Saturday, January 30, 2016

IAWRT India Chapter - A new board is in place

A New Board is in Place

We would like to share with you that the recent elections of the India Chapter have been completed and a new team is in place with the following board members:

Archana Kapoor (Managing Trustee)
Radha Misra (Secretary)
Iram Ghufran (Treasurer)

Executive board members (trustees)
Anjali Monteiro
Bina Paul
Chandita Mukherji
Mausumi Bhattacharyya
Sania Farooqui

The New Board would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous Board for having held the fort for 3 successful years. The Board also deeply appreciates the contribution of late Jai Chandiram in setting up the India Chapter in 2005. She was one of the earliest women broadcasters in India and the first Asian President of International Association of Women in Radio and Television.

The new team has many plans for their two year term which include:

  • Expanding Membership
  • Training young and emerging media practitioners both in the country and in South Asia
  • Greater interaction with non-profit organisations contributing to feminist issues
The New Board would like members to write in with suggestions for activities the India Chapter could undertake and what they themselves would like to volunteer for.

The main activity of the Chapter is to organise the annual IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival held every year around International Women's Day in New Delhi. It showcases works by women directors of Asian origin ranging from animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction to fiction feature.

The festival was launched in 2005 and has grown in strength and popularity with filmmakers coming from all over the world to participate. The festival has travelled to many Indian cities and selections have been screened at other festivals like Birds Eye View Film Festival 2011, London, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2011 and Vasakh Festival Lahore 2012.

This year the festival is helmed by Umadevi Tanuku (Festival Director) and Aaradhana Kapur Kohli (Festival Co-Director). Since the last three years the festival has also included an audio component called Soundfiles. The entries for Soundfiles has been on the rise and clearly recognises the importance of radio too. The festival provides a platform for showcasing art too and invites artistes to host exhibitions. 

We take this opportunity to welcome all members to the 12th edition of the festival to be held at the India International Centre from 3-5 March 2016.