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House of Illusions awards at film festivals

Chalachitram National Film Festival

Chalachitram National Film Festival is organised by the Chalachitram Society in Guwahati, Assam. The first edition took place at Cotton College. Thereafter, with the exception of the 2021 edition, which was entirely virtual, the screenings take place at the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio.

Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati is the only Indian/ South Asian Film Festival of its kind in Cincinnati and Ohio, USA. The festival is dedicated to providing filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work, and exchange ideas with one another, and interact with film personnel in the Hollywood space, as well as journalists, diverse audiences, and film aficionados. Many films of past festival selections have subsequently won awards or been featured on streaming media such as Netflix or Amazon. Designed to engage diversity through film, the festival selects films that speak to an American audience through topics and issues that embrace the common human values across our cultures. Screened are premieres of features, and short films made in and about the Indian/South Asian subcontinent. The festival is a joint collaboration with the Cincinnati Sister cities (India) and the Art Museum of Cincinnati.

Kautik International Film Festival

Kautik International Film Festival is an annual Uttarakhand film festival begun in 2017; organised in association with, and at, CEFM-the Hermitage, Kumaun University, Nainital. The second edition ran for 10 days in all, and included a 5-day FTII-Pune film appreciation camp. The next four editions were organised in association with the District Magistrate of Marchula at the outer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park.

Kautik International Film Festival '23

Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh
House of Illusions confers an award for the best film by a woman director. The jury members are Alvaro Turrion (Spain), Dipsikha Bhagawati, and Yashodhara Katkar.

Alvaro Turrion

Award-winning Spanish musician—keyboard player of the Lie Detectors band, winner of the Best Original Soundtrack Award for ‘Cirilo’ at the Videocorto Nettuno Festival, and music composer of ‘Magoado’, nominated at the International Film Festival of India. He is presently cutting an album with Spanish superstar singers.

Dipsikha Bhagawati

Writes on cinema and literature in a variety of journals and newspapers, and is a Govt. of Assam & British Council teacher holding a PhD on TS Eliot. She is the granddaughter of Uday Chandra Bhagawati, a doyen and one of the pioneers of the erstwhile NE traveling drama troupes.

Yashodhara Katkar

Former principal of LN Welingkar Institute of Management.

Chalachitram National Film Festival '23

Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio, Assam
House of Illusions confers two awards at Chalachitram 2023. The jury members are Debajit Changmai, Deepa Ganesh, and Meera Baindur.

Debajit Changmai

Voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science (OSCAR) since 2018. Winner of a National Film Award & an Assamese State Film Award. Re-recording mixer of films such as Sam Bahadur, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Kaabil, Dangal, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Krrish 3, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, & Shootout at Wadala.

Deepa Ganesh

Professor, & Executive Director of the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts at RV University. Worked with The Hindu for 20 years as Deputy Editor, heading the culture and education pages. Published over 1500 newspaper articles. Served as the Editor of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy literary journal, Aniketana. Edited ten books.

Meera Baindur

Philosopher. Educator. Researcher. Author of ‘Nature in Indian Philosophy and Cultural Traditions’ and ‘Sharvay: a Novel.’ Associate Professor and Program head of India Studies at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, RV University. Meera has conducted sessions on Indian philosophy, interfaith dialogue, gender and sexuality.


Hira Das
A text on ethics that lays bare the evils of collective oppression.

Jnanada: Reflections of Light and Shade

Bobbeeta Sharma
Traces the cinematic journey of one of the most versatile, graceful and charismatic actresses of Assamese cinema, Jnanada Kakati.

Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati '23

Traditionally, at the Art Museum of Cincinnati, USA.
House of Illusions confers an award at IFFCincy for the Best Film by a Woman Director. The jury members are Ratan Sil Sarma, Ratnottama Sengupta, and Vijay Sharma.

Ratan Sil Sarma

Ratan Sil Sarma is primarily a film colorist and film editor. He started out as a promo producer for such places as Network 18 (3 years), before donning the role of the production head at Focus Hifi (9 years). He presently owns his own post production company, Box Digital India. His directorial debut won the Best Children's Film at the Prag Cine Awards.

Ratnottama Sengupta

Ratnottama Sengupta, daughter of legendary scriptwriter Nabendu Ghosh, is a former arts editor of the Times of India. She’s also a film festival -curator/-panelist /-organiser; docu filmmaker; author; & book editor. She has served on CBBF; the NFDC Script Committee; the National Film Awards, & IFFI. And is a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Writing on Cinema.

Vijay Sharma

Vijay Sharma is the author of 25 books, including 10 on cinema. She has written in all leading national Hindi magazines & reviewed books & films for Akashvani radio. A retired Associate Professor of Loyola College of Education, Jamshedpur, she is presently a visiting professor at Central University, & Academic Staff College, & gives lectures & write books on cinema.

Footprints on Water

Nathalia Syam
An illegal immigrant father searches for his missing daughter in the UK while attempting to avoid being apprehended by law enforcement.

To Kill a Tiger

Nisha Pahuja
A farmer fights for justice for his 13-year-old daughter, a victim of a brutal gang rape.

Zoya Hussain

Bad Egg
A psychological thriller where hidden truths are camouflaged beneath deceptive appearances.

Kautik International Film Festival '22

Outer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarkhand.
The House of Illusions jury at Kautik 2022 comprised Tigmanshu Dhulia, C. Umamaheshwara Rao, and Suneel Puranik.

Tigmanshu Dhulia

Tigmanshu Dhulia is a National Film Award, Filmfare Award, and Stardust Award winning filmmaker, best known for Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster. He has over 3 decades of experience as a writer-director on TV channels such as DD, Channel Four, Zee TV, Star Plus, and Sony TV. Additionally, he was the casting director of Bandit Queen, an actor in Gangs of Wasseypur, and the dialogue writer of Dil Se..

C. Umamaheswara Rao

C. Umamaheswara Rao is a National Film Award and Nandi Award winning filmmaker who has served on the jury of the National Film Awards, the Indian film entry for the Oscars, the Andhra Pradesh State Awards, and the UNESCO Ladli Awards. He’s the founder of the Centre for New Perspectives in Film and Media, and is the present Chairman of the Dadasaheb Phalke School of Film and Media.

Suneel Puranik

Suneel Puranik is a former chairman of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, which organises the Bangalore International Film Festival. He has served on the jury of the National Film Awards and IFFI. As an actor/filmmaker, he's the recipient of several awards, including a Kempegowda Award, an Aryabhata Award, a Chitra Rasikara Prashasti Award, an Indira Priyadarshini Award, and a Karnataka State Award.


Luiza Budejko
10-year-old Magda loses younger brother. Her father gets immersed in deep despair, while mother is cold and distant.

Dream Eaters

Mike da Silva Wanderroscky
Two creatures wish to eat the dreams of human children. When they enter a children’s room, something mysterious happens that changes the future of all.

Aimee Baruah

Assamese filmmaker
Filmmaker Aimee Baruah, on the dais with the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Satpal Maharaj.

Kautik International Film Festival '21

Outer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarkhand.

House of Illusions instituted two awards at the 2021 edition of the Kautik International Film Festival. The jury comprised Resul Pookutty, Prashant Naik, and Aleksandra Biernacka.

Resul Pookutty


Resul Pookutty is an Oscar, BAFTA, National Film Award, Apsara (Producers Guild of India), CAS (Cinema Audio Society, USA) and Golden Reel (Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA) winning sound designer, best known for his work in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

Alexsandra Biernackha


Aleksandra Biernacka is a film curator /editor /journalist, presently associated too with the Gdynia Film School. She has served on several international film juries such as the Seattle International Film Festival, and has over two decades with a TV channel collaborating with the greatest Polish film directors including Andrzej Wajda, and introducing films to the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and the Oscars.

Prashant Naik


Prashant Naik is a triple National Film Award film editor (Punaravritti, Shunya Swaroopa, and I am Kalam). An FTII product, he later came back as a professor in the editing department. Presently, he heads the Editing department at Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods.


Zachary Goodwin, Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan & Alex Kumph

Four students assemble a small film crew, and go out every Sunday night to film / take part in the LA Animal Save Vigils.


Morvarid Kashiyan
Story of of a transsexual stage actor.

Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati '21

Traditionally, at the Art Museum of Cincinnati, USA. This year, virtual.
House of Illusions confers two awards at the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, USA. Best Short Fiction by a Woman Director, and Best Documentary by a Woman Director. The jury members are Shalini Shah, Oorvazi Irani, and Daniela Rogobete.

Daniela Rogobete

Craiova, Romania

Daniela Rogobete is an Associate Professor at the University of Craiova, Romania, holding a PhD in Postcolonial Studies. Additionally, she writes, edits, and translates. Her research interests include intertextuality, aesthetics and visual culture. Her writings appear in a variety of academic journals.

Shalini Shah

Nainital, India

Shalini Shah is the artistic director of the Kautik International Film Festival, the co-founder of the Himalayan Society for Art, Culture, Education, Environment and Film Development (HIMACEEF), and a film director/producer. Her documentary won the National Film Award for Best Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film.

Oorvazi Irani

Mumbai, India

Oorvazi Irani is a film educationist, acting coach, and indie filmmaker who teaches at FTII, and Whistling Woods, and heads the film subject at the SVKM JV Parekh International School. She has conducted film workshops and appreciation classes at Mumbai University and the Russian Culture Centre.

Ghar Ka Pata

Madhulika Jalali
Autobiographical account of the director’s search for her identity. The film underlines how the pain of exile can linger across generations.


Apoorva Satish

A coming-of-age drama of an adolescent girl caught between the values of occidental and traditional cultures. Her aspirations of becoming a competitive swimmer takes an unexpected turn when she gets her first period.

Chalachitram National Film Festival '21

Traditionally, at Jyoti Chitraban Film Studios, Guwahati, Assam, India. This year, totally virtual.
House of Illusions confers the BEST SHORT FICTION Award at the 5th Chalachitram National Film Festival upon Romi Meitei’s The Tainted Mirror. The jury members are Amrit Pritam, Divya Sharman, and Simone Mariani.

Divya Sharman

Brussels, Belgium

Divya Sharman is the former Channel V in-house producer of Timex Timepass, and the First Day First Show. She was an associate director of Zameen Aasmaan, the editorial coordinator of Mirch Masala on Plus Channel, and an executive producer at Star Plus. Presently based in Europe, she interviews technicians and pioneers of Indian Cinema, and is writing two books.

Amrit Pritam

Guwahati, India

Amrit Pritam is a sound designer who works closely with Resul Pookutty. Awards received: National Film Award, Apsara Producers Award, and a Golden Reel from the Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA. He's a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Simone Mariani


Simone Mariani is an actor-writer-director-producer. Awards received: Best Italian Docu at Roma CineDoc for ‘A Journey on the Tabla’, and Critics Prize at Akab Film Festival 2006 for ‘Iram, The city by the High Columns’. He recently worked as an actor in the Hollywood film “Inferno” directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.

The Tainted Mirror

Romi Meitei
About the grip that consumerism has on our value system that is gradually turning us into a society of self-seekers.

The film would have a special screening at the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio in the March 2022 edition.