Chittranjan Giri


Chittaranjan is a National School of Drama Graduate who is most known for his award-winning and internationally acclaimed film’s Man Beyond the Bridge’ (2009, Paltadacho Munis) which is one of the very few Indian films to have made it to and won in the competition category at Toronto International Film Festival. Apart from arthouse cinema, he has also acted in various mainstream Indian film like Gulaal, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, 1971, Padman. In 2016 he did the lead role in Marathi film named ‘Late Joshi’ which received very high critical acclaim in the film festivals around the globe.

Abhay Mahajan


Abhay has a long association with theatres. Started as a child artist he has been part of many acclaimed Hindi, Marathi and English theatre productions. His recent internationally acclaimed work includes ‘Khwaab-Sa’, directed by India’s leading theatre director Atul Kumar.

He has acted in National Award-winning films the like ‘Ringan, The Quest’ and ‘Doh’ and has also done prominent roles in the mainstream movies like Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai, CRD and Ranga Patanga.



Sohil Vaidya

Writer, Director, Producer

Sohil is a current graduate student in MFA Film Production Course at the University of Southern California where he is focusing on Writing and Directing. He has been awarded James Bridges Directing Scholarship and Edward Thomas Troutner Cinematography Scholarship for his achievements at USC. His last student fiction film ‘Geeta’; based on the issue of Modern Day Slavery, screened at multiple film festivals across the U.S and won awards. Currently, he is directing a feature film with seven other directors after getting selected for the feature film class at USC.  

Before coming to USC he made a documentary named ‘Diaries of Unknown’ which tells the story of 15 million homeless people without any document of existence, living across India who are not even recognized as a part of the population by the Indian government.Sohil is amongst the pioneers in starting a film festival in Pune for the underrepresented voices in Indian cinema called Smita Patil International Film Festival. Stanley Kubrick, P.T Anderson, Andrei Tarkovasky and Satyajit Ray are some of the directors who have deeply influenced him. He wants to keep learning about the craft of filmmaking while making films which are thought-provoking, visually compelling and important as content, in the future.



Michael received an Academy Award nomination for Batman Returns in 1993. Michael received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for the film The Golden Compass. The film combined live action, animation and visual effects in nearly every cut. He supervised visual effects and animation on a number of films, including the dinosaurs in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.Michael was happy to contribute to the Academy Award winning film Life of Pi in 2012. Michael is a Professor at the University Of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts and he serves as Chair of the Division of Film & Television Production, and holds the George Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects, and the Kortschak Family Endowed Division Chair in Film and Television Production. He is on the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Artsand Sciences, and is a founding member, Board member, and 1st Vice-Chairman of the Visual Effects Society.

Michael. L. Fink

Thesis Mentor


Dr.Abhijit Vaidya

Associate Producer

Dr Abhijit Vaidya, M.D, is a renowned consultant cardiologist, writer and a social activist. He was an associate professor of medicine at India’s renowned B. J. Medical College. Dr.Vaidya has established a countrywide network of volunteers to mass educate the people about prevention of heart diseases and to provide medical relief to victims of disasters. He has treated 75,000 patients across India and Nepal, all free of cost. He is a life member of many national bodies like Cardiology Society of India, Indian College of Interventional Cardiology and member of Americal College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association and European Society of Cardiology.

Dr Vaidya is a well-known writer having many books written and edited by him. His travelogue ‘Shalom Isreal’ won Best Literary Prose Award of the state. He also has translated Paulo Coelho’s famous novel ‘11 minutes’ in Marathi. He has received at least 20 prestigious awards to mention a few Vocational Excellence Award, Rotary Club, Lions Club Youth Icon Award, Lions Viluxs Golden Achievement Award, Pun. Hero by Times of India Group, Annabhau Sathe Literary Award, All India Janiv Organisation’s Literary Award etc.


Director of Photography

Heyjin studied at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, which accelerated her experiences in narrative storytelling. She graduated from the program Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. To pursue her goal, creating films that propel her audience to be moved to take action and help transform hopelessness into hope and apathy into empathy, she is currently studying in MFA program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts focusing on cinematography. At USC Heyjin shot multiple thesis films. ‘Wyrm’ a thesis film she shot got officially selected in the main competition category at Sundance film festival,2018.

Ashutosh Hinge

Executive Producer

Ashutosh has worked in the mainstream industry as an executive producer for a long time. He has also  worked in  the art department of the international  projects like ‘Mighty Heart’



Erick Del Aguila is a Peruvian-born film composer, producer, and guitarist based in Los Angeles. His work has been heard in various award-winning studio/indie films and TV-shows in networks like Disney, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Lifetime. Some of his credits include TV series’ Empire, UnReal, Dexter, The Get Down, Luke Cage, Limitless, Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce, Blood Drive, Dr. Dre’s upcoming TV show Vital Signs, award-winning feature films Seeds, Other Halves, Oscar-shortlisted film Contrapelo, and Webby-award- winner doc series New Deep South. Graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music + University of SouthernCalifornia, Del Aguila attended on various awards including the Berklee International Grant, Guitar Department Achievement Award, and Fulbright Scholarship (IIE). He also was invited to participate at the Film Independent/Project Involve Composer’s Workshop, and the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Some of his mentors include Grammy-award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Emmy-award-winner Bruce Broughton, and Academy-award-winner Luis Bacalov.Del. 

Sikander Sidhu


Sikander has done M.D Medicine from Singapore and was a surgeon before realising his true passion for cinema. He soon shifted back to Mumbai and worked with YouTube India to create and edit content and commercials collaborating with Youtubers like Jus Reign, Superwomen, Humble. Sikandar also worked as a first AD on features, commercials, music videos etc. After getting selected at USC, he edited thesis films at USC. His goal is to ultimately connect the two worlds with such different cultures and habits on the surface but suffer the same emotions underneath.

Yogesh Jagam

Creative Supervisor

Yogesh Jagam is an Independent filmmaker & storyteller who uses different mediums to tell a story. He has also worked as executive producer for a German Documentary ‘Masala Chai‘ He is also the Associate Director at Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival He was also associated with ‘Culture Unplugged Studios’ looking after the various aspects of Online Film Festivals organized by the organization. He has also worked as Publicity Coordinator for Marathi Feature Film “Jinki re Jinke”. The Film was selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) for developing a teacher training kit based on this film. He was also on the advisory panel of All Lights India International Film Festival 2016.