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Sat 09 Jul 2022

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Panel Discussion Announcing the 3rd Indic Film Utsav

India Film Utsav is a global online 24/7 OTT competitive film festival with prize money in multiple categories – features, documentaries, short/ultrashort films and includes Opening and Closing Night film screenings.

Date:- July 9th @ 8pm (IST) / 7.30am (PST) / 10.30am (EST)
Watch on Facebook Live @IndicaPictures
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Danji Thotapalli

Chief Curator & Festival Director

Danji Thotapalli is a senior global technology sourcing professional with a passion for cinema. Having spent the past 10 years at major Hollywood studios, Danji understands the power of film and the extent of its reach. In addition to working in Hollywood, Danji has been associated with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for about 12 years.


Nikita Hattangady

Head - Festival Programming

Nikita Hattangady is a writer and filmmaker. She completed her writing and directing debut, a British comedy set in London that received glowing reviews. Nikita authored and illustrated a children’s book on diversity in America titled "We Are American", that is used in various school districts as a teaching tool. Nikita’s greatest passions are storytelling, and filmmaking besides learning new cultures.


Christian Frost

Head - Filmmaker Liaison

Christian Frost has been working in Hollywood for nearly 20 years in marketing and creative print. Christian received a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis on Indian studies and is currently pursuing an Advanced Program in Hindi Language. He has traveled extensively to India and made friends with some of Bollywood’s elite. Christian is also a filmmaker and a content creator.


Pawan Janakiram

Senior Programmer

Pawan Janakiram likes to surround himself with theatrical arts. He has written and staged plays in Kannada. As an avid film student Pawan likes to watch world cinema. He made four short films. Pawan is married to Sushma Kashyap who is a Hindustani classical vocalist.