SAFM - 2019

Jury Members


Head of Production for SK Global Entertainment

KILIAN KERWIN is Head of Production (South Asia & Latin America) for SK Global Entertainment, where he oversees local-language projects in various territories as well as particular international English-language motion picture and television ventures, including the development of the global phenomenon, CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Kilian is Executive Producer of two Hindi-language projects streaming on Netflix, DELHI CRIME and GHOUL, as well as a third which in post-production, BETAAL. He is also Co-Producer of THE SKY IS PINK, which will premiere at TIFF 2019 and stars Priyanka Chopra. Having started in production (as assistant to acclaimed director Tony Scott), Kilian moved into the development arena, first as an executive and then as a screenwriter. Over a ten-year span he wrote feature film projects for Universal Pictures, Miramax, Paramount Pictures, Fox 2000, Dreamworks Animation, and Twentieth Century Fox. Kilian also wrote and directed a feature film, LEARNING CURVES, which aired on Showtime Networks and stars Sophia Bush.


actor, producer

Abhay Deol is an actor, a producer, a film curator. A man of few words who lets his work and films do the talking bit. Abhay has carved a niche for himself with films like Dev D, Raanjhanaa, Manorama six feet under, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Shaangai and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Abhay Deol has a legacy of powerful and strong films to his credit which has always got him critical acclaim. With a huge fan-following across the globe, Abhay has always stood for the cause of parallel cinema too. You may call him a non-conformist but Abhay’s panache of portraying complex characters is matched by very few in the cinema world.
He has been prolific on his views regarding nepotism, sexism, feminism, pay disparity and even cinema at large. His last film was Netflix’ Chopsticks and he will now be portraying a negative role in Mithran’s ‘Hero.’ Abhay is said to have a very keen sense of scripts and talent. Always known for his unique choices, it will be interesting to see how he champions this combination of talent and script in the coming year. After all, he has indeed never been the one to walk the beaten path.


Head of Content Development & Creative at Hotstar, India

Saugata Mukherjee is the Head of Content Development & Creative at Hotstar, India’s largest OTT platform. At Hotstar Saugata develops original scripted and unscripted shows and direct to digital feature films. He has previously been with Star TV India in various senior roles in network television. Prior to his tenure at Star India, Saugata spent several years in publishing.
His last publishing role was at Pan Macmillan India where he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief heading the imprints Pan, Macmillan and Picador. He also was the Managing Editor at HarperCollins. Saugata lives in Mumbai with his wife, son and his pet labrador retriever.


MD & Co-Founder, M! Capital Ventures

Saurabh Gupta is the Managing Director & Co-Founder of M! Capital Ventures since 2015, managinga Film and Media focused Alternative Investment Fund.The fund has successfully invested in a slate of movie projects a cross Productions and Distributions. Saurabh is the lead producer of the upcoming Hollywood-French-Indian coproduction “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” (Dhanush), “Bhonsle”(Manoj Bajpayee) and “Rambo” (Tiger Shroff )which is the official Indian remake of the original Hollywood franchise. He has successfully promoted and distributed Blockbuster Films like Baahubali 2 (Hindi), Rustom, Raees, Kaabil, Sachin A Billion Dreams,Toilet-Ek Prem Katha in South East Asia.


CEO, ZEE Studios

ZEE Studios is amongst the leading Film Studios in India. It is the film arm of ZEE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LTD, India’s leading media conglomerate. Recent releases include Dhadak, Secret Superstar, Rustom and upcoming releases are Manikarnika and Kesari.
Shariq Patel an MBA has over 20 years of diverse and rich experience across various industries spanning Financial Services, Radio, Internet, Telecom, Sports Management and Films. He has spent the last decade in films starting off with being Executive Vice President, Production, Viacom18 before starting his own venture Trigno Media Pvt Ltd under which he produced “ Dharam Sankat Mein”starring Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah. At Zee Studios his portfolio includes driving all in house content creation for Zee including Television and Digital.

participating film maker


“Keeda is about urban landscapes, about social pressures. It is about dual lives and instinctual desires. It is about violence. It is about survival.

Director: Soumitra Ranade

Soumitra Ranade is a Mumbai based filmmaker who has been involved in writing directing and producing a wide range of animation and live-action projects in feature films, TV serials, documentaries and short experimental genres. His most notable work is Jajantaram Mamantaram, Karadi Tales. Bandbudh Aur Budbak, Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa and Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? Soumitra has written and designed many children’s books and he is the Chairman-Founder of Paperboat Design Studios.

Producer: Paperboat Design Studios Pvt. Ltd.

Paperboat Design Studios Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2011 Paperboat has delivered top quality projects in design, animation and films to clients such as: McCann, Ogilvy, Cinestaan, Zee, World Bank, IIT Bombay, Harper Collins, Coca Cola, Cadburys, Nestle, Burger King, Reebok and many more. Some of their noteworthy feature films are: Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa, Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? Bandbudh aur Budbak and Bombay Rose.

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