Jury for “films that develop the theme of human unity

Induja Gandhiprasad

I, Induja Gandhiprasad, am from Tamil Nadu, India. Having had a deep rooted passion to work towards bringing positive changes in the society and environment, I was inspired by the ideals of Auroville. I have integrated myself into Auroville over the past 7 years and have been engaging in different activities. The experimental spirit of Auroville has been instrumental in boosting my confidence to engage in new things and discover myself. I am curious to learn about people’s connections with nature across different contexts. Because I believe that retaining, restoring and renewing those connections will bring answers to the biggest challenges that humanity faces today. My other interests are traveling, making new connections, exploring the depths of Tamil literature, and so on.

      Induja Gandhiprasad Interviewed by Daljeet Wadwha 25th Jan 24_ed


Jean Francois Claude

I have a background in social sciences and management. I have always sought to understand people, society and people in society. Very early on I became interested in cinema. I was involved in film clubs (as a teacher in a high school or as a volunteer in non-profit organizations or communities). Until recently, I was the administrator of a non-profit organization which promotes documentary cinema (production assistance, residencies for filmmakers, organization of public screenings). Since my arrival in Auroville, I have continued my anthropological photography activity. I am mainly interested in “people at work”. Beside my main activity as a French Teacher, I practice photography with Auroville units and in villages from the Auroville bio region. I make photo booklets that I offer to people I have worked with.

      Jean Francois Interviewed by Daljeet Wadwha 25th Jan 24_ed


Jean Leduc-Corbet

I am Jean, I come from a French and Aurovillian background, many of you might know me as I grew up here. Spending almost 20 years of my life in Auroville. Only recently returning after having spent several years abroad travelling and collecting experiences. I am a passionate student in the arts of film and photography. The evolution of the tools and techniques for photography and film making is something I’m very interested in. I’m eager to learn about and use more of the old, and the new technologies as these evolve. However what lies at the heart of it for me is storytelling. Or how stories are crafted, captured, and shared through these means. With that being said, I look forward to seeing your stories and thank you for this opportunity. 

      Jean Leduc Corbet Interviewed by Daljeet Wadwha 27th Jan 24_ed

Jury for “categories of Auroville films

Ezhil Mathy

From freedom comes learning is my core belief. I hail from a family of first generation learners and always stayed curious on life and learning. I have my masters in education and that has always been close to my heart . Like a spider web I see connections and I apply it to all that I do. I enjoy designing costumes; I have worked for the film Super Deluxe (Tamil film) and Modern Love Chennai (Amazon Prime) as producer and costume designer.

      Ezhilmathy Interviewed by Daljeet Wadhwa 24th Jan 24_ed

Premendra Mazumder

Premendra Mazumder is the Vice President of the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) and Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Section of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS). He has been writing on cinema for more than four decades and also edited many books and journals. He is the General Secretary of the India Chapter of International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI. He edits a quarterly online film journal “E-CineIndia” and an annual printed journal “Cine-India”. He is working as the Advisor to many International Film Festivals in home & abroad and runs a couple of Festivals as its Chairman/ Program Director/ Coordinator. He has served as the Jury Member in thirty six International Film Festivals so far worldwide.

      Prememdra Mazumder Interviewed by Daljeet Wadhwa 24th Jan 24_ed

Sivakumar Mohanan

A graduate in Mathematics and an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of Tamilnadu in Direction and Screen play writing discipline; he has directed and produced over 120 films that include Corporate AV, Documentaries, Commercials, NGO films and short films. First senior producer in CDIT, Trivandurm between 1991 -94, during this period he has produced over dozen films on Popular Science and development issues. His films Sasthra Gauthagam, a science magazine program and Declining Birth rate – Lessons from Kerala won awards from Government of Kerala and later were shown in Tokyo film festival. His film: “Pesticide Trap who is trapped? Pest or Peasant” and “Nano Magic” were screened in Mumbai International film festival for shorts and documentaries (MIFF). He served as selection committee member for International Competition Section of MIFF 2012 and National Competition section of MIFF 2016. He has authored 6 books on cinema in Tamil. Worked as II unit director and an AD in two international productions; founder secretary of Chennai Film Society; involved in teaching and mentoring film direction and script writing students over the last ten years. He was a faculty and Head, Direction department for five years (2014 – 2019) at L V Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai. Currently a teacher and mentor for film students and regular visiting faculty at Loyola College, Chennai and BOFTA (Blue Ocean Film and Television Academy), Chennai, LV Prasad Film and TV academy, Chennai.

      Sivakumar Mohanan Interviewed by Daljeet Wadwha 25th Jan 24_ed