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Sagar Desai, winner of Best Music at Imagineindia 2020 for Kadakh

Sagar Desai is a prolific international musician based in Mumbai, India. He has composed music for 18 Indian, French and American films. A self-taught musician, Sagar grew up jamming with his cousins in the suburbs of Chicago. After earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, he began his career at a design firm to further his interest in the visual arts. Two years later, he moved to Chennai, to help a friend produce an album which never got made. Sagar was led to musician Sandeep Chowta while working on ad films. After two years in Chennai, he moved to Mumbai, to work in the Hindi Film Industry. In Mumbai, Sagar worked with artists such as Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Sivamani and Adesh Shrivastav. He also formed a band with friend and rapper Blaaze, called Zambezi Funk, before striking out on his own as the Music Director for the critically acclaimed film Mixed-Doubles. Since then, Sagar has composed tracks and background music for 17 films. Most recently, Sagar has composed the background score to The Japanese Wife by Aparna Sen, A Death In The Gunj by Sen Sharma and Kadakh by Rajat Kapoor. Two time winner for Best Music at Imagineindia International Film Festival Madrid.

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SEAN PRICE WILLIAMS, NOMINATED BEST DOP FOR ONE MAN DIES ONE MILLION TIMES (JESSICA ORECK)

Williams is known for his textured, fluid camerawork (often handheld) and a heightened attention to available light. The New Yorker film critic Richard Brody described Williams (in a memorial appraisal of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, for whom Williams served extensively as cameraman) as “the cinematographer for many of the best and most significant independent films of the past decade, fiction and documentary — including FrownlandYeastFake It So RealThe Color WheelYoung Bodies Heal QuicklyListen Up Philip, the Safdie brothers‘ … Heaven Knows What, and Alex Ross Perry‘s new [as of 2015] feature Queen of Earth.”

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Konstantin Esadze, nominated Best DOP for Shindisi at Imagineindia 2020

Born in Georgia, grown up in filmmakers family. Konstantin is one of the best DOP in Georgia.

1989-94 Tbilisi State university, Faculty of Georgian philology
1994-98 Tbilisi State Institute of Theatre and Film – Faculty of Film and TV Cameraman.
1999-2001 Tbilisi State Institute Of Theatre and Film – Faculty of Hight Director Courses.

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Molly Stuart, nominated to Best Documentary at Imagineindia 2020 for Objector

Molly is a director, producer, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Molly was a 2018 Women Peace and Security Fellow and 2019 Resident with SFFILM. While earning an MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, Molly won the Bill Nichols Excellence in Cinema Award, the Canon Best in Show Award, the Spotlight on Women in Film Award, and the Barbara Hammer Award. Her first feature documentary, Objector, won awards at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival and landed in the Top 10 Audience Favorites at IDFA. Molly came to filmmaking as a community organizer and continues that work today.

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Narvydas Naujalis, nominated Best DOP for Isaac at Imagineindia 2020

“Thinking about Lithuanian cinema, we want to be happy that we are gradually abandoning the complexes of a small country and stop comparing it with the big countries of the film industry. Our thinking, identity, and minority can just as well be the strengths to help construct an authentic film narrative. I am also happy with the exceptional nominees for this year’s awards, “said Narvydas Naujalis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Cinematographers’ Association, at the beginning of the ceremony.

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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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