Animela Festival

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The Core TEAM

Kireet Khurana​

Festival Director

  • 6 President’s National Film Awards
  • 15 International awards besides 50+ assorted awards for defining works.
  • Conceived & Co-founded: The Animation Society of India.
  • Jury – Mumbai International Festival (2006 & 2020) .
  • Presented ‘India Animation Retrospective’ at Annecy.

Event Director

  • 3 decades of marketing renowned brands & IPs on national & international platforms: IIFA Awards for 7 years.
  • The Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver & South Africa India Film & Television Awards 2013.
  • Managed opening & closing ceremonies: 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi & launched the Mumbai Indians with Reliance Industries.

Artistic Director

  • Media professional with 2 decades of experience in film & entertainment events.
  • Head of Program : IIFA Film Festivals, IKFF and Indian Retrospective at Marrakech International Film Fest.
  • Cross-culture facilitator between European & Indian festivals, producers & distributors.

Executive Director

  • Media professional with 18+ years of experience; a decade in the children’s content space.
  • Artistic Director: International Kids Film Festival 2020, India.
  • Producer of 75+ award-winning short films for children with 7 National Award Films.

Education & Youth Director

  • Founder of pioneering organization Toon Club with 68 International awards, 4 Industry recognition awards.
  • Festival Partner: International Kids Film Festival 2020, India.
  • Jury of Educators : 38th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Poznan (2020).

Corporate Alliances

  • M&E Professional with 20+ years of experience; recognized in multiple roles as speaker, presenter, jury, etc.
  • Set up content practice for Unilever at Mindshare; set up revenue vertical for Times studio
  • Business development for films and series at Climb Media


Mickaël Marin

Director, Annecy Animation Film Festival and MIFA - France

Ashish Kulkarni

Chairman, FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics - India

Nina Sabnani​

Chair- Immersive Learning, Srishti, IADT, Adjunct Professor, IIT, Distinguished Professor, School of Design, UPES, - India​

Mohit Soni​

Chief Executive Officer, Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) - India

Milind Shinde

Founder & CEO, 88 Pictures

Aneta Ozorek

Aneta Ozorek

Artistic Director of Kaboom Animation Festival, film curator, and education expert - Netherlands

Shilpa Ranade

Educator, Filmmaker, Writer and Illustrator - India

Akash Menon

Head of Sports and Gaming, Tulsea - India

Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

Film Director, Illustrator - India

Neeraj Roy

Founder & CEO, Hungama Digital Media - India

Nishith Takia

Nishith Takia

Author / Film Maker - India

Arjun Madhavan

CEO, Assemblage Entertainment, Animation film producer - India

Saraswati Vani Balgam​

President, ASIFA India, Creative Producer, Dancing Atoms Studios, Mentor, Epic Games - USA