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Our Esteemed Jury Panel


We feel proud to announce our first Jury Member. #MrAshrafShishir

Dear sir, We are glad to have you on board @ WLISFF!

Md. Ashraful Alam whose pen-name is Ashraf Shishir, is a National Award winning Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional, Script Writer, Poet, Story Writer, Human Rights Activists from Bangladesh. Educated in IT and law, he is the pioneer of the AECB film movement, a platform for the filmmakers to establish alternative show-case for better cinema with more than 20,000 members.
He is the founder and festival director of International Open Film Festival (IOFF) based on New York and Dhaka, which is one of the top reviewed festival surveyed by FilmFreeway. He is the jury of several international film festivals like Houston Cinemania Film Festival, Texas, USA and Red Rock Film Festival, Utah, USA. His latest work includes The Cart [GAARIWALA] 2015 (Script and direction, Recipient of prestigious Grant from the Govt. of Bangladesh and selected in more than 84 International Film Festivals in 28 Countries and won 26 International Awards from India, Chile, Italy, Spain and USA and 1 National Award), The Cage Bird, 2012 ( Director, documentary nominated in more than 15 International Film Festivals in 11 countries and Winner in USA). Published four books. Education: Masters in International Human Rights Law. His upcoming feature film titled "THE INNOCNCE (Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo)" and "THE INNER SOUND ( Gopon )" is already in post-production stage!

WLISFF feels proud to have Mr Samvartha 'Sahil' sir on-board as another member of our Jury Panel..

Samvartha 'Sahil' is an alumnus of JNU, Delhii where he did his M.Phil in Theater and Performance Studies and FTII, Pune where he was trained in film screenplay writing. 
Samvartha has worked as the associate director of the internationally acclaimed Kannada feature film Harikatha Prasanga directed by Ananya Kasaravalli, written dialogues for Road King, a yet to release Kannada feature film Randy Kent and worked on short films Khwab (Dir: Anadi Athaley) in the capacity of screenwriter which won several international awards, Sattvika (Dir: Pooraj Kapoor) as a script supervisor which won the Yes, I am the Change short film competition, Double Life (Dir: P.N. Ramachandra) as assistant director which was made for the National Museum of Indian Cinema. He has earlier worked as a script writer and concept editor for the documentary Bogaseyalli Maley (Kannada) on the Kannada poet, short story writer and lyricist Jayanth Kaikini which is directed by Nithin M.R. and is all set to be released.
Epil, a feature film in Mundaari to be directed by Shripraksh and written by Samvartha will be going on floor soon. Samvartha is currently co-writing and co-directing a documentary for the PSBT on mental health 
Samvartha has also been a columnist in Kannada for the Karavali Karnataka web-news-portal and the daily newspaper Kannada Prabha. His book of translated poems Rooparoopagalanu Daati has been just released and his book Missing Report (Kannada), a travel experience in Jammu and Kashmir during the 2016 uprising is soon to be released. Translation of Karnatakada Sufigalu by Rahamat Tarikere to English and Basharat Peer's Curfewed Nights to Kannada are his next projects in translation.

Anirban Datta, Born 1975, Kolkata, left Physics to become a full-time writer, thus began his screenwriting career before pursuing the Direction & Screenplay Writing course at Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata. His film school documentary Here is my nocturne (2004), was premiered in Indian Panorama, IFFI 2005 and screened at major Indian film festivals. Tetris, his diploma film from SRFTI was premiered in prestigious Cannes06 as the country’s only official selection and traveled to a numorous international festivals. After SRFTI he decided to pursue independent filmmaking. In this period he directed three and produced one documentary as commissioned or international co-production projects for a number of international public broadcasters of the likes of NHK (Japan), YLE (Finland), VPRO (The Netherlands) & Doordarshan, were screened over hundreds of international film festivals, got him three National Film Awards (Rajat Kamal) and a number of national & international awards and recognitions. Bhultir Khero/Chronicle of an Amnesiac, commissioned by Japanese public broadcaster NHK in 2007, been his first film after SRFTI. .in for motion is his second film, co-produced with Steps India and YLE Finland, and Jan Vrijman Fund, premiered in IDFA08, Amsterdam. In 2009 he was invited to Asiatica Filmmediale’06, Rome, alongside screening .in for motion, to make a short doc on Bengali community living in Rome titled 4/4minWasted, a 52 min documentary on waste and recycling was made under PSBT-FD Fellowship Program 2011. Wasted traveled to a number of international documentary festivals and was showcased in Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014-15 at the Artists Cinema section. He also produced a two hour-long feature documentary BOM/One day ahead of democracy (2011), directed by his brother Amlan, a co-production with NHK, Sundance documentary fund, Jan Vrijman. This project was successfully pitched at IDFA Forumthe biggest doc pitch forum in the world. Parallel to being a filmmaker, he is also a practicing visual artist and one of the founder member of the artists collective Kolkata Performers Independent (PI) and had collective shows with galleries like Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Studio 21Kolkata, Open Show International (Pune chapter), and Khoj Foundation Delhi. As part of Pi he is one of the minds behind Kolkata International Performance Art Festival KIPAF from its inception in 2013. He has an active interest in academics. He taught as asst. professor, Direction & Screenplay Dept., in Film & Television Institute of India, Pune (2012-13). He also briefly taught screenplay writing as a guest faculty at School of Animation Digital Asia in Kolkata in 2011. He alongside his partner Sanyukta actively takes filmmaking workshop for children under the banner HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/spacetimetrains/" Spacetime Trains. He also conducts audiovisual workshops/training courses for various other groups for different film media schools. He has also been the  co-ordinator and trainer for Yes Foundation’s Yes I Am The Change Workshop program in the Eastern India that aims at enabling young adults to professional quality digital filmmaking with available consumer end tools like mobile phones and PCs.

He Is presently working on a number of fiction and documentary film projects. Kalikshetra a feature documentary film for PSBT & Doordarshan (Indian national broadcaster) is in its final postproduction stage. Residual Spirits, a short documentary he is making for the Film & Television Institute of India is also in its post production. Pacman his debut fiction feature film is in scripting & preproduction stage. Shamans of the Street, a feature length documentary on the resurgence of performance art in India is supported by the Films Division, Govt. of India is in its research & scripting stage.

He has also served as a jury member, non-feature films section, for 56th Indian National Film Awards 2008. He currently works out of Delhi and Kolkata as a freelance writer, filmmaker & visual artist.

WLISFF feels proud to have Mr Mahesh V Patil sir on-board as another member of our Jury Panel. Dear Sir thanks you for accepting our offer.

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