Our Team

Niharika Singh

Niharika Singh is an accomplished theater and film personality. She is visiting expert faculty for acting with the National School of Drama (NSD) and has been head of acting faculty with Barry John Acting Studio. She has acted in and mentored a number of internationally acclaimed and award-winning films. She has her own film production house and has produced and directed a number of documentary films. As a psychologist, she brings a unique and valuable perspective to the performing arts. She is the founder member of the Society for Culture & Environment which organizes The Bhopal Literature and Art Festival every year in Bhopal.

MADHUMITA BARIK

A film actress and theater artiste from the National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory and Sri Ram Center for Performing Arts (SRC) Repertory. She obtained an MA in Theatre from the Department of Indian Theatre Panjab University, Chandigarh, and a Five Years Graduation course in Classical Music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She has worked in several films, serials, and web series like Kaun Kitna Paani Mein, I Didn’t Do It, Udta Punjab, Dongri ka Raja, The Tashkent Files, Shamshera, Manaska, Ao Chalo Gaon Mein, A Girl in the City, Bombay Begums, Serious Men, etc. for the past several years.

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.

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 International Film Festival The Hague, Aravali International Film Festival and Sheffield Global Cinema 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

Irfan Jaami

An award winning independent filmmaker from India, is known for his outstanding contributions to the world of cinema. His latest narrative short film, “LEMME TELL U,” was screened at various international film festivals across the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada. With a career spanning two decades, he has showcased his multifaceted talents as a director, screenwriter, lyricist, and editor with over 200 projects to his credit spanning various genres, including TV commercials, short films, telefilms, tele-series, video spots, corporate films, documentaries, and docudramas. He has also served as a visiting director for Ramoji Group’s Eenadu TV channel, and as the head of the audio-visual divisions for both Virgo TV and Mountain River Films, based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Khyati Rajvanshi

An alumna of Oxford Brookes, Oxford and Westminster, London, UK, Khyati Rajvanshi is Journalist, columnist, and producer with a deep passion for films and art.

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 International Film Festival The Hague, formerly The Hague Global Cinema Festival and Sheffield 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.

Sonu Shiva

She is a Professor of English in Dungar College, Bikaner, India. She has 25 yrs of teaching and research experience. She is a film critic and has traveled to Europe and Southeast Asia to deliver lectures. She has done a language assessment course from the University of Maryland and Baltimore County. Eleven scholars have completed PhD under her supervision. Her areas of interest are ELT, Diasporic literature, Film studies, gender studies.

Pooja Singh

Pooja Singh is an Indian journalist who has been active in the field of journalism for 24 years. She started her career in 2001 with Zee News’ program ‘India’s Most Wanted’. After starting her anchoring career with DD News, Pooja Singh has been associated with many media organizations, including DD National, Janmat Channel, MH One News, Aaj Tak, Sudarshan News and India News. Along with serving as an RJ on All India Radio, Pooja Singh has also lent her voice to the BBC, History Channel, National Geographic Channels. She has also acted in the film ‘Khalish’ and has anchored docudrama ‘The Kingmaker of The Mughal Empire’. These days her podcast ‘The Pooja Singh Podcast’ aka ‘PSP’ is in discussion in which she talks to celebrities from different fields.

Rogier van Beeck Calkoen

Rogier van Beeck Calkoen (writer, director) has trained in Prague, Italy and Los Angeles. He directed the award winning short “24/7 Fitness Club: set in nighttime Prague, the incredible World War II story “The Storykeeper”, shortlisted for the Hot Springs Documentary Award, and the documentary of the Czech Puppet master, Pavel Trülar. Last year he produced and directed in Málaga “Andersen and the Jinn”, leading the short film from an emerging script idea through post-production to festivals and distribution. Andersen and the Jinn won several awards at Film Festivals all over the world. Currently working on his new feature film called The Life Coach.

Aditya Patwardhan

Aditya Patwardhan is an award-winning film director and producer based in Los Angeles. He is amongst the few filmmakers who have produced and directed films in multiple foreign languages, and across a variety of genres. Though being from a Hindi and Marathi upbringing, he has directed projects in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Lithuanian. He is known for a wide array of acclaimed works, with 4 feature films, 2 documentaries, and numerous short films to his name. He has global exposure in filmmaking, having produced and directed projects in the United States, India, Baltic & Eastern Europe, South Korea, Colombia, and Venezuela. With a professional experience in feature filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, political campaigning, public speaking, and music, he heads the team at his film and media production start-up Mithraspect, based in Jaipur and Los Angeles.

Tahere Peyvaste

Tahere has more than 10 years of experience in the production and set design of Irani films. She is also associated with an Irani film distribution company for the past few years.

Umesh Sharma

He is a theater artist with a passion for fitness. He played a role in an international film “The Kingmaker of the Mughal Empire.” He acted in a recent Madhur Bhandarkar film “Babli Bouncer”. He was also a dialect coach for the lead actress in this film.

VINAY

An IT engineer with a passion for films

Harish Maharishi

“Harish Maharshi is a prominent artist who played a lead role in the Rajasthani film ‘Chimpudo’ and won the title of Mr. Talented in the 2023 Mr. Rajasthan competition. He is also a national-level dance performer and a theater artist. Harish Maharshi runs the ‘Deepa Music Factory’ YouTube channel. His Bollywood debut is happening in ‘Crazy for Dance 2’.”

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 Kingdom, United States, Malaysia and India. As the Festival Director of this event, his vision is to encourage, identify and showcase talent from the crowd and to support production value over budget.

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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