About F.I.G

The Film India Global Services LLP (F.I.G) is an initiative to bring to the forefront what is new, happening and of importance in the realm of cinema within India and its rapid inroads into international frontiers.

Almost a decade ago, Uma da Cunha started the quarterly Film India Worldwide, aimed to fill the lacunae in accessing the latest information on new Indian cinema, not easily available under normal conditions. With the digital boom, Film India Worldwide has now evolved into Film India Global.

F.I.G  aims to be one-of-its-kind: it provides a two way link between Indian cinema and world screens, with a regular update on films of interest to world distributors and exhibitors. In addition, F.I.G will offer services that will help and enhance the goals of Indian filmmakers in their need to gain maximum recognition and publicity and access to film festivals.

Film India Global will constantly keep you updated on the developments in the many facets of Indian cinema.

The Film India Worldwide magazine will continue as a print-only subscription.

The F.I.G Team

Uma da Cunha, Managing Editor

Uma da Cunha works primarily as a film programmer and film festival advisor, as well as a writer and researcher on independent world cinema. She has a Masters Degree in English Literature from Delhi University, and taught the subject for a year at Miranda House. Her interest in cinema drew her into film society movements.  Over the years, she served as Hon. Secretary for Anandam Film Society and initiated Drishti, the film society in Bombay that promoted Indian art cinema, and briefly as President for the Maharashtra Region, Federation of Film Societies. She has worked closely on Indian cinema with the Toronto International Film Festival (from mid-1990s), the Locarno International Film Festival (2000 to 2005) and Dubai International Film Festival (2003 to 2008). She is the founder-advisor for several film festivals, which include the ones held in Florence (River to River), Los Angeles (IFFLA), London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), and others in Stuttgart, Houston and New York.

At the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, da Cunha was a member of the Un Certain Regard international jury and in 2010 a FIPRESCI jury member at the Busan International Film Festival. She edited the first complete biography on Satyajit Ray called ‘Montage-Monograph on Satyajit Ray’ and has written several publications on Indian cinema for the Directorate of Film Festivals, as well as several French and Italian publications. Uma da Cunha has been covering film festivals as a freelancer for leading publications in India. She currently writes for India’s first independent on-line daily, ‘thecitizen.in’.

Rutwij Nakhwa, Features writer

Rutwij Nakhwa, a cinephile and aspiring writer and film critic, is currently a final year BMM-Journalism student at St  Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He was a finalist at the Young Critics’ Lab at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and part of the festival’s Young Critics’ Jury.

Manika Verma, Assistant Writer

Manika’s interest in cinema was kick-started by a course in Film Reading and Appreciation she took in college and continues till today. She was a finalist at the Young Critics’ Lab at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and part of the festival’s Young Critics’ Jury. She is currently in the final year of the BMM-Journalism course at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

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