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“I love creativity and engaging with curiosity.”
Anupma Shanker is an independent Curator and Programme Advisor for Thurrock Film Festival. As an interdisciplinary curator, her areas of interest include Japanese Post-war and Contemporary Cinema, Iranian New Wave Cinema, Indian Parallel Cinema, Slow Cinema, and British Colonial Archives Films. She recently programmed and curated, ‘BFI Japan 2021’, a six-week long Film and Culture Festival at the Biscuit Factory Cinema, in Reading, England. Prior to this, she was the Director of Content & Research at Viacom18, India where she led the digital communication strategy for MTVIndia, ComedyCentralIndia, VH1India, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures
Dr Hwee-San Tan
Dr Hwee-San Tan is a founding member of Anglo Asiatic Arts & Heritage Alliance and delivers activities around film music with Thurrock Film Festival. She is Associate Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths College, Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University and has lectured at Durham University, University College Dublin, University of Surrey and City University. She is currently Reviews editor for the Asia-Europe Music Research Journal, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Heritage and Sustainability and on the Board of CHIME European Foundation for Chinese Music Research. She is also convenor and performance tutor of the SOAS Silk and Bamboo Music Ensemble.
New Directions Initiator
Alan Bright oversees social media posts, design aspects and initiates activities for young people. He is a young perfectionist, driven to ensure that no matter the work, it is completed to the best of his ability. Motivated to never settle for less, he pushes himself to the very limit, ensuring that whatever the task, no matter how long or difficult it may be, he prevails, and strives to prevail successfully.