TEAM IFI

Manoj Srivastava, Former CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa headed IFFI Goa between 2008-2012 for Government of Goa. He now heads Jagran Film Festival, the largest travelling film festival in the world, organized in 16 cities of India, over a period of 100 days. He is a Founder Member of Extravagant India Film Festival-Paris and Indian Film Festival- Georgia. In the past he was a Deputy Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Government of India and headed National Film Awards, Indian Panorama, Cultural Exchange Programmes. His book Wide Angle: History of Indian Cinema is a highly respected work on Cinema. 

He has curated film programmes for International Film Festivals and prestigious organizations like the British Film Institute, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art-Dubai and New York, Lincoln Centre etc. He has served on various International Film Juries and worked closely with Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, Fribourg, Sydney, Shanghai, Pusan Digital, Cairo, Johannesburg, Innsbruck and many other film festivals. 

Connected with over 10,000 film professionals worldwide, he is also a Film Producer and manages a library with over 1,000 titles. He is trying to bridge the gap between Content Creators and Film Festivals.

Saibal Chatterjee is a national award-winning film critic, screenwriter and editor. Starting his journalistic career in 1984 on the news desk of The Telegraph, Kolkata, he moved to New Delhi in 1990 to join The Times of India. He was a part of the editorial team that launched Outlook magazine in 1995. Currently, he is a senior editorial consultant with Financial Chronicle.

His film reviews appear on ndtv.com. He also reviews Hindi films for Press Trust of India (PTI). Over the past two decades, he has covered numerous major international film festivals and entertainment industry events in Cannes, Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi.


He has scripted three award-winning documentary films – Dream of a Dark Night, Harvest of Grief, and Dil Ki Basti Mein, all directed by filmmaker Anwar Jamal.

He was a key member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema, published in 2003. He is the author of Echoes and Eloquences, a book on the life and work of poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar. He co-edited a book titled Bollywood Hollywood – The Politics of Crossover Films, published by Vani Prakashan.

He works as an editorial consultant and columnist and writes on art, culture and cinema for various media outlets in India and abroad, including BBC online and the Sharjah-based newspaper, The Gulf Today.

Manjula Shirodkar nee Negi is a published author and film critic who has served journalism for over two decades. A post-graduate in English Literature from Delhi University, Manjulaa began her career with electronic media, but shifted to print and has since worked with international and national newspapers and magazines including the erstwhile Cinemaya – the only journal of its kind on Asian Cinema; as Asst. Editor with Hindustan Times; as Senior Editor for Lucknow, Kanpur and Banaras editions of the Times of India and as News Editor with Deccan Herald. 

She has been Managing Director, Woodpecker International Film Festival and a Contributing Editor@thehoot.org. She also worked as Consultant Editor, Osian’s Cinefan International Film Festival. As film
correspondent she has covered national and International film festivals – including the International Film Festival of India, Mumbai International Film Festival and the world’s largest Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France over the years. Currently, Manjulaa is on the Film Selection Committee of Jagran Film Festival – India’s biggest film festival held in 16 different cities.

She has to her credit a biography of the noted Urdu litterateur Ismat Chughtai A Fearless Voice (Rupa & Co) and her articles, features, book and film reviews and interviews with celebrities have been published in the Asian Age, the Hindu, the Pioneer, the Open Magazine, Good Housekeeping and The Little Magazine. She also writes her blog on cinema   https://manjulanegi.wordpress.com/

Kunal Srivastava is a former Broadcast Journalist specialising in Social and Alternate Media Strategies. Kunal is an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and currently working as a Director, Diorama International Film Festival & Film Market. In the field of Cinema, Kunal has been a Production Manager on several films such as 'Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety' and 'PSV Garuda Vega'. He has produced  90 films for Google and some other foreign Television Networks. As a Writer, he has written extensively for foreign publications on Indian Cinema. Kunal teaches social media strategies for promotion of feature and short films at the Indian Film Institute classes.

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