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Festival Founder & Director



Manoj Srivastava headed the International Film Festival of India, for the Goa Government as the Chief Executive Officer, the Entertainment Society of Goa till 2012. He is credited with establishing Goa as a Film Destination. A Founder-Member of the Extravagant India Film Festival, Paris, Manoj helped the Jagran Film Festival grow to its current shape, form and size in 16 cities of India.

Earlier as Deputy Director, the Directorate of Film Festivals, he headed the National Film Awards for eight years at the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Felicitated by the Governments of Poland and Russia, Manoj is considered a veteran of film festivals internationally.

A Producers Guild of India member, Manoj Srivastava is an established Film Producer, Director, and screenwriter. His book on the history of Indian Cinema “WIDE ANGLE: HISTORY OF INDIAN CINEMA” is considered a landmark. Trained at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, Manoj began his career with Doordarshan, India’s National Broadcaster. He has served on several international film festival juries and as an Observer at the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), European Film Market.

In a career spanning 33 years, he established Goa as a Film Destination by launching the concept of a ‘single window clearance’ system for film shoots and executing it successfully between 2008-2012. Indian Cinema’s biggest films like ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Robot, ‘All is Well’, ‘Golmaal, ‘Singham’ and many others were shot in Goa during his tenure.

He has written extensively on cinema for over two decades for publications like the Times of India, The Hindustan Times, BNA Germany, Pickle, Lokmat, Navhind Times, Herald Goa, Screen etc. Ernst & Young have quoted him extensively in their reports worldwide.

Further, Manoj Srivastava is credited with launching a popular brand, T20 OF INDIAN CINEMA, which invited responses from 2 million people in 20 days as a part of the 40th International Film Festival of India, Goa. It is the first-ever rating of best films of Indian Cinema. He also launched the SHORT FILM CENTER, India’s first business platform for short and documentary films at the 39th International Film Festival of India, Goa, for young and upcoming filmmakers.

A Graduate of Delhi University's Hans Raj College, Manoj has directed over 200 films. He has won several awards for his films like Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke’, ‘Aloye Phera’ and several reality shows and TV magazine programmes. Some of his better-known documentary films are ‘The Desert Festival’, ‘Zamana Kya Kahega’, ‘Dastaan e Dilli’, ‘Dilli Tha Ek Shahar’, ‘Caught in a Crossfire’ etc.


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