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Monica Wahi

As Founder-Director of SACCF, Monica brings with her rich and varied experience as a curator, content developer and creative producer of children’s films and a deep commitment towards nurturing a relevant and viable children’s film industry in the region.

As a children’s media specialist and creative consultant Monica has developed programming, production and promotion strategies for national and international; private, government and non-profit organisations involved with children’s media in Southasia.

Previously she has served as the Creative Head of Children’s Film Society India; Lennep Media and Going to School.

She was responsible for the development of many Indian children’s productions, including award winning features like Gattu, The World of Goopi and Bagha and UNICEF supported multi-media series - Girl Stars. She was the Curator of one of the largest children’s film festivals in the world - International Children’s film festival India also known as The Golden Elephant– in 2013 and its Creative Head in 2011.

A proponent of a pluralistic Southasian identity, Monica has also planned and coordinated various people to people initiatives between India and Pakistan in the last ten years. She is also the founder of Himmat, a woman’s collective formed by those widowed in the 2002 communal carnage in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

You can reach her at monica@ccfsouthasia.org

Trupti Kanade
Programmes Manager

From producing Television shows to independent documentaries to grassroots Community Radio, Trupti brings with her a wide range of media knowledge and skills along with a keen interest in organising art and culture events.

Previously she worked with Maraa, a media and arts collective, where along with researching policy, she also helmed the adaptation of global Community Learning Program to the Indian context and trained grassroots Community Radio programmers. She has also organised various art, film and cultural events in Bangalore under the interdisciplinary arts programme Spaces for Diverse Publics.

Trupti started her career by assisting the renowned documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan on the award winning film ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’ and later worked as Associate Producer on Miriam Chandy Menacherry’s ‘The Rat Race’ – one of the few documentaries to get theatrical release in India.

Her Television foray includes a stint with CNBC as Features Producer on various popular shows including ‘Beautiful People’ and more recently as Post Producer for Fox Traveller’s ‘Sound Trek’.

With experience and skills across multiple media formats, Trupti is most excited about contributing to innovative and interactive media projects that can impact and transform communities.

You can reach her at trupti@ccfsouthasia.org

Susan Benn
International Adviser

A promoter of SACCF since its inception, Susan is a strong advocate for creative collaboration between Southasia and Europe. She has been travelling to India over the last 30 year as a professional photographer, publisher and editor.

She was the Founder of Performing Arts Labs (PAL), UK and its Director for 24 years until her retirement in 2012. PAL created experimental laboratories for writers, musicians, artists, performers and other creative people including scientists and educators to make brave new work in theatre, film and opera. The annual residential Labs based in England, attracted exceptional talents across disciplines, borders and cultures winning critical acclaim and commercial success.

Some of the popular creative laboratories include European Multimedia Labs (1995-2000), Playwrights Labs for New Writing for Young People (1996-2001), Creative Science Teaching Labs supported by UK’s National Endowment of Science Technology and the Arts (2002-2005) and the Pygmalion Labs (2002-2008) that developed projects in Children's Film, TV and Interactive Media. The success of the Pygmalion editions inspired PAL’s first Screenwriters Lab in India (2009), followed by the Green Screen Lab (2012) in collaboration with Eleaanora Images.

Previously, Susan was a publisher of high quality children’s books in London and developing talent for writing remains her most ardent passion.

You can reach her at susan@ccfsouthasia.org

Catherine Masud
Advocacy Head

A Filmmaker and Film Policy Advocate, Catherine has been residing in Bangladesh since 1995.

She has collaborated with her husband & filmmaking partner Tareque Masud to make numerous shorts, documentaries and features, many of which have won prestigious national and international awards, including the acclaimed feature Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), directed by Tareque, and produced and co-written by her that won the International Critics' Prize at Cannes. Since Tareque’s untimely death in August 2011, Catherine has devoted herself to the archiving and preservation of his work, and chairs the ‘Tareque Masud Memorial Trust’.

A firm believer in an ‘activist engagement with the audience’, Catherine curates film screenings across Bangladesh in collaboration with local community groups, student organizations and film societies.

Her writing and advocacy work on film policy led to a series of major reforms aimed at reviving the declining film industry in Bangladesh. More recently she has served as an adviser to the Bangladesh National Film Archives and the National Film and Television Institute (under development). She also teaches courses and workshops on various aspects of cinema at universities and training institutes in Bangladesh and USA.

A founder member of SACCF, she also serves on the Advisory Committee of the annual Bangladesh Children's Film Festival in Dhaka.

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