Founder - Managing Director - @dilani_r
VFC was founded by Dilani Rabindran, an MBA graduate from Toronto, Canada, whose passion is Indian cinema. In her 4 years working at the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) she procured government funding for the year-round arts organization and helped select critically acclaimed South Asian films for the iconic festival, including Kaaka Muttai (The Crow’s Egg).
Prior to the establishment of VFC, Dilani Rabindran represented several Indian films independently, securing festival success for films such as Kirumi (Virus), Kutrame Thandanai (Crime is Punishment), and other Indian films as a trusted programming associate for several world festivals. In early 2016, Dilani moved to Chennai to lay the foundation of VFC, during which time she consulted on the script and edit of director Manikandan's third film, Aandavan Kattalai (God's Orders). Since creating the company, Dilani has had the chance to work with many other directors, and helped take many more South Indian short and feature films around the world. She has also assisted new production outfits like Chennai's Moment Entertainment to formalize their company vision and strategy, as well as burgeoning Canadian-Tamil directors refine their scripts.
Dilani is also a well known writer within Indian entertainment circles and has had frequent appearances in online, radio & TV media. She also hosts the 1 by 2 podcast on Raaga.com, and continues to work as an international programmer for select international film festivals.
The VFC Advisory board is a growing group of critically and commercially acclaimed directors and producers of Indian cinema, who help propel the industry forward by supporting the work of new filmmakers.
Director - Editor - Animator
A design engineer by education, Anucharan Murugaiyan, shifted to Australia and enrolled in a prestigious Animation Mentor course where he learned from masters in the field. His first live action short, Infinity, shot on a roughly $0 budget, was selected for Tropfest Sydney, the world’s largest short film festival. Anucharan returned to India in 2013 to collaborate with friends on his first feature film, Kirumi (Virus), which received wide critical acclaim and travelled to several world film festivals, and was screened at the Museum of Moving Images in New York. As an editor he worked on the widely lauded Kutrame Thandanai, and the upcoming Sigai, which has also been screened at international festivals. He also co-wrote and edited Aandavan Kattalai.
Director - Cinematographer - Writer - @dirmmanikandan
M. Manikandan began his film career as a photographer & cinematographer. His first feature Tamil film as director, writer, and cinematographer, Kaaka Muttai (The Crow’s Egg), was the winner of 2 Indian National Awards, several other popular film awards, and was screened at 12 international festivals over 2014 & 2015. Manikandan’s second feature, Kuttrame Thandanai (Crime is Punishment), also travelled the world to various film festivals before releasing to great critical acclaim in September 2016. His third feature film, Aandavan Kattalai (God’s Orders), was made in just 6 months and also released in September 2016 to immense box office success and rave reviews. Director M. Manikandan has already begun work on his fourth feature film, and continues to support the work of other burgeoning filmmakers.
Director - Writer - @bramma23
Director Bramma G’s first feature film Kutram Kadithal (The Punishment) won the 62nd Indian National Film award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 2014. The gripping drama was screened at several world film festivals before its theatrical release in 2015, including the Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival. It was also the only Tamil film to compete in the Zimbabwe International Film Festival and Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India in 2014. Writer/Director Bramma is currently shooting his second film, Magalir Mattum (Women Only), starring South Indian female icon Jyothika and other notable names in lead roles.
Co-ordinator - @KarthikKeramalu
Karthik Keramalu is a freelance film critic and pop culture columnist who previously wrote for News18, and now writes for The News Minute, DailyO, Scroll, FilterCopy and Fully Filmy. He can read, write and speak Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English.
Ram Pandian is an Assistant Editor in Tamil cinema who has worked on hits Kutrame Thandanai, Kirumi, Aandavan Kattalai and the upcoming Sigai. He is also lauded for his captivating graphic designs, and the on stage visuals for the grand audio launch of Shankar's Ai in 2014.
Social Media Specialist
Vidwesh Umasankar is an ardent fan of cinema. An accomplished graphic designer who started the "V4 Design Hub", he also enjoys editing films and travelling the world.