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Amandine D’AZEVEDO

Amandine D’Azevedo, author of two Masters theses on Indian commercial film at the Sorbonne in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), continues her doctoral studies and research at IRCAV (i.e. research institute of film and audiovisual works). The topic of her doctoral thesis is the representation and circulation of myths in contemporary Indian cinematography. She participated in a new edition of the Dictionary of Film Production, under the direction of Jean-Loup Passeka, and the collective work Théorème focused on the film industry in India. She is also involved with the editorial magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma.


Teresa Faucon teaches film aesthetics and the relation between dance, contemporary art, and filmmaking at the Sorbonne in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3). She is author of many publications in magazines (Cinémathèque, Cinema, 1895, ArtPress) and books on filmmaking (Cent ans de cinéma français, ADPF, 1996 and Penser et expérimenter le montage, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2009) and painting (Turner, Flammarion, 2004).


Marie Pruvost Delaspre, doctoral student at the Sorbonne (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) studies the history of the animation industry, which is also the topic of her doctoral dissertation under the leadership of Professor Laurent Creton at IRCAV. She teaches at the Sorbonne at the Faculty of Film and Audiovisual Arts (Cinema & Audiovisuel) and contributes to the magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Since 2010 she has been studying Japanese at Keio University in Tokyo.

Ludmila VOLNÁ

Ludmila Volná is engaged in research on Indian Anglophone literature and teaches at Charles University, Université Paris-Est, and Université de Rouen. The results of her work has been published as dozens of articles in scientific journals and books. She has been invited to international conferences in the USA, India and several European countries, such as Oxford University, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Heidelberg, University of Kerala (India). She is a member of advisory committees of scientific journals, international conferences, and scientific associations, such as the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.

Jitka de PRÉVAL

Jitka de Préval, former director of the Czech Centre in Paris, did her Masters studies at the Sorbonne in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and completed a thesis on the topic of The (R)evolution in film adaptations of Devdas. She continues with her doctoral studies focusing on the history of film studios RK Films & Studios. She is long-time correspondent of the Czech press (MFDnes, Reflex, Sanquis) and in 2010 participated in the collective publication Paris-Prague: Voyage musical en compagnie de Guy Erismann, led by Myriam Soumagnac and published by Delatour France.

Nasreen Munni Kabir

Born in Hyderabad, India, Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based documentary filmmaker/author who has written several books on Hindi cinema, including Guru Dutt, a life in cinema (OUP, India, 1996), Talking Films/Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar (OUP, India 1999/2005), Bollywood, the Indian Cinema Story (Channel 4 Books/ PanMacmillan, 2000) Yours Guru Dutt (Roli Books, 2004) and many more.

Her many documentaries, produced for Channel 4 TV (UK), include Follow that Star (Amitabh Bachchan), Lata in her own voice (1991), How to make a Bollywood Movie (1999), How to make it Big in Bollywood (2000) and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005, Channel 4/Red Chillies). In 1999, she won the first Asian Womens’ Achievement Award for her work promoting Indian cinema in the UK. A consultant to Channel 4 for over 27 years, she continues to curate their annual 20-part Indian film season.

Charles TESSON

Charles Tesson, film critic and historian, is a professor at the Sorbonne (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), where he teaches aesthetics and the history of filmmaking of Eastern non-European cinema, especially Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He has written numerous publications on films such as Satyajit Ray memoir, which was published by Cahiers du Cinéma in 1992. Charles Tesson is involved with the magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma, where he was an editor for several years. In 2011 he was appointed to be President of the comission of the International Film Critics’ Week in Cannes.