Noted Film Makers and Design Professionals to Select Entries

Agra: July 25, 2012:Antardrishti announced the names of the Jury for Drishti 2012 creative contest. This is the second year in a row Antardrishti is organizing Drishti creative contest for the promotion of eye donation. The three-member jury consists of film maker, critique and design professional of national and international fame.  Jury will screen and evaluate entries submitted for the creative contest.

Acclaimed film maker and author Ms Minnie Vaid, internationally known design professional Mr Sudir Sharma and national award winner film critique Mr Utpal Borpujari and are the members of jury for this year’s contest to be held in Agra.

Drishti 2012 Creative Contest has invited entries in four categories viz short films, poster, design and audio jingle on the theme of promotion of eye donation. Last date of submission of entries is 10 September, 2012. Selected entries by the jury will be awarded Golden Eye and Silver Eye in each category respectively. The awards will be given in a two-day grand finale to be held in Agra in first week of November.

A brief introduction of Jury:

Minnie Vaid is specialised in making films on social issues primarily in rural India, with a special additional focus on insurgency in strife-torn areas of the country. Few of her recent documentaries are ‘A Doctor to Defend,’ (on Dr. Binayak Sen), ‘Satyendra Dubey: The Story of a Whistle Blower’, ‘We Have a Dream’ (on women’s empowerment in Adilabad’ or ‘Sacred Forests of Meghalaya: Wisdom From The Mother’s Hearth’ (on traditions of forest protection).

Based in Mumbai Minnie has also authored ‘A Doctor to Defend: The Binayak Sen Story and completed her second book on Irom Sharmila Chanu, dubbed the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur,’ whose hunger strike begun in 2000 continues today.

Sudhir Shrama is internationally famed designer and brand consultant based in Pune. An alumnus of NID, Ahmedabad, Sudhir as Creative and Chief executive of INDI Design his projects have shaped the Design industry in India.  He is also the Publisher and Editor in Chief of the Pool Magazine, India’s first magazine focused on Design, Innovation and Creative sectors.

He was on the jury panel at the Cannes Lions for Design, at Adfest in Pattya, at Design Turkey, and at Dutch Design Awards. An alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Council for Design and Sudhir is a member of the first India Design Council.

Two decade veteran in design Sudhir sits on the various design, innovation and management Council Boards and Institutions.

Utpal Borpujari is born in Guwahati, Assam Mr Borpujari and winner of the Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) Award for the Best Film Critic at the 50th National Film Awards of India, 2003. A geologist by training and M.Tech in Applied Geology from University of Roorkee (now IIT-Roorkee), he opted journalism as profession.

A member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), Utpal Borpujari has served on several prestigious film juries both in national and international platforms. The list   includes Best Writing on Cinema, 51st National Film Awards of India, 2004, FIPRESCI Jury at the MAMI International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2006, FIPRESCI jury at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival, Aug 26-Sept 6, 2010. He has been in the panel of 10 critics & 10 directors at 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, 2009.

He has co-authored the book “Secret Killings of Assam” (Human Rights Law Network/Nanda Talukdar Foundation) with journalists Mrinal Talukdar and Kaushik Deka. Currently, Utpal is developing scripts for feature films in Assamese/Hindi/English as well as concepts for several documentary films, apart from having completed shooting of a documentary.

Commenting on development core team member of Drishti 2012 Akhil Srivastava said that such an eminent jury adds value and credibility to the Drishti 2012 creative contest and will surly boost our efforts to create awareness for the cause of eye donation.

This is second year in a row that Drishti creative contest is being held in Agra after a grand success to Drishti 2011.