Meenakshi Shedde is India/South Asia Consultant to the Berlin International Film Festival, based in Mumbai, India. She has diverse experience as an independent film curator, film festival consultant, film critic, journalist and script advisor, as well as in English sub-titling. She has been India/Asia Curator/Consultant to the Locarno, Toronto (TIFF Bell Light Box), Busan, Dubai, Kerala and Mumbai film festivals, and the International Film Festival of India (Goa).
Winner of India’s National Award for Best Film Critic, Shedde has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She is Script Advisor to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab. She has directeda film,Looking for Amitabh, and line-produced five international, feature-length documentaries shot in India, including Comrades in Dreams, directed by Uli Gaulke (Germany), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival. She has 30 years’ experience in journalism, and freelances for Variety, Screen International, Cahiers du Cinema,Times of India,rouge.com.au, Forbes and Sunday Mid-day.
Twitter handle: @MeenakshiShedde
City I call home: Mumbai, India
Area of cinema I am most passionate about: Asian cinema
A film that changed me/my mind: Fellini’s La Strada (The Road), because it makes you realize how meek and “useless” people can powerfully, if unintentionally, change your destiny.
MIFF film I’m most looking forward to: Tsai Ming Liang’s Journey to the West.
I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because: it is a great opportunity to share – and learn.
Cinema excites me because: it’s my life.