Arun Gupta is Head of Dept. and Senior Faculty in the Dept. of Film & Video at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. He has been teaching at NID for seventeen years and the courses he conducts include Scriptwriting, Direction and Film Appreciation. He organized the much-acclaimed Alpavirama South Asian Short & Documentary Film Festival in 2011, and is currently working on its next edition scheduled for September, 2014. He is also completing a book on Bollywood Villains. In 2007 he was in Doha, Qatar, as a member of the International Jury at the AlJazeera International Documentary Film Festival.He has conducted popular short-term workshops in Scriptwriting and Film Appreciation throughout India, with students, professionals and amateurs.Before NID, Prof. Gupta worked in the Indian television industry for ten years, including in TV channels like Zee TV and Home TV. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Delhi and a PG Diploma in Direction from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. He lives with his wife Shashi, who is an author and a filmmaker.
Tashi Gyeltshen has worked as a journalist before delving into films. He wrote and directed a short film “Girl With a Red Sky”, produced by Youth Development Fund, Bhutan and UNICEF. He also made a short called “A Forgotten Story” which screened in Beskop Tshechu 2011 and in film festivals in Canada and Hungary. Tashi worked as an assistant director in a film production company in Bangkok, Thailand for few months. Otherwise, he is self-taught. He is currently planning his first feature.
Delphine Jeanneret has worked as a programmer at Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF), since 2011, she also curates the short films selection. She is also part of the selection committee and together with the artistic director, she chooses films for the official selection, programs the sides sections with him and travels to other festivals to find new film currents in contemporary cinema. As the short film programmer, she looks for films from Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe for the three short films programs. She is also coordinating the FIFF Forum (conferences and workshops for film professional). In 2010, she was in charge of the school program for the festival. Besides her work at FIFF, she is part of the selection committee at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) since 2008 and programs a series of conferences on the digital image for Imaging The Future (ITF) symposium since 2010. At the end of her studies at University in 2005, she started to collaborate curating films in an independent cinema in Lausanne (Zinéma) and is still involved in the project today.
Karma Tshering is the promoter of MPC Bhutan Entertainment is one of Bhutan’s first artists trained in the field of filmmaking from film institutes in India, Japan and USA. He is also one of the founding members and the former Vice President of the Motion Pictures Association of Bhutan (MPAB). He has coordinated and been jury member several times for the National Film Awards. He is the recipient of the very first “Best Film Director Award” for the film “Chepai Bu” during the first National Film Awards in 2001, followed by another “Best Film Director Award” for the film “6 Boys” based on a true story in 2002. From 2004 to 2008, he has worked as the “Director of Production” in a five year “Sacred Dance Research and Documentation Project” (Core of Culture) under “The Dragon’s Gift Project” a collaboration project between Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii USA. Karma’s latest work was the conceptualization and publication of a tribute book dedicated to the Fourth King of Bhutan titled 11-11-11 under Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s auspices. Bhutanese feature film “Karma, the destiny” is his latest film project in 2013.
Aditi Chitre is an artist exploring storytelling through the medium of animation filmmaking. Two years after training as a painter at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, she embarked upon the adventure of learning animation through practice, and made her first animated short film “The Mall On Top Of My House” in 2006. “Journey to Nagaland” is her second film. Through her collaborations with documentary filmmakers, she also engages with the narrative fusion of live action and animation. She enjoys sharing her adventures with the medium by conducting workshops for young folks.