Meenakshi Shedde is India and South Asia Delegate, Berlin Film Festival, pre-selecting films since 1998, and independent film curator, based in Mumbai. Winner of India’s National Film Award for Best Film Critic, she has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She has been Script Mentor/Consultant on Script Labs worldwide, and is on the selection committees of top script and film funds in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Labs-India, Venice Film Festival’s Biennale College Cinema, Locarno Film Festival, Hubert Bals Fund- IFF Rotterdam, Asia Pacific Screen Lab, Australia; National Film Development Corp, India, Sultana’s Dream, an all-women lab addressing sexual abuse, Bangladesh; and Clinik, Docskool, Nepal. She has been curator/Programmer/Consultant with the Berlin Film Festival, TIFF Cinematheque-Toronto, Locarno, Busan, Dubai Film Festivals; British Film Institute and Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia. A journalist, she freelances for Variety, Screen International, Sight & Sound, Film Comment and Cahiers du Cinema; is a columnist with Midday, and has written for/edited 21 books.
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