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Waterfront Festival of International Films Lavasa
Advisory Board

Reza Deghati (Iran)

Chainman Advisory Board


Advisory Board of the festival is headed by the world famous Reza Deghati (IRAN), as Chairman. One of the top most International photographers, Reza is a distinguished philanthropist, idealist and President of AINA, a leading NGO.

Reza stands out as an astonishing authority in creativity. National Geographic TV has produced several films on Reza’s work. One of them received Emmy Award., Reza is recipient of many awards over the course of his career. He is also a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and France has also appointed him a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.

Zohreh Zamani (Iran)

Member Advisory Board


Iranian independent filmmaker Zohreh Zamani who is credited with six fiction films which grabbed awards participating in prestigious festivals. She received an award in the Guilan Film Festival in Iran for her short film ‘Back Sitter’ in 2006, Best Short Film Award in the 11th Religion Today Film Festival in Italy for her film ‘Come on, Everybody is Asleep’ in 2008 and secured the first position as director for the same film at the Birjand Short Film Festival in Iran

Sriram Raghvan (India)

Member Advisory Board 


Sriram Raghavan (India), is  well known for making some of the most path-breaking and successful thrillers and notable for producing the Docu-Fiction on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thhee. His other famous films are Jonny Gaddar, Agent Vinod. His latest film Andhadhun won him many awards including Film fare Critics Award for Best Film, received positive reviews and is considered one of the most successful films. He is a member of Advisory Board of the Kautic International Student Film Festival and Waterfront Festival of International Films Lavasa

Uma Da Cunha (India) 

Member Advisory Board 


Uma Da Cunha is Editor and Publisher of Films India International, Uma is well known personally amongst the International Film Festivals’ clan. She has assisted and has been Indian Representative for major prestigious festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and Bussan. She is also the programmer for the Dubai International Film Festival as well as the UN festival for Desertification held in Rome.

Jamal Shah ( Pakistan

Member Advisory Board



An actor, director, painter and social worker, In 1984 Jamal Shah established the Fine Arts Department at the University of Baluchistan and headed the department for three years. In 1985, he founded the Artists Association of Baluchistan as the Chairman. He is currently the director of HunarKada art academy in Islamabad which he founded in 1992.

Shabnam Sukhdev 

Member Advisory Board


Award winning film maker, Shabnam Sukhdev is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has previously worked in Mumbai film and television industry as writer, director and producer for over two decades. Shabnam migrated to Canada in 2002 where she was a part of the programming committee of Global Visions Documentary Film Festival in Edmond, Alberta. She was honored with the National Award in India for feature length documentary on her father S Sukhdev, the renoened documentary film maker, “ Earth Crusador”

Katia Melatesta (Italy)

Member Advisory Board


Katia Malesta is the founder of Today International Festival of Cinema and Religion, Trento, Italy in 1997 as the first film festival in the world dedicated to film and dialogue between religions. She was the Jury member of Dhaka International Film Festival 2012. Katia is the Director of Religion Today and she dedicates the Women’s’ image as well as condition at least one section every year.


Simone Semprini (Italy)

Member Advisory Board


Simone Semprini is the Chairman of The Religion Today International Festival of Cinema and Religion, Trento, Italy. Simone has been associated with many International Film Festivals including Dhaka International Film Festival as Jury Member.