Featuring a string of Nepali and international filmmakers, this panel discuss the challenges of taking local content to the world. Nepal has a culture replete with interesting and colorful stories and yet it has not been easy to present these stories to the global audience. The filmmakers will share their experiences and their ideas to overcome the hurdles.
Kiran Bhakta Joshi (Incessant Rain Studios)
Date: 14th February, 2020
Venue: Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
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Kiran Bhakta Joshi is the Co-founder & CEO of Incessant Rain Studios. His short film Mandala recently won Platinum Award at the Independent Shorts Awards and has been officially selected in several other film festival. Prior to Incessant Rain Studios, he was the Visual Effects Supervisor at The Walt Disney Studios where he worked on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Working as the Visual Effects Supervisor he managed the early development of Tangled and Frozen at Disney before leaving to establish Incessant Rain Studios.
He was the Co-director & Producer for the award wining documentary Moving Mountains: The Awakening. He also worked as Executive Producer on Malibu Rescue, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Asura, A Million Ways to Die in the West. He was the Executive VFX Producer on Selma, Chappie, Da Vinci’s Demons, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Emerald City, Blood Drive, The Expendables 3, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Meg, S.W.A.T., Red Sparrow, and many other films.
Larry Kasanoff, Chairman/CEO, is the Producer of all Mortal Kombat media which has grossed over USD 5 billion. He was the executive Producer of the box-ofﬁce smash ﬁlm, True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by James Cameron. Previously, as president and co-founder of Lightstorm Entertainment, Larry supervised production, marketing, publicity and merchandising for the four-time Academy Award winning hit, Terminator 2 Judgement Day. He produced two movies with Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow. Larry, as a producer and studio head, has made over 200 feature films, including Dirty Dancing and Academy Award Winning Best Picture Platoon. He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business.
In the music world, Larry has packaged or produced video projects with several of the world’s biggest talents, including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Dick Clark. For Terminator 2, he produced MTV’s top video of the year, “You Could Be Mine” with Gun’s ‘N Roses.
Damien de Froberville is a seasoned executive in Film Production. Most recently at Netflix, Damien led the establishment of the animation studio and oversaw production to 83 series and 32 features at various stage. He has led multiple organizations in both VFX, games and animation in Europe, North-America and Asia. Prior to Netflix, Damien was Executive Vice President of Animation at Paramount Pictures where he completed production of two ongoing feature films.
Prior to this Damien was General Manager of the DreamWorks Animation studio in India. He led the studio through the production of multiple animated features and rapid expansion. Prior to India, Damien was part of the leadership group of Shanghai based Virtuos which became one of the leading independent game developers. Damien is passionate about VFX and Animation distributed production and its continued expansion in Asia.
Namrata Shrestha is a Nepalese model and actress, known for her roles in Nepali films including the romantic film November Rain and Mero Euta Saathi Chha'. She is a National Film Award winner and is well known for her appearance in Nepali music videos, theatre productions and modelling. In 2008, Shrestha debuted as a film actress in Alok Nembang's directional debut romantic comedy Sano Sansar, where she starred alongside Karma Shakya in his debut, Jiwan Luitel and Neer Shah.
Priyanka Karki is a Nepali actress and the winner of the Miss Teen Nepal 2005 pageant. Karki appeared in Bhulne Po Ho Ki, a small movie project in the USA. She later played a prostitute in Jholay, opposite Dayahang Rai. Her next big release was Nai Nabannu La 2 opposite Suraj Singh Thakuri.
She also appeared in several music videos, including 'Guras Fulyo Banai Bhari' a song by Kishor Siwakoti and Asha Bhosle. Karki recorded Bachchu Kailash's classic "Timile ta Hoina" and released a video for it. Karki also collaborated with YouTube performer Nattu Shah and recorded a cover version of Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat's 'Lucky'. Karki's debut single "Swatantra", which is about freedom, liberation, and independence, was released on January 1, 2016.
Karki is one of the judges for the first international dance reality show Boogie Woogie Nepal alongside choreographer Kabiraj Gahatraj and actor Dilip Rayamajhi.
Nischal Basnet is a Nepali director, actor and playback singer who predominantly works in Nepali cinema. Basnet has directed three feature films: Loot (2012), Talakjung vs Tulke (2014) and Loot 2 (2017). He has acted in the films Kabaddi (2014), Dui Rupaiyan (2017), and Prasad (2018). Basnet debuted as a film director with the crime-thriller Loot, which earned 25.5 million Nepalese rupees (NPR) and became a "cult classic". After his successful debut as a director, he debuted as an actor in Uma (2013). Basnet later directed the dark comedy Talakjung vs Tulke, which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Basnet has received numerous awards, including the Dcine Award for Best Debut Director and Best Cameo Role. He has also won a National Film Award for Best Director, and a nomination for Best Actor in a Negative Role at the Kamana Film Awards and Dcine Awards.
A man known for his relentless pursuit in excellence Nakim’s name is synonymous with high quality entertainment facilities in Nepal. In just a short span of time Nakim has brought international viewing experience to cine-goers in Nepal. A self-made entrepreneur with immense popularity among the young age artists for his creative production ideas Nakim’s work has recently been recognized by FNCCI (the business federation of Nepal) by an Excellence Award.
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