Our Team

Gioya Tuma-Waku

Gioya Tuma-Waku is an actress based in Los Angeles. She was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her love of performance started at an early age and by age 10 she knew that her passion and future lay in Acting. Her performance in the film Pink Lemonade has gotten her a a nomination as Best Actress Semi Finalist for the Olympic Film Festival as well as a nomination for Best Actress for the LA Film Awards. She also won Honorable Mention Actress in in an Indie Film for Pink Lemonade at the Los Angeles Film Awards.

Marianna Giacomel

She was born and lived in Italy where she studied foreign literature. In 2018 she moved to The Hague with her family. Lover of reading, visual arts and music, especially jazz. “Working for The Hague Global Cinema Festival and Alwar International Film Festival gives me the opportunity to combine my passion for films with being part of a team in an environment that highlights the multiculturalism, a characteristic of The Hague, the city where I chose to live and where I want to play an active role.”

Sunita Rajvanshi

A Mathematician with a degree from IIT, Roorkee, India and a Mixed Media Artist. With a passion for art, she attained a diploma in Fine Arts from Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University, India and has participated in various art exhibitions across India, Middle East and Europe for charity purposes. She loves to watch all types of films and is a passionate critique. She also believes that movies shape our lives.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube : @SunRajArts

Khyati Rajvanshi

Khyati Rajvanshi is an Assistant Output Editor and Researcher at New Delhi Television Limited. She helps edit and produce the Prime Time shows in NDTV 24×7. With a degree in Film Studies and Communications (BA Honors Oxford Brookes University) and Masters in Multimedia Journalism (University of Westminster), she is a film buff and loves to critique films.


A versatile internationally recognised singer, artiste and anchor
She is a creative artiste, singer, anchor, performer, actress, model for the last 20 years. Performed in stage and TV shows spanning across music, theatre, debate, quiz, dance, and anchoring shows in various countries. She is a versatile vocal artist of Classical, Bollywood and Western genres of Jazz, Pop, Soul, Soft Rock. Trained in Indian classical music under Late Vidusi Srimati Shipra Bose, known as Bengal’s Begum Akhtar. Trained in Western vocal music under Teiron Jones. Performed in Kolkata, with Sumit Roy’s English band at various clubs and shows. Performed with Chronic Blues Band in Bangalore. Performed in Hindi, Bengali and English for various community cultural programmes in  different countries. Anchored shows for Bollywood music director Pritam , Shankar Ehsaan Loy show, Imran Khan music show, and a number of corporate events . Acted in various plays in Bengali, Hindi, English and in dance performances in Kolkata, Dubai, Doha, Bangalore, and Muscat.

Keyuri Shah

She is a known Bollywood actress based in Mumbai with around 2 dozen films to her credit. She started as a theater artiste and has done many short films, commercials, fashion modelling for many brands and print shoots. She has acted as a lead actress  in a number of regional language feature films in India.

Suzanne Banning

Suzanne Banning is an award-winning artist who is mostly known for her self-portraits. Her medium, among other things, is “Experimental Photography”, as she calls it. She creates her work during performance-like sessions in which she devises an alternative world and plays various roles, drawing inspiration from poetry, novels, movies and a variety of Mythology (including Greek, Roman, & Hawaiian Mythology). During her photo shoots she uses photos and movies to add color and depth, thus creating a sense of space. To fuel herself she uses music, her most important muse being Tori Amos. This way, Banning’s work combines her love for Visual Art, Literature, Film and Music. Her work has been shown in 8 countries around the world in 5 solo shows and 75 group-exhibitions curated by Connie Butler, Dan Cameron, Andrea Karnes, Dominique Molon, Marysol Nieves, James Rondeau, among others. Her work is part of the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi (USA) and has been acquired by 29 Private Collectors.

Irfan Jaami

He is a Bollywood Director with around 15 years’ experience of directing over 100 projects of a variety of genres. Projects range from TV commercials , Tele-films , Tele-series , Video spots , Corporate Films, documentaries to independent short films. He has also penned down Lyrics for an international Album ‘ Colours of peace ‘ .

Shalini Gupta

A doctorate in Economics Shalini is a versatile self taught Indian artist based in Muscat, Oman. To her Art is for self discovery, nature and social awareness. She has exhibited her art work in many countries like Brunei, Oman, Russia, Indonesia, Uganda.and Dubai. She is a poet , good orator and dancer.

Anil Ballani

Anil Ballani is a director based in Mumbai, have experience of twenty years in Film and Television. Started his career from Indias Most Wanted, till date directed around 2000 episodes of different genre in TV Media that includes Documentary, Daily Soap, and commercials,…Apart from also directed commercial hit movie Ishq Click and critically acclaimed filmRakhtbeej. His upcoming project is another feature film that will release next year.

Scott Blum

Scott has a passion for enjoying films of all sorts in particular those with “a message that makes him ponder and think”. His involvement in the Hague Global Cinema Festival is as a film-goer and he is mightily impressed by the innovation and the sheer quality of all of the films that are submitted.

Scott has lived and worked overseas, he has travelled extensively, and now resides in the UK where he is enjoying life.

Marius Gruson

Marius was born in Germany and is a political science student. He has a lot of interest in exploring different cultures by watching foreign movies. Among his other interests are history, politics, anthropology and travelling.

Hanna Mitra

Hanna is a movie lover. During her working time in the early nineties, she got an exposure to  the art of filmmaking  as a  client of a  film project about HIV positive people living with AIDS. Later she had the opportunity to become a program maker for local television in The Hague. She  joined courses in television programs making in the national studios of the Netherlands, Hilversum where she graduated  in production and editorial. She was  noticed and was asked to do the editorial for a television program on suicide among Hindustani girls in The Netherlands. The program was a hit. She was also made a  program for local television on this subject.  After more then 10 years she got the opportunity to work in The Hague Global Cinema Festival and be one of the judges. “It is really nice to have seen so many people’s work and it was very difficult to select the best of it”, she says.

Safdar Zaidi

Safdar Zaidi is an author of 3 novels. He loves to write and travel. He is an ardent film watcher and critique. He lives in The Hague.

Kamalpreet Mongia

She lives in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman with a passion for self care and beauty pageants. She is the winner of Mrs India Empress of the Nation Runner up 2019; Popular Mrs India Empress of the Nation 2019; Best Dressed Mrs India Empress of the Nation 2019 and Ms Magnificent 2018. “Always believe in your dreams. Never ever doubt your abilities without ever trying. Let those dreams keep coming in your sleep and start working towards them while you are awake. Opportunities will always keep knocking on your doorstep, you should know which ones to welcome home and make them your own.”, she says.

Manil Mayank Mishra

He is an actor for the past 12 Years. He worked with famous Bollywood celebrity Shahrukh Khan in advertising films. As an actor he has several films to his credit like No One Killed Jessica, Fitoor, Talwaar, Bhanwarey, Fukrey 2. He is working in a web series called The Family Man with another famous Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee. Another famous web series available on Amazon Prime is “Rasbhari”. He also acted in “Axone” a film on Netflix. He worked in “Dreamz”, a Hollywood film. In addition, he has been working in a variety of TV serials for Doordarshan, Urdu Zee TV and Star Plus. He has rich experience of teaching acting courses with Mukesh Chhabra Casting company and National Institute of Fashion Technology.
He is the founder of a prestigious production house named as Shahjahanpur Prosceniums LLP. He has a role of Creative Associate in our team.

Musharraf Alam Zauqui

Musharraf Alam Zauqui is a renowned writer who has more than 150 books to his credit. He is in the field of writing scripts and screenplays of films for more than 35 years. He had been the mentor of some of the most successful film celebrities in the Bollywood. He has been honoured with several awards in India and abroad.

Arash Mashverat

He is a well know director, editor, writer and producer from Iran. He has studied Film Direction and Screen Writing from prestigious film institutes with Asghar Farhadi, the winner of two Oscars. He has dozens of short films, feature films and TV programs to his credit as actor, editor, sound designer and scene manager from various countries including Iran, Sweden, Spain, Germany, India, Australia, and the United States.

Avnish Rajvanshi

“An Oil/Gas Producer by Profession and A Filmmaker by Passion”

From the oil production fields of Middle East and Europe, Avnish Rajvanshi ventured into the field of filmmaking with his first film ‘The Kingmaker of the Mughal Empire’ which won international awards and accolades. With three more film production projects in the pipeline, he is also organising film festivals in The Netherlands, United States, Malaysia and India. As the Festival Director of this event, his vision is to encourage, identify and showcase cultural diversity and promote tourism along the Aravalli hills in India.

Additional Background: With a distinguished career behind with majors like Shell International, he holds a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology IIT(ISM), India, with management certification from Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom; University of Texas at Austin, United States and Shell Project Academy, The Netherlands.

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