​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 South Asia the pre-jury in 2019 consisted of the following members:
Alisha Sadikot

Alisha Sadikot is an independent museums and heritage learning professional who works to instigate critical and creative public engagement with art, museum collections and heritage spaces in Mumbai through curated walks, visits and workshops. Her practice, through the Inheritage Project, focuses on educational, family, specialist and other groups from the city. Alisha was Curator, Education & Outreach, at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum from 2012 to 2015 where she developed the museum’s popular learning programme; she continued to work with the museum as education consultant until April 2019.

Alisha has a Bachelor of Arts in History, with Honours, from St. Xavier's College, where she ranked First at the University of Mumbai, a Masters degree in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Education and Interpretation from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), Newcastle University.

Alisha Sadikot

Founder and Facilitator, The Inheritage Project

Muhammad Ibrahim

Muhammad Ibrahim is a popularizer of science through his books, writings, publication of a popular science magazine, television presentations, and public lectures.

He has been engaged in these continuously for over fifty years. He has been a professor of physics, in the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and now heads the General Education Department in the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Southampton University, UK.

Muhammad  Ibrahim

Member of the Jury Board from Bangladesh

Surajit Sarkar

Surajit Sarkar is currently Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University Delhi. Prior to an academic career, he worked as a photocopier salesman, a bank officer and also taught science and mathematics in a primary school.

As a Director of Turning Point, the weekly magazine format science programmes on Doordarshan National TV (1991-96), his work won the Prix Jules Verne in 1995. He has also directed award winning documentary films, and worked as a video artist in theatre and dance productions as well as museum installations in India and abroad.

Surajit Sarkar

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University Delhi