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Viktoria Dzurenkova

Viktoria Dzurenkova is a student of Film Direction, perusing her masters in Films Studies, from Film & TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague, Czech Republic. Viktoria has explored wide range of audio-visuals including Short films, Documentaries, Music Videos and Commercials. Since 2010, she has been co-operating with Film and Television Institute of India. Viktoria’s interest in art and culture, took her to the beautiful valley of Himalaya, especially to Helena Roerich Art College, founded by Dr. Alena Adamkova, where she spent 8 weeks and shot a feature length documentary film, “Light from Himalaya”.

Param P. Tomanec

Param P. Tomanec is a versatile filmmaker and photographer who uses in his works elements of visualpoetry. In 2009, Param graduated with honors from art photography (Westminster University, London). His journey of self-discovery led him in 1997 to a yoga temple north of London, where he remained for eight years practicing meditation, studying philosophy, serving the community and working on photo-documentaries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Since 2005 he lives in Oxford. Param will personally attend the premiere of the film Rasa Yatra in Prague.

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.