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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Munish Mehra
Operation’s Director

Munish manages the financial aspects of DCSAFF. He is the president of the Indian Biomedical Association and the CEO of Quantum Change Group (QCG), which houses, under its vast umbrella, the film/TV production house, Quantum Motion Pictures.

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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 Social Media 

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 Marketing

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.

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Artistic Director

Joe is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming. Joe aims to curate the very best in alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Upon graduating from Whistling Woods International Film School (Mumbai), Joe went on to assist Bollywood showman Subhash Ghai on two feature films. Since 2009, he has worked with several high-profile production houses, including, Little Red Car Films, where he served as Senior Creative Supervisor. His recent documentry ‘Dancing Shoes’ was the opening film at the prestigioues Open Frame Film Festival, Delhi. The documentry was selected by India Today as one of the top six documentries.

 

Program Manager Manoj Singh
Volunteer Coordinator Sikha Budhathoki, Nandini Nagendran
Marketing & Outreach Kirit Udeshi, Geeta Singh, Sikha Budhathoki, Pushpa Dashottar, Jyotsna Gupta, Parasuram Iyer, Madhu Rehman, Renu Reynolds, Adarsh Gupta
Technical Mansoor Ahmed, Vikram Kolluru, Parasuram Iyer
Box Office and Front Desk Munish Mehra, Sikha Buddhathoki, Pushpa Dashottar
Hospitality Geeta Singh, Sangeeta Mehra, Pushpa Dashottar, Mahinder Tak, Madhu Rehman, Nisha Vinod
Website Maneesh Verma (The Inkline), Avnish Mehra, Vikram Kolluru
Ushering Uzma Hashmi, Nandini Nagendran, Madhu Rehman, Deepna Anand, Sangeeta Agarwal, Paresh Parekh, Jyotsna Gupta, Divesh Anand, Rajiv Jaggi, Sri Mirajkar, Hema Ahmed
Transportation Ram Nagendran, Manoj Singh, Geeta Singh, Munish Mehra, Vikram Kolluru, C.P. Subramanian

Festival Consultants

Tax Consultant Arun Chawla
Outreach Consultant Dr Sudhir Sekhsaria
Outreach Consultant Kirit Udeshi
Information Technology Vikram Kolluru
Information Technology Maneesh Verma
Legal Counsel Farhat Ahmed
Program Consultant Rajit Kapur
Program Consultant Aroon Shivdasani