IFF – Mentors

Abbas Tyrewala

Abbas Tyrewala is an Indian film storywriter, screenwriter, dialogue writer and director with award-winning films like Maqbool (2003), Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003). He made his debut as a director with, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008).

Aliza Vellani

Aliza Vellani is a Canadian actress best known for her role on the hit CBC television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. Vellani’s other works include The X-Files, Riverdale and Marvel’s Super Hero Adventures, an animation short series where Vellani plays the teenage Muslim super hero Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel.

Dr. Anar Rajabali

Dr. Anar Rajabali is an educator, poet and researcher in language and literacy education. Her arts-based dissertation, (Re)turning to the Poetic I/Eye: Towards a Literacy of Light, is a personal, philosophical and pedagogical meditation into the kinship between poetry, spirituality and the quest for knowledge.

Devyani Saltzman

Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer, curator and journalist with a deep interest in relevant multidisciplinary programming at the intersection between art, ideas and social justice. She is the author of Shooting Water and more recently appointed the Director of Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, working across all disciplines.

Faridoun Hemani

Faridoun Hemani is a broadcast journalist, and founder of independent production company Linx Productions working with organizations such as the AKDN, the UN and other international organizations covering stories in the developing world.

Jazzmin Jiwa

Jazzmin Jiwa is a freelance journalist and has produced 25 documentaries in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in countries facing political and socioeconomic strife. She has launched an indepedent multimedia project called ‘Stories of Survivial’ to recognize the struggles of women living in Africa.

Meena Nanji

Meena Nanji is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work focuses on explorations of race, cultural diasporas, gender rights as seen across the backdrop of social justice and human rights. Her work has screened at film festivals, museums, universities and galleries around the world. View From A Grain of Sand, a film about women’s rights in Afghanistan, was broadcast on PBS and internationally.

Rizwan Manji

Rizwan Manji’s prolific career spanning nearly 20 years to date, include memorable film credits such as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’,”The Dictator”, ‘Transformers’, ‘Don Jon’, ‘Equals’, ‘The Tiger Hunter’ and most recently the critically acclaimed film ‘Paterson’ directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Saket Chaudhary

Saket Chaudhary is an Indian screenwriter and director. He co-wrote Santosh Sivan’s Asoka and is the director of Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006), Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) and Hindi Medium (2017).

Zeenat Lakhani

Zeenat Lakhani is an Indian film writer who worked on Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) and more recently Hindi Medium (2017).