The DCSAFF Advisory Board brings together some of the most accomplished and experienced professionals from across the film industry.
Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and Screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the “middle cinema” in India. He has expressed dislike of the term, preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005. He has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times.
Mahadevan Ananth Narayan
Mahadevan Ananth Narayan is a prominent media personality in India actively involved as actor-writer-editor and director in theatre, television, commercials and feature films. As feature film Director, he has just completed his 15th feature. His Marathi film I am Sindhutai Sapkal won 4 Indian National Film Awards [including Film, Screenplay, Dialogue and Singer] and the award for Best Director in the Maharashtra State Awards. Amongst the films that have received worldwide acclaim are Staying Alive, Red Alert – The War Within [a true story of the Naxal uprising in India] Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File, a biopic on India’s oldest living freedom fighter who fought for 35 years for his identity, and Rough Book, a film that took the Indian education systems by the horns. His new Marathi film, a biopic on first female Doctor of India Dr. Rakhmabai recently won Best Feature Audience Choice and Best Director at the DCSAFF 2017. Ananth also has an illustrious career in Theatre & Television in India.
Literally a man of many parts, Rajit Kapur is an artiste recognized for his extensive contributions to the stage, screen and television. He started his career in feature films with Shyam Benegal’s critically acclaimed, Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda in 1992. He has since, starred in virtually all of Benegal’s films, including Making of the Mahatma, for which he won the National Award for Best Actor in 1995. He has also earned the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for Agni Sakshi. Other notable film credits include: Ghulam, Sardari Begum, Zubeida, Well Done Abba and Charachar. Kapur’s extensive stage work includes: Larins Sahib, Love Letters, Are There Tigers in the Congo?, Mister Behram, Six Degrees of Separation, Class of ‘84, Pune Highway, Me Kash and Cruise and Girish Karnad’s Flowers.
Christina Marouda is the founder and Chair of the Board of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), where over the last 12 years she has created, developed and expanded the film festival into a creative and business portal between the Indian and United States entertainment industries. She has developed key relationships with governmental, business and charitable organizations including the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as with executives at major studios including, Walt Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Fox.