- Mr. M. S. Sathyu
Mysore Shrinivas Sathyu was born in 1930, in Mysore, Karnataka. He completed his schooling and higher education at Mysore and Bangalore. In 1952, while working on his Bachelor of Science degree, he plunged into the uncertain world of films in Bombay. In films, Mr. Sathyu has worked as an art director, camera-man, screenwriter, stage designer producer and director. His filmography includes over 15 documentaries and 8 feature films in Hindi, Urdu and Kannada. He is best known for his directorial film Garam Hawa (1973), which is based on the partition of India. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975. M. S. Sathyu currently is associated mainly with television and stage.
- Mr. Bolavaru Mohammed Kunhi
Born on 22 October 1951, Bolwar Mahammad Kunhi, is a short story writer, novelist, play writer and a scriptwriter form Puttur taluk, Karnataka. As a post-graduate with a gold medal in Kannada literature from Mysore University, Mr. Kunhi is now retired from being a chief manager for Syndicate Bank's Bangalore Corporate Office. He has authored short story collections, novels, stage plays and children's books, besides several other editorial works. He is the recipient of Karnataka Rajyotsva Award (2012) and has received 3 Sahitya Akademi Awards from Karnataka Sahitya Academy, including its lifetime achievement award. His works focus on erasing illusions about Islam in India and nurturing a more positive outlook towards Islam. He has won National Awards for his contribution to Kannada Films.
- Mr. Sergey Anakshin
Born in 1965, Sergey Anashkin Graduated from the department of Film Studies, VGIK Film Institute in Moscow in 1989. He is the author of numerous articles published in the main Russian film magazines like Art of Cinema, etc; in popular magazines, encyclopedias and scientific collections. Mr. Anakshin is a lecturer of cinema history at the State Professional-Normal University at Yekateriburg, Ural region. He has directed a documentary called "Toyuk o Steshe"(2007) or Song about Stesha, in Yakutia and is an expert on cinema of Russia's eastern regions. He is also a critic and a film scholar who has a special interest is contemporary Asian cinema.
- Ms. Dalmira Tilepbergenova
Dalmira Tilepbergen was born in 1967 in Kyrgyzstan. Her background is in poetry, journalism, documentary and film. Her last feature film “Under Heaven” has been screened at film festivals in Canada, Russia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and India and has won “Best Asian Film” and “Best Actor” awards at film festivals in India. In 2015 in Montreal, "Under Heaven" won the jury's sympathy and was named the best feature film debut. Tilepbergen is also the current President of Central Asian PEN - the writers’ association. In 2005, she initiated an international forum “Women and Censorship” for women writers from Europe and Central Asia. She actively uses writing and film to be the voice of unheard.
- Ms. Latika Padgaonkar
Latika Padgaonkar is a writer, journalist, editor and a translator who has a PhD from the University of Paris. She is the former Executive Editor of Cinemaya with which she was associated from the beginning. She is also the former Joint Director of Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema. Ms. Padgaonkar has served on juries of many international film festivals. She has co-edited Being and Becoming: The Cinemas' of Asia (2002), The World of Kenji Mizoguchi (2007), Women in Politics (1993) and worked for many years with UNESCO.