Speaker Akanksha Sood Singh is a Delhi based filmmaker, photographer and entrepreneur. She was awarded the 61st National Film Award for her directorial debut ‘The Pad Piper’ (2014) as well as the 62nd National Film Award for Best editing for her film ‘Tigress Blood’ (2015). Akanksha is at the forefront of international natural history and documentary programming in India. With a debut in research and production, her multi-tasking skills and eye for a story have enabled her to bring big-ticket productions, from feature films to award winning documentaries to life, and have been instrumental in opening doors for Indian filmmakers to direct commissions from international broadcasters in the wildlife film genre.
Discussant Vasan Bala is a Mumbai based actor and writer, known for The Lunchbox (2013), Bombay Velvet (2015) and Dev D (2009). His influences range from Manmohan Desai to Mani Ratnam, Kubrick to Scorsese and Emir Kusturica. After assisting Anurag Kashyap on Dev.D, Gangs of Wasseypur and Bombay Velvet, Vasan Bala made his feature debut with ‘Peddlers’ which was screened at the Cannes Critics Week and was nominated for the Golden Camera in 2012.