Festival Staff


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

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.

Raja Bhattacharya

Raja studied law and worked at McGill before joining Concordia University as an administrator. He is trained in Hindustani Classical music and plays the Sarod. He is serving various community organizations since 2002 and joined Kabir Centre in 2013. He is primarily responsible for implementing the artistic vision of the centre in all its projects and activities.




Jayanta Guha: Coordinateur of the conference series ‘Regard sur le monde’.


Christine Payette – Animation and Cultural Mediation Team, Bibliothèques de Saguenay

Sophie Beauparlant – President of the board, REGARD, International Short Films Festival of Saguenay

Manon Lortie – President of the board, Film Club of Jonquière

Jean Chateauvert – Professor of cinéma, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Philippe Belley – Director and PDG, Les Films de la Baie

Richard Boivin – Animator, Film Club of Chicoutimi


Abdullah Hossain
Alessandra Abdallah-Minciotti
Aliya Varma
Bhavya Raju Mandya
Claudia Melgarejo Armoa
Jessica M Beausoleil
Marian Rebeiro
Marie Stow
Sandra hercegova
Thaheea Al-Idrisi
Vanessa Pesce
Zixuan Lin