The Jury

Writer, Director, Media Strategist, TEDx speaker & Environment Activist
A sought-after Writer, Director, Media Strategist, sought-after TEDx speaker, Life Coach, Social Entrepreneur, Gender-Animal and Environment Activist, and one of the driving forces behind the Make Earth Green Again MEGA Foundation, Pawsitive Farm Sanctuary, and Zindagi Helpline, Dr. Anusha Srinivasan Iyer is a woman of multiple facets!

Best known as a Firebrand Journalist with a golden heart, Dr. Anusha is a Global Award-winning Writer-Director. Her ‘Saare Sapne Apne Hain’, a film on child labour, hope and happiness, won rave reviews across borders winning over 128 awards and having been screened in over 150 national as well as international film festivals!

Her organisation, Make Earth Green Again, MEGA Foundation, strives to protect the planet with a mission to reverse the environmental damage caused by mankind. She, in her myriad ways, not only repaints the Earth green but also mobilises and inspires the youth to stand up for the same!

Serving as a catalyst in bringing responsible like-minded individuals, environmental activists and organizations together, Anusha works closely in association with the government and its ministries for citizen welfare. She is also known for her stance on the issues of tribal welfare, senior citizen safety, rehabilitation of acid attack victims and her work towards gender equality, LGBTQ empowerment, street children welfare, participation in conclaves and inspirational talks, filmmaking with a cause and youth life coaching among many others.

Anusha Srinivasan Iyer has also earned respect for her commitment towards social, environmental as well as cultural causes. For the same, she received numerous awards, accolades and recognition as the winner of the Life’s Real Heroes awards of India in 2019, The Economic Times Icon Award for Strategic Brandmaker and Social Entrepreneurship, The Mid-Day Icon Awards, christened as the “Queen Bee of Brand Strategy” by Forbes India among others. She is also the recipient of the International WEE Women Excellence Empowerment Award, National Excellence Award, Women of Influence Award, People’s Excellence Award, Inspire Award, Mukkti Foundation Achievers' Award and many others.

On her work front, Anusha Srinivasan Iyer is the Founder and Mentor of Naarad PR & Image Strategists, one of India's premier PR, Brand Strategisation and Image management agencies, besides being the Brand Custodian of respected actors.  A strong believer that if you want to do something, you make time for it, Anusha also writes and directs films as well as pursues a fruitful life of social activism.

No wonder then that the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Founded Lead India Foundation-World Book of Records has a knowledged and honoured Egalitarian Earth Warrior Dr. Anusha Srinivasan Iyer Among India’s 111 Most Powerful Women of India in a carefully chosen list including IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, KAS officers, film celebrities, industry leaders, NGO leaders, and sports personalities, among others.  Kudos to this Power Woman!

Actor, Model, Speaker & Panelist
One of the contenders in Zee TV's reality show "Dilli Darlings", Actor, Model, Speaker & Panelist, Manya Pathak also acted in the movie Acid Aakraman and is one of the sought after actors for her music videos - Tauba meri Tauba, Yeh Raastein and others. Having featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Era, Punkvilla, IWMBuzz, La Favara, HT, TOI, IDiva and Shades of Women, she also won the Promising Actress award for her contribution to entertainment industry. Right now her short film Dvand is garnering rave reviews on MX Player. Manya Pathak represents the National Jury in the festival.

Film Director, writer & lecturer
Winner of several important international prizes for films that he made, Film director Valmir Tertini is based in Tirana, Albania. After his basic studies, he completed his higher studies for medial arts in Pristina and later a master's degree in film and television at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. His projects have been part of hundreds of festivals around the world. He has conducted some workshops in Europe for the 7th Art, Cinema. Founder of the educational project for younger students, SKENA workshop, a training in the field of cinematography. Coordinator of DoART organization in Tirana as well as a Lecturer at the university in the liberal arts department, directed film & mass communication, he is the winner of 19 international and 3 national prizes. He writes for TV and movies in newspapers in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia and has published four books.

Award Winning Writer, Producer & Director
An author of 6 historical novels and an award winning writer, producer and director of movies, such as “Sholler's Archive”, “Execution day”, "The first success of Nobel brothers" and "Stalin's dark past", Jalaladdin Gasimov was born in Tovuz, Azerbaijan. After graduating from high school, he was enrolled into Moscow Automobile And Road Construction Institute. He also served in military as a Chief of Confidential Communication Station (It was the most confidential communication station of USSR) in Nohra, Weimar, Germany during 1985-1987. A keen learner, he later pursued education in Baku State University as well from International Law and Trade Academy in Kiev and Police Academy in Baku. He had been working as a Chief in Khatai District Police department since 1997.

With 3 diplomas and having worked in 3 diverse fields and succeeded, nevertheless, his biggest passion in life has always been to write scripts and shoot movies. He shot his first movie “Sholler's Archive” at the age of 50 which is based on a true story. It not only became very successful in international festivals, but the gained the most number of awards and achievements that any film from Azerbaijan could ever receive in international festivals. This inspired him to produce more movies, and they were successful as well. An added feather, his film “Shollers Archive” received a certificate signed by American congressman Jimmy Gomez.

Chairman, Festival Jury & Director
Award winning Writer, Director, Mohan Das apart from film making has successfully conducted the Lakecity International Film Festival, Gwalior over the years has now widened his horizons by taking the concept of film festivals to various cities across India and the globe. With Lakecity being a yearly event well entrenched on to the scene, he is all set to promote Indian Cinema, Art and Culture onto a global platform by joining hands and collaborating with a multitude of film festivals in many countries or offering support to a host of upcoming festivals across the world. K Asif Chambal International Film Festival is an offshoot of the same idea that aims at bringing the science, art and emotion through world cinema to the people of Chambal valley.

Offering a premier showcase opportunity for talented film makers and artists, celebrates avante garde cinema, felicitates masters and achievers from all walks of life, the aim of K Asif Chambal International Film Festival is to bring countries closer by building bridges to enable cross cultural exchanges, social understanding and creative ideation - Mohan Das is working tirelessly to bring films to new audiences across Eon Films through programme of screenings, working with partner organisations and of course, looking forward to deliver a great festival.

He has run short film competitions and workshops, organised screenings for international feature films, and is also working as the festival consultant for feature films. With so much of experience to gather, it was natural for him to be invited on many a film festival as jury including LHIFF 
International Film Festival (Barcelona), The North Film Festival (New York), Coal City International Film Festival (Nigeria), Frames Film Festival (Mumbai), Nilofer-e-Aabi International Film Festival (Iran/ Mumbai), Aahan International Short Film Festival (Mumbai), Kala Samruddhi International Film Festival (Mumbai), Cotton City International Film Festival (Akola), Acharya Tulsi Short Film Festival (Bikaner), Cortokino International Film Festival (Mumbai) and others.