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Rohena Gera, nominated Best Script for Sir at Imagineindia 2020

Rohena Gera studied at Stanford University and Sarah Lawrence College. She works as a scriptwriter for Indian cinema. She also engages in non-profit campaigns to defend peace and equality.

In 2003, Rohena Gera made her screenwriting debut for the first season of the Indian comedy-drama television series Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin on Sony Entertainment Television.

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Marija Kavtaradze, nominated Best Script for Summer Survivors at Imagineindia 2020

Born in 1991, film director and scriptwriter Marija Kavtaradzė graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Film Directing studies in 2014. One of her latest short fiction film I’mTwenty Something, 2014 won best student film at Lithuanian Film Academy Awards Silver Crane 2015. Marija Kavtaradzė also co-written the feature film The Saint dir. Andrius Blazevicius, that M-Films also produced, which was premiered at Busan IFF and Warsaw ISFF in 2016, later on had a theatrical release in Lithuania in 2017, with the box office of more than 250 000 Eur. Considered to be one of the most talented upcoming filmmakers in Lithuania,
Marija Kavtaradze was granted support from Lithuanian Film Centre for her debut feature film Summer Survivors.

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Isaac (Jurgis Matulevicius) nominated for Best Screenplay at Imagineindia 2020

Jurgis MatuleviciusSaule VliuvaiteNerijus Milerius have been nominated for Best Screenplay.

Jurgis Matulevičius (b. 1989) is a director, screenwriter and editor form Vilnius, Lithuania.  He graduated from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy with a degree in film directing.  Jurgis has worked with well-known Lithuanian film directors Šarūnas Bartas, Algimantas Puipa and others.  He recently made 4 short films: “Absurd People” (2011), “Anima Animus” (2012), “Victim” (2013), “Interrogator” (2015) that were seen and evaluated well by critics, festivals and audiences in Lithuania and abroad. “Isaac” is his first feature.  Currently he is working on a short documentary “The Golden Flask” where he is a Director of Photography as well.

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Hamed Behdad, nominated Best Actor for Castle of Dreams at Imagineindia 2020

Hamed Behdad (born 17 November 1973) is an Iranian actor and singer. A popular actor in Iran, he has won the Golden Goblet for Best Actor in 2019  Shanghai International Film Festival for his role in Castle of Dreams. Hamed Behdad for the first time won Crystal Simorgh for Crime movie in 2011.

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Dainius Gavenonis, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Isaac (Jurgis Matulevicius)

Lithuanian theater and cinema actor Dainius Gavenonis is a winner of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, earlier has received awards from the Ministry of Culture, Golden Stage Cross (main Lithuanian Theatre award), Silver Crane (main cinema award), and other awards for excellent roles. Kaunas born and grown actor currently performs at Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theater and Lithuanian National Drama Theater. He plays in numerous films made in Lithuania and appears one of most used actors of his generation in cinema.

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Tillotama Shome, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Sir (Rohena Gera)

Tillotama Shome is an Indian film actress. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for her role in A Death In The Gunj.

Born in Kolkata, India, Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. She went to Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and became a part of Arvind Gaur‘s Asmita theatre group.  She moved to New York in the Autumn of 2004 for a master’s programme in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and, after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008.  In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison.

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Paulius Markevicius, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Summer Survivors

Paulius Markevicius is one of the most active young generations talent in theatre and performance field. Since 2010 Paulius Markevičius is carrying the ball in many different theatre and film productions. He has established his woks in National theatres as well as independent productions in Lithuania. Monodrama “albert,WRU”( 2017 ) was nominated for Golden Cross stage award, whilst upcoming works are supported by the Ministry of Culture. His work in independent field was appreciated with Young artist prize in collaboration with Arts and Science Laboratory ( 2018 ).

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Kani Kusruti, nominated Best Actress for Biriyaani (Sajin Babu) at Imagineindia

Kani was born in ThiruvananthapuramKerala, to social activist and rationalist parents Jayasree AK and Maitreya Maitreyan. Her parents had dropped their last names to erase the social hierarchy marker that comes with last names in India. At 15, she invented her last name “Kusruti” (meaning “mischievous” in Malayalam) to fill in a requirement in her class 10th exam application. She grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, where she got introduced to the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, “a common platform for theatre practitioners”. She later moved to Thrissur, where she enrolled in the theatre arts program at the Thrissur Drama School, between 2005 and 2007. She completed her theatre education at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she studied physical theatre for two years.

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