Workshops & in-conversataion

Experts from key domains of filmmaking open up about their methods and approaches

Digital Transformation - Future of Filmmaking


Namit Malhotra

Founder, Executive Chairman & Global CEO, USA

As the founder of Prime Focus, Namit Malhotra has been responsible for the strategy, growth and success of Prime Focus from its modest beginnings in Mumbai in 1997 to its current position as the world's largest independent and integrated media services powerhouse. Malhotra's entrepreneurial spirit is written throughout the Prime Focus identity. Actively seeking out projects to expand the strengths of the company, and challenge its team to push themselves to the next level, Namit is devoted to nurturing talent and ambition, and to delivering world-class creative and technical services. Prime Focus was the first company in the world to convert a full Hollywood film from 2D to 3D. Over the last six years. Prime Focus World's patented stereo conversion process and technology has been used on more Hollywood blockbusters than any other.

New VFX Trends from Hollywood


Merzin Tavaria

Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder,
Prime Focus, India

In a career spanning over two decades, MerzinTavaria has led and inspired global teams on multiple projects, and mentored the careers and lives of countless artists, professionals and producers. Tavarialeads the creative services function and his many responsibilities span business development, customer relations, creative strategy, delivery planning, talent management, technology acquisition and financial oversight. As Chief Creative Director he oversees planning and delivery of shows for content markets including Hollywood and Bollywood. As co-founder, he champions creative collaboration, technology leverage and talent optimization through a sustainable global digital pipeline, one of our biggest trump cards in the industry. Merzin's ability to manipulate technology platforms and passion to build new services have been the backbone of our expansion strategy.

Current Overview of Animation Industry in India from a Global Point of View


Sean Feeney

SVP, Animation,
Prime Focus, UK

With a 20-year career in animation and post-production, Sean brings considerable knowledge and extensive experience to his role as Senior Vice President of the Prime Focus World Animation division. Based in London, Sean's most recent success has been the delivery of 44 x 22 minute episodes of full CG animation for LEGO series The Legends of Chima, and he is now currently overseeing the delivery of a further 44 episodes of the new Nexo Knights TV show. He is currently leading the production of two independent CG movies, as well as developing PFW's Animation profile and leading pitches on new projects. Sean joined Prime Focus in 2008 as Executive Producer for the company's Commercials division in London, and was soon involved in the creation of an in-house animation production company.

Latest Trends in Cinema


Subhash Ghai

Film Director, Producer
Actor, Screenplay Writer

Subhash Ghai (born 24 January 1945) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema. His most notable films include Kalicharan (1976), Karz (1980), Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar (1991), Khalnayak (1993), Pardes (1997), Taal (1999), and Black & White (2008). In 1982, he started Mukta Arts Private Limited which, in 2000, became a public company, with Subhash Ghai as its executive chairman. In 2006, he received the National Film Award, for producing the film Iqbal. Ghai is the Founder and Chairman of his Film & Media Arts institute, Whistling Woods International (WWI), which has entered its 10th year.

India Film Collective


Bharat Bala

Filmmaker, India

Perhaps no one has captured the essence of India's visual landscape as evocatively as Bharat Bala. A man who translates the emotion of his country into film with effortless ease and beauty, he has worked with different genres of film communication in his 20-year career. Over the years, he has made popular television commercials, worked on docu-features and created novel concepts, especially for public campaigns


Hari Krishnan

Advertising Professional, India

A former advertising professional with two-and-half decades of industry experience, Hari Krishnan has played multiple roles as account management lead, agency head, and a transformation catalyst. Handled diverse responsibilities of varying scale - account management across JWT, Ogilvy, Grey and Batesbrand leader and client partner of several businesses across categories; set up Blue Hive, WPP's first integrated marketing communications agency in India, former Chief Operating Officer at Cheil Worldwide and Managing Director of Zenith Optimedia, a part of Publicis Media Worldwide.


Niyantha Shekar

Writer and Producer, India

Niyantha Shekar is a writer and producer with a strong product background, having previously led efforts at Microsoft to design and ship products for millions of customers, served as a UX Consultant fore the tech startup VIEW, and co-founded Nazar Magazine. He has written long-form features, short stories, essays and travelogues for publications such as ESPN Cricinfo, The Hindu, Himal South Asian, and the Asian Review of Books.