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New York-based filmmaker Dev Benegal is considered the pioneer of the next generation of Indian cinema. His award-winning debut feature “English, August” (1994) won India’s highest film award (The National Award), was selected at MOMA’s New Director’s New Films and was the first Indian acquisition of 20th Century Fox. His feature “Road, Movie,” produced by Ross Katz and Fred Berger,  was the opening night film at the Berlin Film Festival (Generation) and 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, which invites anyone under 24 to make a short feature film in 24 hours, through which he has produced over 60 short narrative films. 

Benegal has been a member of the Selection Advisory Committee of the Mumbai Mantra|Sundance
Institute Screenwriters Lab and has been a script advisor to the Time-Warner Foundationand Asia Society’s New Voices Screenwriting Fellowship Program. He has also served as a longtime script advisor and mentor to the eQuinoxe Europe Screenwriting Workshop for Film Professionals.

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