Our Team

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


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.

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 ‘ .

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

“She brings with her 20 years of experience in the field of TV Journalism and Movie Making. She has had an illustrious career which saw her taking on various roles of Producer, Director, RJ, Anchor, Actor and many more.”

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.


An IT engineer with a passion for films

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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