Our Team

Jim Rygiel

Stephen Castor

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.

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 Aravali 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.

Kamalika

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.

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 ‘ .

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.

Sonu Shiva

She is an Associate 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.

Alimohammad Eghbaldar

Is an Iranian award winner filmmaker with more than a dozen films to his credit. He also serves on the panel of judges of some other international film festivals. He is CEO and Founder of IRAN FILM PORT (An Iranian Films Agency & Distribution Company.

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.”

Vrunda Nathwani

She is a theater artiste and classical dancer. She has a  theater group V-Dramatics which has done several successful shows in Ahmedabad.

Haresh Vyas

Alumni of prestigious Film & Television Institute of India (FTII-Pune); worked in the Bollywood for 10 years and then moved to Mauritius to join Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation as Advisor to the Director General. Also held post of Director in an advertising company of Mauritius. Currently he is the head of a brand Agency located in Mauritius and India.

Amit Tyagi

An alumnus of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune; worked as the Dean (Films) in FTII; commissioned and launched Terrestrial Television in Uganda – East Africa, More than 30 years of experience in Films & Television industry as Editor, Director, Script Writer and Executive Producer. At Present he is Associate Director at MIT School of Film & Television, Pune, India.

Subhash Agrawal

A former State Film Promotion Policy Committee member of Uttarakhand, Subhash Agrawal is an alumnus of the prestigious FTII, Pune with several academic qualifications including a Ph.D. with three Master’s and many diplomas. With over 30 years of Bollywood experience. he is a well-known writer, director, journalist, recording engineer, producer and researcher

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.

Yashrajsinh Gohil ‘bapu’ (Yash Bapu)

He is the national general secretary of the Film Entertainment and Television Association (FENTA); educated in management, mythology and science, he is associated with several international organizations like UNESCO and has led several campaigns related to world peace and environment protection. He is passionate about the art of cinema and organizes fashion shows, promotes the culture and heritage of Gujarat through his affiliations.

 

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.

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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