• The aim of the festival is to eliminate myths and misconceptions that individuals have related to sex, sexuality, gender including sexual and reproductive health and rights and instead provide a scope for discussion and sharing of information in an entertaining manner while promoting and encouraging the audio-visual medium as a tool for change.
  • Congratulations to the all Winners

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FPA India Award for Best Film (Fiction/Non-Fiction) Awarded By Jury



Prachiti Khavte



Ankita Sorot

Most Popular Narrative Film (Fiction) Awarded By Audience


Shubhanshi Mishra

Most Popular Documentary Film (Non-Fiction) awarded by audience


Srinidhi Iyer

Best Director (Fiction/Non-Fiction) Awarded By Jury


Shubhanshi Mishra

FPA India Award for Expression (Best Content- Fiction/Non-Fiction) award


Shubhanshi Mishra

Jury Members

Dr. Sharada

Dr. Sharada is active in the developmental sector for the last 32 years as a teacher, researcher, trainer and programme manager. She is the Director of Population First for the last 15 years. She had the opportunity to work with international agencies like UNICEF, UNFPA and other Non-government organizations as a consultant. She was on the faculty of the Central University of Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur. 
She was invited by the State Department of US to represent India under the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Role of NGOs in Global Gender Issues.  She is special invitee to State Supervisory Board on PCPNDT Act, and a member of the Committee constituted to suggest amendments to MTP Act.
She has been reviewing ads in Campaign India Magazine as Gender Expert for the last couple of years. She was on the jury of ABBY award for gender sensitivity and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the New Vision Fellowship for Script Writers. 

Mr. Naiyer Ghufran

Mr. Naiyer Ghufran has been working as a Director of Photography in the Indian Film Industry on various feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos for over the past seven years. He is India's premier aerial cinematographer, having received his training from Pictorvision in the US, and rendering his skills on exclusive projects such as I For India and Everest. His credits range from documentaries on architecture (Charles Correa) and dance (Alarmel Valli) to second unit work on films such as Mohenjo-Daro. His Bengali feature Roktokorobi, directed by Amitava Bhattacharya, is currently running in theatres. 

Ms. Mitali Chowhan

Mitali Chowhan has over two decades of Marketing, Communications and Consumer Behaviour experience, working extensively in the Commercial Corporate sector in India and Europe. Her career spans grassroots' Social Research in rural India as well as leadership roles in MNCs headquartered in Europe.
In recent years, Mitali has been pursuing Indian Art History, and also Social Causes including Anti—Human trafficking.

Ms. Jameen

Jameen is a passionate human rights activist, who is a strong believer in working with the Arts as a vehicle to influence change. 
Jameen set- up and led the Reproductive Rights unit at the Human Rights Law Network which went onto achieve a ground-breaking judgement that for the first time in history held a government accountable for a preventable maternal death. 
Jameen has worked with Amnesty International  for 12 years+ in various roles  - includes:  Regional Campaign Director, South Asia and  Senior Campaign strategist on Amnesty's global priority campaign - My Body My Rights - which focused on greater implementation of reproductive rights for women and girls. 
Jameen holds a L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway Ireland.

Ms. Vinitha Venkatraman

Vinitha Venkatraman brings together media, communication and the social perspective to create solutions for the development sector and corporate social responsibility. Having worked in leading positions with two leading organizations in their respective sector: Times of India (Media), National AIDS Control Organization (HIV AIDS-social sector), she has an understanding of media, corporate bodies, government, society and strategies to develop integrated solutions under CSR.
She founded VIVA Development Strategies in 2013 that has 12 clients in less than three years - 4 global organizations (World Health Organization, University of California & Los Angeles, Sonrisas De Bombay, Girl Rising), 3 corporate clients (Novartis, Bharat Petroleum, Sutherland), 5 development firms, NGOs and agencies (PATH, Global Health Strategies, Futures International, Karnataka State Promotion Trust, Family Planning Association of India). The projects are in the social space and display her expertise in strategic consulting, knowledge, partnerships, implementation, capacity building, communication, advocacy and reporting of CSR.

  • All young people should become empowered to make choices that lead to healthy, fulfilled lives.

  • Every young person is unique and diverse – Young people’s diversities may be enabling or limiting depending on the context in which they live. Youth services, programs and education should be designed and delivered in an equitable way that is responsive to their diversities

  • Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction

  • A girl child who is even a little bit educated is more conscious of family planning, health care and, in turn, her children's own education.

    Azim Premji

  • You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.

    Hillary Clinton

  • Sexual rights embrace human rights. They include the right of all persons, free of coercion, discrimination and violence

  • Every individual, regardless of age, has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and well-being, including sexual and reproductive health

About Film Festival Director

Abhishek Bandekar is a writer-filmmaker in his early 30s. He began as a film-critic, writing frequent reviews for an Australian website (eFilmCritic) covering Hollywood films and later had a weekly cinema column in an English language daily published out of Pune (Sakaal Times). He forayed into filmmaking a few years later, working on several projects, varying from documentaries to feature films (Indian and Internantional) and commercials, in a wide range of capacities as co-writer, chief assistant director, production executive and associate director. He also holds the distinction of having been a part of the only aerial filmmaking project in India thus far, Adlabs Imagica's I For India, wherein more than a 100 locations were shot aerially from a helicopter across a period of 3 years. He turned independent director soon after, directing AVs, documentaries and a commercial or two. He has been a partner of a production house (Zeitgeist Films AFD) for the past 5 years, line-producing local as well as foreign projects. He is presently working on a feature film script that he intends to direct at the earliest.

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