IFFM Awards Jury

Best Film from the Subcontinent Jury

Onir

Onir, born Anirban Dhar in Bhutan, is an acclaimed Indian filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter. Notable for "My Brother...Nikhil'' and the crowd-funded "I Am," he tackles themes like AIDS, same-sex relationships, and LGBTQI+ rights. His memoir "I Am Onir and I Am Gay" was published in 2022. Onir's semi-autobiographical film "Pine Cone'' premiered at various international festivals, winning multiple awards. He is currently working on a SonyLiv web series about the Pulwama Attack and a sequel to his award-winning film "I Am" titled "We Are."

Streaming Platform Awards (Available in Australia) Jury

Adrienne Mckibbins

Film journalist Adrienne has had a long-standing interest in Indian Cinema. She has published a number of articles on Indian cinema, and was a member of the nomination council advising on Indian film for the Australia Pacific Screen Awards.

She acted as researcher on Indian cinema for the co-production between APSA and CNN film on Asian cinema.

Adrienne has served on a number of Asian film juries including the FIPRESCI jury at the Delhi Film Festival . Adrienne is currently the awards manager for the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

Anna M.M. Vetticad

Anna M.M. Vetticad is an award-winning journalist, author of The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic, and feminist. She is known for her unique no-holds-barred critiques of cinema from a socio-political perspective, and her fearless commentary on current affairs. She is a women’s rights and minority rights advocate.

Naman Ramachandran

Naman Ramachandran is an international correspondent with Variety with South Asia, Southeast Asia, U.K. and Ireland as territory specialities. Naman’s work as an author includes Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography (Penguin) and Lights, Camera, Masala: Making Movies In Mumbai (IBH). He is the writer and a producer of Netflix original film Brahman Naman.

Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta is an award-winning Indian journalist, author, and film critic who currently writes columns for The Indian Express. She has crafted an impressive career as a film critic for over thirty years, and has also written the book 50 Films That Changed Bollywood which centred around the development of the Indian film Industry.

Shubhra has also served as a member of the Central Board of Film Certification from 2012 to 2015. From this, we went on to win the Ramnath Goenka Award for Best Writing on Cinema in 2012. Shubhra is one of the most regarded film critics of India. We are privileged to have Shubhra join our IFFM web series jury for the 2022 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne!