GUEST OF HONOUR

JEFFERY REDDICK

Jeffrey Reddick is a screenwriter, director and producer. Born in Jackson, Kentucky, Reddick is best known for creating the Final Destination franchise. At age 14, Reddick wrote a 10-page treatment of a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, and sent it to New Line Cinema. Though at first the film studio refused Reddick’s unsolicited material, Reddick was persistent, and eventually got studio founder Robert Shaye to read it. This led to a letter-and-phone relationship between Reddick and Shaye that lasted for years. While in college, Reddick started interning at New Line, and worked at the studio for almost 11 years. In 2000, New Line produced Reddick’s screenplay Final Destination. The horror film was a massive hit, spawning a franchise including four sequels, as well as several comic books and novels.

AKSHAY SHERE

Akshay Shere started his career 15 years ago and made a killing in the industry by assisting one of the most influential filmmakers of India, Ram Gopal Verma, in films like Sarkar, Darna Zaroori Hai and others! His independent creation, The Emotional Attyachar fetched him scores of applaud from critics and the audience. READ MORE

SHAKIL KHAN

A well known name in the field of photography, Shakil A. Khan started his career as an assistant cameraman in films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Hum Tum, Pyaare Mohan and then worked independently as a ‘Director of Photography’. Being a cinematographer at heart, he has shot films like Dia Vs Diya, Chakradhaar, Mar Jawa Gud Khake, and has even worked for Marathi films like Biker’s Adaa, Shortcut. READ MORE

SHRITEJ PATVARDHAN

After completing his specialisation in the field of VFX, Shritej started his career working with Prime Focus as a ‘VFX artiste’. Over the years, he developed a vigorous portfolio of more than 50 films, both international and Indian, with which he has stamped his authority in VFX designing. He has rendered his services on high profile Bollywood films such as “Rockstar”, “Agent Vinod” and “Ra. One”; on international films like “The Great Gatsby”, “Total Recall”, “Resident Evil: Retribution”; and few Marathi films, which included “Zapatlela 2” (first ever 3D stereoscopic film), “Lai Bhaari”, and “Poster Girl”. Predisposition towards direction meant, Shritej took the plunge and donned the hat of an assistant director for films like “The Path of Zarathustra”, “Holding Back” and “Phurrr”. Ask about his Mantra for life? The answer is evident: Eat, sleep and drink Cinema.

NEIL D’SILVA

Neil D’Silva is known especially for Maya’s New Husband, his debut novel. He regularly figures on Amazon bestseller lists and is frequently listed among the top ten horror writers from India. With six books to his credit, Neil D’Silva is a known name in the Indian literary world. His stories have found universal appeal and acclaim in both the literary world as well as the world of visual media. He has been named as one of the Top 7 Indian horror writers to be read by UK’s DESIblitz magazine. Neil D’ Silva is a member of the international Horror Writers Association.

VISHAL FURIA

Known for giving Marathi Cinema its first classic horror film in over 100 years, Vishal Furia directed “Lapachhapi” was India’s first horror movie to get officially selected for the Brooklyn International Film Festival. The engineer turned filmmaker is acknowledged by his story-telling and character building skills which helped him win several accolades in the categories of Direction, technical and acting categories including the Best Talented New Director Award at the Madrid International Filmmakers Festival. After spending 13 years in television, Vishal’s persistence and determination help him make inroads into the film industry despite being an outsider.