Season 1 Hall of Fame
Aditi is an India based filmmaker. She has shot three critically acclaimed indie films as a Director of Photography and started her directorial journey with Home, a short film for Take Ten. In 2023, she was supported by the International Emerging Film Talent Association for a spot at INTRO:DOX at CPH:DOX and is a fellow at this year’s Interaction Doc Workshop at Serbia.
Barkha started making films at the age of seven with her cousins, when her aunt bought a cellphone with an inbuilt camera. Many years later, with a bachelors in political science, she decided to try her hand at filmmaking and went to FAMU to pursue a Masters in Film Writing and Direction. Currently she lives in Mumbai, working on films with the same passion that she had as a child of seven.
CHHOTI SI BAAT
TakeTen gave Hitarth the confidence to start his journey as a filmmaker. Apart from writing & pitching his own feature length story, he is currently working as an associate director on a feature film. He directed a short documentary on '25 years of Satya' for HT Media Labs & is now directing a short film for LXL ideas.
Manasvini, from a young age, had an interest in stories as they enabled her to create visual worlds in her mind. Being an absolute movie buff, her path eventually led her to take up filmmaking as a career. After graduating with a degree in Visual Communication in 2019, she was given an opportunity to work in a Tamil feature film Boomika produced by Stone Bench, as the 2nd Assistant Director. Working in the field taught her a lot and made her confident about her career decision. She enjoyed the process thoroughly from the pre-production stages till the release. The movie was released on Netflix. After Boomika, she also worked on the episode "Inmai" in the series Navarasa, produced by Mr. Mani Ratnam and Netflix, in its pre-production and post-production. Following this, she got to direct a few smaller projects. At the beginning of 2022, she applied for Netflix and Film Companion's TakeTen initiative and was funded to direct her short film, Bijli. Following that, she directed the B-roll footages for the documentary Modern Masters: SS Rajamouli in Chennai and Rajahmundry, a documentary on director SS Rajamouli, produced by Film Companion and Applause Entertainment. At the same time, her feature story was also selected by the Writers Ink Institute to be part of their screenwriters' lab, where she finished writing her first feature film. She is currently working as an Associate Director in the project produced by Lyca Productions, Directed by TJ Gnanavel, starring Mr Rajnikanth. Her goal is to create entertaining, impactful and meaningful content.
Murali Krishnan is a Filmmaker, who is a winner of the "TakeTen Competition, conducted by Netflix and Film Companion. He has co-written a Screenplay for the Malayalam Movie "Sthaanarthi Sreekuttan" (Candidate Sreekuttan), which is releasing soon. He is also a published Author in Malayalam with his maiden book titled, "Soviet Stationkadavu", was a long-listed entry for "Kerala Sahithya Academy Endowment Award-2023"
Having begun her career in front of the camera as an actor, Ria transitioned into the world behind the camera as a writer-director with her debut short film which won her the India Film Project 2021. Soon she began writing, directing and producing ads which is how she made her Netflix short ‘HOME-2’. Her 2 minute iPhone short ‘Magic eraser’ was chosen to represent India at Sony Future Filmmakers LA. Since then Ria is pitching her own series and films, and her original Webshow has also made it to the finals of SWA script lab 2023. Ria is inspired by technology, love, culture and surrealism and aspires to tell stories from the heartland which have an international appeal.
Rohan Shyam Chowdhury
Rohan is a filmmaker based in Kolkata and Mumbai. He holds a degree in Engineering, and the Young India Fellowship in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University. He began his filmmaking journey with his TakeTen short, 'Lokkhon Rekha'. Shortly after, Rohan began working as an AD and Screenwriter in the industry, and was also selected as part of the Writers Ink Screenwriting Lab where he developed his feature-length screenplay titled, 'A Little Warmth'. Going forward, he wishes to hone his craft further by writing and directing more short films.
Sameeha Sabnis, an Anthropology graduate with a diploma in documentary filmmaking, dived into fiction winning a global scene writing challenge that earned her a scholarship for Sundance’s feature writing lab course. During lockdown, she worked as a script-supervisor, choreographer, dubbing-supervisor, and production manager. Finally, she made two 16mm and two iPhone shorts, amassing 25+ festival screenings and 9+ awards in 2022. Her short 'Soul Kadhi' became the highest watched TakeTen film, and represented India at Netflix's first Asia Pacific community screening in Bangkok. Post TakeTen, she co-directed an 8mm camera-edited short for a global challenge, produced by Shoot At Site films. Currently, she's pitching two large short films with multiple production houses and writing a series pilot for Alakaman films. Now she works as a development associate and senior DA for Shakun Batra at Jouska films.
Sandip Kishan Anbuselvan
Having originally graduated as a software engineer, Sandip Kishan Anbuselvan found his true calling in cinema. Early on, his initial experience of briefly working with various direction teams paved the way for greater creative exploration. However, making a short film with TakeTen ignited his confidence to embark on his own path as an independent filmmaker. Now, Sandip works on personal feature film projects as he aims to craft compelling stories that leave a lasting impact on audiences.
Suyash Kamat is an aspiring filmmaker & photographer based out of Goa-India. He has helmed various projects under multiple roles which have been showcased & won awards at IFFI, IDSSFK, MAMI among others. He is currently pursuing a post-graduate course in Cinematography from Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI).
Who doesn’t love some validation?
"It's always exciting to meet new filmmakers, because they carry infinite possibilities for all of us connected with films and music, within their dreams. These are the people who may well redefine how films are made, how the business is run and most crucially, 'what works'. Really looking forward to watching all their films and seeing if anything I said has translated into the way they've worked with music."
“It was great fun to speak to the ten finalists, looking forward to seeing them create magic through their films!”
“It was extremely enriching to talk to these filmmakers. Their stories are so rooted yet break conventions and traditional binaries”
“It's always inspiring to see the passion and zeal within young filmmakers. These 10 finalists are dabbling with quite a lot of unknowns in this quest of film making and it is always exciting to discuss experiences, concerns, questions and how they are approaching their creative journey. We wish all 10 of them all the very best and can't wait to see their work soon!”
Guneet Monga & Team Sikhya
"Young bright minds who know they want to be storytellers. Something that took me years, they have figured out at this age."
“Had a terrific time talking to the TakeTen finalists. No matter how many films old you are, storytelling problems remain the same and so, as I spoke to them, talked through some of their problems as filmmakers, I also gained insight and clarity about my own work. Thank you FC for this”
“The TakeTen programme by Film Companion is a fantastic initiative for new filmmakers. It was inspiring to be a part of such enthusiastic discussions. I look forward to following the paths of these talented individuals.”
film sound designer
"Netflix and Film Companion have done a great job with selecting these young filmmakers/finalists, it was so gratifying to see them have such a mature take on cinema. I can’t wait to see the films they will make!"
Film Director and Actor
“I am so thrilled that TakeTen finalists got to learn from the best in the business and so grateful to all the artists who made time to inspire a new generation of filmmaking voices,”
film critic, television anchor and book author