Dev Benegal is a New York-based filmmaker. He is considered the pioneer of the
next generation of Indian cinema, with his award-winning debut feature ﬁlm “English,
August” (1994) acknowledged as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema. The film
won India’s highest award in cinema —The National Award— and was selected at MOMA’s
New Director’s New Films. It was the first Indian acquisition of 20th Century Fox.
His feature “Road, Movie,” produced by Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) and Fred Berger (La La
Land) was the opening night film at Berlin Film Festival (Generation). The project and screenplay were an official selection at Atelier de Cannes at the Cannes International Festival. It was one of the first features to be distributed in the US by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Films.
The screenplay for his next film “Dead, End” won the Grand Prize at the NAFF/PIFAN International Festival Korea, 2014 and is in pre-production.
His passion for new voices and new stories in cinema saw the birth of his pioneering production program, 24×7 Making Movies, where he has produced over 60 short narrative films. 24×7
Making Movies invites anyone below 24 years to make a short feature film in 24 hours. Variety
and the Cannes International Film Festival have acclaimed the films.
He was on the Selection Advisory Committee of Mumbai Mantra|Sundance
Institute Screenwriters Lab (2013). He was also a script advisor to the Time-Warner Foundation
and Asia Society’s New Voices Screenwriting Fellowship Program.
Benegal is a longtime script advisor to the eQuinoxe Europe Screenwriting Workshop for Film
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