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the team

Dilani Rabindran, Founder & Managing Director

Dilani Rabindran, Founder & Managing Director

Bala Kumaran, Creative Director

Bala Kumaran, Creative Director

Founder & Managing Director

Dilani Rabindran is an arts & entertainment strategist from Toronto, Canada whose passion is South Asian cinema. 

She got her start in the film industry soon after completing her MBA with the Toronto International Film Festival, where she worked for several years as a Financial Analyst and also assisted with the selection of acclaimed South Asian films for the world’s largest public film festival. She gained her initial popularity within the Indian entertainment field as a columnist for popular website Behindwoods.com, and went on to write on film, travel & business for other media outlets in India and Canada. She also hosted the popular “1 by 2 with dilani_r” podcast for Raaga.com for 3 seasons.

Dilani founded VFC in 2016 while working in film production in Chennai as part of director M. Manikandan’s core creative team, after recognizing the need for a formal voice to speak on behalf of South Asian cinema worldwide. 

Since then she returned to Canada to take up roles at Bell Media Canada's premiere multimedia company, and recently joined Cineplex Entertainment. Canada’s largest film exhibitor & leading entertainment provider as a Senior Strategic Account Manager in the Brand Partnerships division.

In addition to her full-time role at Cineplex and running VFC, Dilani sits on the Board of the Regina International Film Festival and serves as a consultant & programmer for other select festivals


BALA KUMARAN, Creative Director

Bala Kumaran is a student of Visual Communication and has an MBA in Media and Entertainment. In the past 10 years, he has worked with popular television channels, production houses and Film Marketing agencies. By working as an Editor, producer and a Social Media Specialist he has gained valuable experience in various stages of TV, Film and Digital Video Production.



  • Karthik Keramalu, Languages Coordinator 

  • Vidwesh Umashankar, Social Media Specialist

  • Priyadarshanini Sridharan, Submissions Coordinator


The VFC Advisory board is a growing group of critically and commercially acclaimed directors, producers & professionals of international cinema, who help propel the industry forward by supporting the work of new filmmakers.


M. MANIKANDAN - Writer/Director/Cinematographer


VASANTH S. SAI - Writer/Director




PUSHKAR & GAYATRI - Writers/Directors


BRAMMA - Writer/Director