DIPTI GUPTA – Director of the festival
Dipti teaches in the department of Cinema and Communication at Dawson College, Montreal.
She also teaches Art forms of Bollywood cinema at Concordia University. She is an active board member of Teesri Duniya theatre since 1992.
KANITA AHMED – Associate Director of the festival
Kanita is a board member of the Kabir Centre and works at McGill University. She is passionate about South Asian art, literature and cinema.
SWATI KHANNA – Associate Director of the festival
In a career spanning over a decade in India, Swati acquired experience ranging from conceptualization to scripting, shooting and post-production and was one
of the most talented professionals of the media industry. As the Creative Director for Colors ( General Entertainment Channel ) in the Non-Fiction
Programming Team, Swati has helmed superhit reality shows like Dancing with the Stars , Fear Factor and many big Award shows. In her roles at other
national networks like NDTV and MTV, Swati has handled all aspects of Television Production. Swati is currently working with Teesri Duniya Theatre in Montreal.
DUSHYANT YAJNIK – Head of Film Freeway Programming
A film buff for many years, he was the chairperson of the 2015 SAFFM committee and the director of SAFFM 2016. Initially a family physician, he studied and has specialized in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He organized and participated in the “Psychoanalysis and Cinema” past screenings and seminars of the Quebec English Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and at Montreal’s Argyle Institute of Human Relations. He spoke at the “Au Contraire Film Festival” 2016 which purposely seeks out edgy, thought provoking films from around the world which explore mental health issues from different viewpoints. He is on the board of Montreal’s Kabir Centre for Arts and Culture.
Sheetal Lodhia has been working to foster relationships between academic institutions and the world-at-large, championing interdisciplinarity, collaboration and broad purchase for knowledge. She has a history of involvement in the media, education, nonprofit and social innovation sector, working with grassroots organizations, arts-education groups and policy organizations in strategic planning, community engagement and grant acquisition. A doctoral graduate in English Literature from Queen’s University, she has researched and taught in cultural studies, colonialism and critical race theory, Renaissance literature and history of medicine. She has produced radio documentaries and a film documentary short. Sheetal just completed her term as Executive Director of The Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University. She also founded Black Leg Productions, a company that is one-part creative production and one-part think tank. As a matter of course she writes, edits, reads, watches TV, games, crafts, noodles, teaches and harbours fantasies of becoming a pro-tennis player.
Jayanta Guha : Founder and Coordinator of the conference series ‘Regard sur le monde’ and the animation team of Bibliothèques de la Ville de Saguenay.
Philippe Belley : Director and Founder of ‘Les films de la Baie’
Richard Boivin : Professor at Cégep de Chicoutimi, animator at Ciné Club de Chicoutimi
Jean Chateauvert : Professor of cinema, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi