DCSAFF TEAM

DCSAFFs management team brings diverse skills and leadership experience. We’re working to make DCSAFF one of the best South Asian Film Festivals in North America by bringing together exceptional programming, visionary keynotes, quality panel discussions and in-depth work shops.

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Manoj Singh
Executive Director

Manoj, an IT Consultant, has always had a passion for the arts. He has acted in several prominent plays, including: Mere Bachhe, Jisne Lahore Nahi Dekhya woh Jamiya Nahi and A Tryst with Destiny. He is a member of Natya Bharati, the Actors Center, and Storytellers. In 2012, Manoj and his wife Geeta started Ceasar Productions – it has fast become DCs premier company for hosting South Asian theatre, music, film and book-reading events. Ceasar Productions actively supports various charities, including: Upakar Foundation, Ekal Vidhyala, Global India Fund, American India Fund, ASHA, Pratham, Washington Humane Society, Kranti, and The Humsafar Trust.

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Geeta Anand Singh
Festival Director

Geeta is an executive in the banking sector. She is the hospitality chief and plays an integral role in the management of logistics for DCSAFF. Geeta is involved with several outreach programs in the community and is a key figure for raising funds for South Asian events in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Mansoor Ahmed
Technical Director

Mansoor Ahmed (Moonie), DCSAFFs Technical Director, is also the Division Director for Astrophysics at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. During the day he studies the stars and in the evening he shoots them. Moonie made his directorial debut in 2013 with the critically acclaimed film, Bhool. His passion for filmmaking can be traced back to his childhood days in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he lived across from the only English language cinema hall in the city – it wasn’t long before he became mesmerized by the world of international cinema.

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Vikram Kolluru
Director of Volunteer Management, Social Media, and Logistics

Vikram is an Electrical Controls and Automation Systems Engineer. When he is away from DCSAFF, he is actively involved with the DC theatre and photography scene.

 

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Nausheen Ilahi
Director of Films, Graphics, Visualization

Over the past decade, Nausheen has actively been involved with promoting and showcasing South Asian arts, literature  and music; highlighting activities that transcend national boundaries and strengthen links among the south Asian communities in DC. She has arranged book readings, Qavaali and musical performances, and screenings of films and documentaries, as well as other events.

Nadia Khan
Assistant Director of Marketing

Nadia joins the DCSAFF team as Assistant Director of Marketing. She knows that the appeal of South Asian indie films is far-reaching, and looks forward to promoting the festival to a diverse audience. In her day job, she works for local government on economic and community development matters.

Program Manager Mansoor Ahmed
Volunteer Coordinator Vikram Kolluru
Marketing & Outreach Geeta Singh, Pushpa Dashottar, Adarsh Gupta, Paresh Parekh, Manish Sood, Manan Singh Kathora, Nadia Khan, Nausheen Ilahi, Visit Montgomery, Montgomery College, Rashmi Nair, Jagruti Mahante
Technical Mansoor Ahmed, Vikram Kolluru
Box Office and Front Desk Geeta Singh, Vikram Kolluru, Sumedha Malhotra
Hospitality Geeta Singh, Sangeeta Mehra, Vikram Kolluru
Website Vikram Kolluru, Rob Ratcliffe, Sanjay Kumar, Nausheen Ilahi
Ushering Uzma Hashmi, Madhu Rehman, Deepna Anand, Sangeeta Agarwal, Divesh Anand, Hema Ahmed, Meera Narashiman, Jagruto Mahante, Aditya Mahante, Kiran Chadda, Neeta Datt, Sangeeta Mehra, Varmala Sharma, Sonam Kapoor Anand, Sumedha Malhotra, Rashmi Nair, Anu Gupta, Niraj Gupta
Transportation
Manoj Singh, Geeta Singh, Vikram Kolluru, Singh Limo Services, Sanjay Mehta
Catering Diya Bistro, Bombay Tandoor, Bombay Bistro, Metro Dhaba, Cafe Masala

Festival Consultants

Tax Consultant Arun Chawla
Outreach Consultant Nadia Khan
Information Technology Vikram Kolluru
Information Technology Maneesh Verma
Legal Counsel Farhat Ahmed
Program Consultant Jogvinder Khera, Nausheen Ilahi