South Asia's First Borderless Digital Film Festival
Col Gopal Verma (Rtd)
Head – Administration : Logistics & Security
An alumnus of prestigious IIM Ahmedabad and Delhi University, Col Gopal Verma joined the Indian Army in 1987. A war veteran and one of the top bomb experts, he fought insurgents in North East and LTTE in Sri Lanka, and later took premature retirement from the army. He has a proven career record of more than 30 years in the areas of Administration, Maintenance, Operations, Logistics, Security Management, Supply Chain Management, Provision & Procurement and Human Resources Management with reputed organizations. Currently, Gopal pursues his interests in Arts and Music. Working with a French business partner, he has been promoting contemporary Indian artists abroad.
A widely travelled person with a vast range of interests including Urdu Shayari, Hindi poetry, Classical Music and Dance and Dramatics, Gopal has published few Hindi poems and loves to teach children as a hobby.
Head of Strategy
Sahil is the co-founder and managing partner of the Now Capital Group, a New Delhi based firm, which provides a unique combination of capital, strategy & operational management. The firm follows an ‘Invest and Build’ philosophy with investments and businesses in the
F&B and Media sectors.
Sahil has been a serial entrepreneur with ventures in LA, Canada and India. Sahil founded a Toronto based investment and consulting company, Rus Group, focussed on QSR franchises and fine dining restaurants in Canada. He conceptualised, managed and eventually sold - Masala Art, a fusion Indian restaurant in downtown Toronto.
Sahil started his entrepreneurial journey at 19 years old, as the founder and executive producer of Chai TV, a Los Angeles based media production company (absorbed by a Hollywood Studio).
Sahil holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Windsor (Canada). He was awarded the ‘Diversity Scholarship’ at INSEAD and was the winner of the ‘INSEAD Social Impact Entrepreneurship’ award.
Head of Communication
Supriti is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant based out of Bengaluru, India. Has written for US based magazine ‘CEO Diversity Leadership’ and co-authored a two-volume book titled ‘Urban Poverty Alleviation in India’. Was invited to speak at the UN, New York as part of UN Women’s Focal Group in Nov 2010 and during the World Diversity Leadership Summit in 2008. She taught Economics at India’s premier National Law School of India University in Bangalore and did research on micro-credit in Thailand and India.
Apart from her profession, since 1986, Supriti has organized 1000s of concerts of classical music and dance by renowned artists from India and Pakistan including Ustad Naseeruddin Sami, organized cinema classic screenings and invited renowned Directors & Actors of films to speak to the audience, designed and facilitated cinema appreciation courses for school and college students.
Head - Programming
Delhi-based Theatre Enthusiast, Casting Director, Corporate Trainer and a Life Coach, Vineet Chopra, co-founder of The Great Indian Storytellers, has 16 years of corporate exposure and 11 years of experience in acting, writing and direction. His spectrum of work includes Comedy, Drama, Satire and Absurd, along with as Program Manager in the corporate sector. Vineet has been involved with short movies, in Screenplay & Direction apart from his usual role of a Casting Director. His Theatre shows have been featured by HT, TOI and other leading print media. His group performs around 30 shows per year on an average, having performed within Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Vineet has special love for Photography, Travel and Music.
Bappaditya Roy Chowdhury
Head of Design
The first thing you notice about Bappaditya’s work is his palette of bold colours. It almost looks as though his artwork is ablaze. Then, the striking ‘abstract cubist’ influence kicks in. But look closer, and you find an assortment of styles. Among the bold abstracts, lie the subtle and more subdued landscapes. His creations are often a fusion. Nature and humanity presented in abstract forms.
Bappaditya believes in creating art that transcends the bounds of material and time, yet staying grounded in the realities of life. A paradox really, his work is fundamentally about people and the interpretation of their emotions in the deepest recesses of the psyche. An attempt to uncover the truth behind eyes that are open, yet impenetrable. His artwork is also often about women, and their myriad emotions and experiences as they voyage through life.
Bappaditya holds a BVA Degree from the Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship, Kolkata. He was awarded the Dilip Das Gupta Memorial Award from the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata in 2003.
Head of PR
Hema Upadhyay has 15 years of experience in PR management, handling PR for Film bodies, Films, Film Personalities, and Corporate firms related to entertainment industry & event. She’s heading PR firm 1H Media consultants, established in 2011, currently works closely handling PR & communications for IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association), IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association.
She also worked as the sole PR agency for FICCI Frames, International Film Festival of India
(IFFI) Goa, and handling PR of India Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival. She handles PR for many Bollywood Celebrities and films.
Coordinator – Planning & Strategy
Chintan has over 14 years of corporate experience. He is currently leading Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for a mid-sized IT company in Mumbai. His education (B.E. Computer Engineering) and work experience are a unique blend of technical expertise, social sector leadership and program management skills. He is extremely passionate about making a difference in the society and also walks his talk by leading an ethical lifestyle, which has been featured in multiple media articles over the years.
Monjurul Islam Megh
IVIFF Coordinator – Bangladesh
Writer, Poet, Painter, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Screen playwright, Filmmaker and Producer. Megh is owner of cineMaking, which is a production and International Distribution company based in Bangladesh. He is an Editor in Chief, online news portal www.wnewsbd.com and also Freelance consultant and distributor for International film festival worldwide.
He was a Festival Coordinator at Dhaka International Film Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), Communication Coordinator (Bangladesh) at SAARC Film Festival (2017, 2018), Festival Coordinator at 1st BIMSTEC Film Festival 2017. Megh wrote a book, made few short, documentary and Feature. He has won numerous awards for contribution in Films, Literature, Culture, and Social activities from home and abroad.
An alumni of Sainik School Ghorakhal, Abhishek Aggarwal is a law graduate and has also completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration having specialization in HR and Marketing. He is passionate about cultural values of India thus working towards strengthening and spreading our rich cultural & heritage values through one of India’s leading NGO – SPIC MACAY. His interest areas include social service and he has worked for World famous organizations such as Rotary International, serving as District Secretary for RID 3080. He also runs his own brand in beauty industry named as Padmaaksh Salon & Academy. A techie by passion, he handles technical for online programs for SPIC MACAY and now associated with SAFACH as Technical Head for its online Events.
Workshops & Programme Coordinator
A graduate from I.T.College, Lucknow University, Charu Sanan took an Acting course from FTII, Pune (under SKIFT) and a Diploma in acting from Moonlight Films and Theatre Studio, New Delhi. She attended a 3-month diploma course in film making from the Institute of Moving Images, Pune, that culminated in a 23 minutes short diploma film. She has also undertaken a Film Appreciation course conducted by NFAI, FTII Pune and DFF under SKIFT. Charu also trained in Kathak under Guru Parween Gangani.
Social Media Manager
Chirag has 2 years of experience in Digital domain. He holds Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from mumbai University. Currently working with Mumbai based IT company Eclerx Services Ltd.
He has interest in exploring new places and food along with books.
Geeta is working as a freelance Film Director & Producer in the Indian Film Industry. She has been writing, directing & producing Documentary Films and also working as an Associate Director for Feature Films in both Hindi & Odia. She is the proprietor of a production house named RAG Films.
Awarded at the National and International film festivals, a gold medalist in Geography with M.Phil Degree, and involved in works relating to Urban & Regional Planning; she has won National as well as International scholarships and awards at National seminars.
She has also been involved in projects conducted by ICCE & UNFCCC as well as UNICEF and Govt’s Health & Family Welfare Departments.
Sangeeta Bageshwar is a HR professional with 15 years of experience in the entire gamut of HR functions in various corporate houses. She also got opportunity to work with special kids for a few years to enhance her outlook of life.
Sangeeta has keen interest in self healing through Yoga and Naturopathy.
Coordinator - External Communications
Jayshree is currently working with eclerx as project manager in B2B. Being a movie buff
since childhood she has always been fond of all kinds of movies, star interactions.
She's a big foodie and enjoy reading books in her spare time. She also likes to watch cricket.
She is looking after our communications with all the partners, supporters, filmmakers and other stakeholders. She has also been responsible for managing and monitoring Social Media strategy in order to increase festival awareness, improve Marketing efforts for SAFACH.
Digital & Social Media Coordinator
Monika holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is currently pursuing Masters in the same, long distance. She worked for the musical band as Assistant Manager. Currently, working with a YouTube channel named "Wanderlust Born to Travel" as a Public Relation and Communication Executive, she also works on freelance basis with few Musicians and Bands in managing their social media or business generation. She has also been active with Cancer awareness activities at AIIMS, Delhi.
Her areas of special interest are Social Media, Public Relations, Content (Music, Fashion, Lifestyle, Movies and Books), Radio, Music Industry, Production and Event Management.
Suchandra is a video Editor, Specially focusing in the area of production and post production in audio visual medium. She has done Documentary films, worked as Assistant Director, Cinematographer and editor on Short films.
Her Hobbies include watching world cinema, video editing and drawing.
Social Media Graphics & Coordinator
Meenakshi Hans has completed her graduation in journalism (Hons) from Lady Sri Ram College for women. She is a freelance photographer. Presently she is working as a creative video producer.
Yellow colour with pink pinch in a blue tube with drop of sparkle. This is how she make graphics. and If it is motion that gives a blend of beauty. Meenakshi Hans is a minuscule graphic designer with substantial thought.
Lipika graduated in Graphic Design from Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon. After graduating, she interned with SPIC MACAY and Barry John Acting Studio.
This youngster who likes singing English pop songs and making new friends, has huge interest in photography and film-making. As Lipika puts it comically, she loves 'shooting' people as well as knowing their stories.
Social Media Associate
A fresh graduate in advertising and PR from IIMC, New Delhi, an avid reader, a self-taught painter and an art enthusiast. I have been a part of different theater groups. These days, she help people to make their image on social media.
She has been associated with SAFACH & IVIFF in handling its Social Media platforms.