accomplished underwater photographer with over 5000 hours of diving experience. Deepak is a member of several committees of the Government of India such as member of NBWL, Chairman of Environmental Appraisal Committee on CRZ and Infrastructure of MoEFCC and Member of Bird Control Committee of Ministry of Civil Aviation. He was also member of Forest Advisory Committee. He is member state wildlife boards of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar.
He is a member of both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh State Boards of Wildlife. He is a member of the First State Expert Appraisal Committee, Maharashtra and the Steering Committee of Madhya Pradesh Tiger Conservation Foundation. He has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2008 and is a Fellow of LEAD. After a Ph.D. from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, he went on to pursue Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the NCBS, Bengaluru. He is a large carnivore specialist with immense knowledge on predator-prey relationshipsA wildlife photographer of repute, his collection of over 300,000 images serves as an archival record of wildernesses of India. He is a Trustee of Conservation Wildlands Trust and The Climate Reality Project India.
Before joining EDN, Karuna had a 25 year long career at the US States Consulate General in Kolkata. Ms. Singh’s work has been recognized with several mentions and awards. In December 2016, she was named a ‘Humanist, Networker, Earth-protector’ by Sanctuary Asia
He has published extensively on water-environment-development issues and some of his co-authored/co-edited books include: 1) Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (forthcoming); 2) Water Conflicts in Northeast India; 3) Water Conflicts in India: A Million Revolts in the Making, 4) Sustainable Technology: Making Sardar Sarovar Project Viable; 5) Banking on Biomass: A New Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity Based on Renewable Energy and Dispersed Industrialisation; 6) Watershed Based Development: A Source Book; 7) Community-based Natural Resource Management: Issues and Cases from South Asia. He is the recipient of the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award for 2016.
Deeply committed to expanding and enriching children’s content in the region, in 2012 she founded Southasian Children’s Cinema Forum – a cross border network with partners from 7 countries. In her capacity as Creative Head of Children’s Film Society India (2010-12), Creative Director of Lennep Media (2012-14) and Going to School (2005-09), she has helmed the development and production of various award winning projects including Gattu, The World of Goopi and Bagha and UNICEF supported Girl Stars. In May 2016, Tata Sky launched India’s only dedicated world cinema channel for children – curated exclusively by her. She has curated and organized international children’s film festivals/ sections including International Children’s Film Festival of India, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival and Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth.
Monica has also been involved with the Indo-Pak peace movement with a special focus on children and youth. She is also the founder of Himmat, a woman’s collective formed by those widowed in the Gujarat carnage of 2002.