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What is the relevance of film festivals in a hyper digital world?

Posted on November 25, 2021

  • Aseem Chhabra to moderate the session with Deepthi Pendurty; Christine Marouda; Meenakshi Shedde

Bombay : The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced film festivals around the world to rethink their modus operandi and raised difficult questions about their very existence. The digital realm has become their temporary refuge, but as they emerge from the pandemic and return to a physical realm, they discover a much altered landscape, dominated by the overwhelming presence of OTT platforms. How can film festivals, especially smaller ones, reinvent themselves and remain relevant to their communities in this new world of unlimited digital access and choice?

Deepthi Pendurty, Director of the Dharamshala IFF Festival, Christina Marouda, Chairman of the Board and Founder of the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival and Meenakshi Shedde, Delegate for South Asia, Berlin International Film Festival and an independent curator based in Mumbai will meet to discuss this important topic in a virtual session “The relevance of film festivals in a hyper-digital world” on Friday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m. India time on the sidelines of the EU. Well-known film journalist, author and festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival, Aseem Chhabra will host this session.

The session was organized by the EU Delegation to India in collaboration with the Dharamsala International Film Festival.

Day and date Time Title Loudspeakers Zoom link
fri, 26e Nov 6:00 p.m. IST // CET 1:30 p.m. The relevance of film festivals in a hyper-digital world (In collaboration with the Dharamsala International Film Festival) Moderators: Aseem Chhabra Panelists: Deepthi Pendurty; Christine Marouda; Meenakshi Shedde https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MLtRna0RQiCx8n6DNG5uiA


Aseem Chabra: Aseem Chhabra is a film journalist in New York and New Delhi. It has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mumbai Mirror, Rediff.com, The Hindu, Outlook, BBC.com, Quartz, Scroll, Newslaundry. He has commented on Indian cinema and popular culture on NPR, CNN, BBC, CBC, “Good Morning America” on ABC.

Aseem is the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival, the largest and oldest Indian festival in North America.

He is the author of the biographies of Bollywood actors Shashi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

Aseem is the voice of Shadow Puppet # 1 in director Nina Paley’s acclaimed animated film, Sita Sings the Blues.

Deepthi Pendurty: Deepthi Pendurty has been the Festival Director for Dharamshala IFF since 2018 and oversees various aspects of the festival, including operations, partnerships and program construction throughout the year. She has over 9 years of television experience and is the co-founder of the Hyderabad Children’s Theater Festival.

Christina Marouda: Christina Marouda is Chairman of the Board and Founder of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) where, over the past 20 years, she has created, developed and expanded the film festival into a creative portal. and commercial between Indian and United States entertainment industry. She has developed key relationships with government, business and charitable organizations including SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, leaders of all major film and television studios, leading Indian filmmakers and film festivals. leading international companies.

“Prior to that, she worked for five years with the American Film Institute for its world-renowned international film festival, AFI FEST, as Director of Guest Services in charge of the Filmmakers’ Office. In 2008, she produced the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) at the Lynwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Ms. Marouda began her entertainment career in the New Media and Marketing department of Lions Gate Entertainment.

Ms. Marouda holds a BA in International Relations from the Athens University of Economics and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. She has studied and worked in Italy and Spain and speaks five languages.

Meenakshi Shedde: Meenakshi Shedde is South Asia delegate to the Berlin International Film Festival, preselecting films since 1998, and independent film curator, based in Mumbai. Winner of the National Indian Film Prize for Best Film Criticism, she has served on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She has been curator / programmer / international consultant at the Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto (TIFF Bell Lightbox), Locarno, Busan, Dubai, IFFI-Goa, Kerala and Mumbai Film Festivals; British Film Institute (BFI, London), Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA, Australia) and Kochi Muziris Biennale (India). She has been Script Lab Mentor and Critics’ Lab Mentor around the world, and a member of the selection committee for the best film funds in the United States and Europe. Senior journalist, she freelances for Variety, Screen International, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cahiers du Cinema, Times of India and Sunday Midday, and has written / edited 19 books, mainly on cinema.

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