Gitanjali Rao, Abhay Kumar Among Those Selected For Berlinale Talents 2016!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on January 21, 2016

10 Indian filmmakers have been selected for this year's Berlinale Talents program. The selection includes an eclectic mix of directors, actors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers & music composers, who will have the opportunity to attend master classes, panel discussions with top-notch experts, along with a wide range of 'Project Labs' where filmmakers can further develop and present their own projects. This year, the program will run from 13-18 Feb, 2016. 

Here's a complete list of the filmmakers who have been selected for the Berlinale Talent program:

1. Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao is one of the leading animators of our country. She has independently produced and directed multiple short films, all of which have awards at film festivals across the world. Printed Rainbow premiered at Cannes 2006, in competition at the Critic's Week & went on to win the award for the Best Short film. Her last project, True Love Story was also at Cannes last year and has traveled to multiple film festivals across the globe. She's currently developing her animated feature film Bombay Rose, and the project was a part of last year's edition of Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab.

2. Abhay Kumar

Abhay Kumar is one of the most exciting filmmakers we have in this country. His award-winning documentary feature Placebo, is a chilling examination of student life & pressures in one of the premier educational institutes in India. He's made award winning short films before spending a good part of last 4 years shooting & then taking his documentary around the world.

3. Sange Dorjee Thongdok

Sange Dorjee Thongdok is an SRFTI graduate, whose debut feature Crossing Bridges won the National Award in 2013. Made in Shertukpen, the film was the first feature film made in this indigenous dialect, native to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The film was critically acclaimed for its simplistic portrayal of the theme - ‘re-discovering home’.

4. Niharika Singh

Niharika Singh shot to fame with her role in Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely. The film competed in Un Certain regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

5. Manas Mittal

Manas Mittal, an editor, worked on the editing table for Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Q’s Gandu and Madhureeta Anand’s Kajarya.

6. Pankaj Kumar

Pankaj Kumar is an FTII graduate who specialized in film editing. He was the assistant editor in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, after which he moved onto make his own films. Known for his documentaries, his films have been showcased at multiple international film festivals.

7. Vandana Kataria

Vandana Kataria, a production designer is known for creating a whole new world in all her films. She's collaborated with Dibakar Banerjee for his films Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!Shanghai, and the more recent Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. 

8. Tanmayee Deo

Tanmayee Deo assisted Umesh Kulkarni for the Marathi feature Vihir. She also directed a short film, Lapandav (Hide and Seek) as a part of her video-production curriculum which received the second award under fiction category at Mise-en-scene Film Festival 2009, New Delhi.

9. Rama Dutta

Ramanuj Dutta is a cinematographer who worked on Bikas Mishra's Chauranga and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's The Immortals

10. Alokananda Dasgupta

The daughter of filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, she has scored music and assisted in the writing on a few of her father's films, and has  also composed the music for Nagraj Manjule's Fandry and Ajay Bahl's B.A Pass. She's also worked as a music assistant for Amit Trivedi on the film soundtrack for Udaan.


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