2nd International Film Festival of Shimla

Pushp Raj Thakur
Founder Director
International Film Festival of Shimla 

Being the owner of Himalayan Velocity Media House and Himalayan Velocity Travels, Pushp Raj is always a man of unconventional ideas and creativities with a heart of entrepreneurship. He is the producer of a renowned documentary film ‘No Woman’s Land’ which had won handful of awards in many film festivals. Moreover he had undertaken the production of short films and documentaries for government organizations as well as corporate houses. It is because of the reason to be a professional vagabond, the successful journey in hospitality management and tourism started a decade ago leaving behind his foot prints. Pushp Raj is a recognized expert in the fields of Media, Adventure Tourism, Rural & Cultural Tourism, Eco-Tourism, and involved in the promotion of the Custom and Handicraft of Himachal Pradesh.

M D. Negi 

Professor and Head of TV Production
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII)

A native of District Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, he did his Post-Graduate Diploma in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII). He was awarded the Dutch Government fellowship in 1999 to research on Television academics at Hilversum in the Netherlands.
He also served as Producer for UNESCO sponsored film which won National Award. Teaching Production & Direction in FTII for more than two decades. He is at present Professor and Head of TV Production in Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Arun Kumar Sharma (HAS)
Department of Language & Culture
Government of Himachal Pradesh

Sanjeev Sood
Cinematographer, Director and Producer

A native of Kangra and alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Sanjeev Sood is a seasoned media professional with experience of almost three decades as a Cinematographer, Director and Producer of films, videos and television programs. He has extensive international filming experience in over twenty one countries.
Besides several global short films and television projects, his work includes over hundred documentaries, short fiction films, television programs and commercials. He is associated with several prestigious media institutions in the country where he conducts master classes at regular intervals.
Sanjeev has also served as:
> Member of the ‘Regional Screening Committee’ (RSC) of Films Division of India for screening of proposals from independent film makers for production of documentary films.
> Member of the film preview and selection committee for the 43rd International Film Festival of India wherein he viewed and recommended films for participation in the ‘International Competition’ and ‘Cinema of the World’ sections of IFFI 2012 held at Goa
> Member of Jury for 'IDPA Awards for Excellence 2011-12' at Indian Documentary Producers' Association.

SR Harnot (एस आर हरनोट)
Author,Photographer,Travel Writer & Social Worker

Renowned writer of Himachal Pradesh. He Authored 13 books which includes 4 books on Himachal Pradesh, one Hindi Novel, 7 HIndi short story books titled Panza, Aakashbel, Peeth Par Pahar, Darosh, Jeenkathi, Mitti ke Log, Aadhar Chayan Kahaniyaan, One English Short stories book titled Mafia(translated by Mrs.Saroj Vashisth & one book titled Himachal at a Glance(joint work with Raj Pal).
List of awards and nominations received by SR Harnot:

Awards/Samaan: International Indu Sharma Katha Samaan
Himachal Sahitya Academy Samaan
JC Joshi Shabd Sadhak Janpriya Lekhak Samaan(Pakhi)
Sahitya aur Paryatan Samaan by Himachal Tourism
Bhartendu Harishchandra award
Sahitya Samaan by Creative Writers Foundation Delhi
Himachal Gaurav and Himachal Kesari Award
Sahitya Samaan by Prachin Kala Kendra Chandigarh
Hindi Sewa Samaan by Malwa Rangmunch Smiti Ujjain

Abhishek Arun
Creative Head at Framezomania & RADIO MAYUR 90.8 FM

Gul Reyaz