India
Pre-Jury

​A pre-jury of more than 30 local science education and science communication professionals from the participating countries are closely involved in the selection of the films.

In India the pre-jury in 2018 consisted of the following members:
Farah Batool

Farah Batool has been working as the Program Coordinator at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi since 2007. Her main areas of interest are contemporary dance and theatre, music, film, visual culture and sociological concerns pertaining to the LGBTQI movement, women’s rights and humanitarian issues. In her role, she has been responsible for conceptualizing and executing programs in the fields of her interest. She has worked on special projects including Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities, 50 years of Max Mueller Bhavan, This Side, That Side - an anthology of partition stories (a project published by Yoda Press). Most recently, she worked on getting across, a project on the European refugee crisis, which included a 3 venue exhibition, a series of talks and a film festival that together explored the crisis in Europe and the question of nationhood. Farah has also worked extensively with LGBTQI communities in Delhi to create safe spaces for conversations through Nigah Queer Fest, Queer Campus and other events.

Farah Batool

Program Coordinator
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

Preeti Shah

Preeti Shah is Project Manager, Educational Services at Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi. She has worked as a Cyber Expert, before she chose her passion for teaching as a career. She has been associated with the Goethe-Institut for the last eight years. She is a Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) expert and has taught students MINT subjects in German. She is responsible for providing support to schools offering German Language as a subject, providing scholarships to students in Germany, organizing various German related events like music concerts, youth camps, Namaste Deutschland, German Language camps, competitions, etc. She is also responsible for training teachers and organizing the Teacher’s Training Programme in Germany for German Language Teachers and Principal’s conferences.

Preeti Shah

Project Manager, Educational Services
Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi

Salik Shah

Salik Shah is a science fiction writer, editor, publisher and filmmaker. He is the founding editor of Mithila Review — Asia’s leading science fiction and fantasy journal — and a founding member of Plurality University (France). A former journalist and new media professional, he is deeply interested in using science, technology and arts to create sustainable futures and ensure universal basic assets, human rights and freedom. He is the editor of a forthcoming anthology of speculative stories, “India 2049: Utopias & Dystopias,” which explores problems that humanity is already facing, including climate change, refugee crisis and hunger. He is currently working to set up an institute for science fiction and futures studies in India.

Salik Shah

Science Fiction Writer, Editor, Publisher and Filmmaker