Uma da Cunha
Mumbai-based Uma da Cunha, is the editor of the quarterly magazine
Film India Worldwide, Uma has edited the first complete biography on Satyajit Ray called “Montage – Monograph on Satyajit Ray which was published in 1967. Ever since, she has written widely on cinema and also works selectively as an Indian casting director. Her credits here include Deepa Mehta’s
Water, Dev Benegal's English August, Mira Nair’s Monsoon
Wedding and Kamasutra, Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane, Jane Campion’s
Holy Smoke and John Jeffcoat’s Outsourced. In 2008, Uma da Cunha served on the International Jury for the Un Certain regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival. She has been on many other film juries in India and abroad.
Uma also programmes Indian films at festivals and specialised venues in India and abroad and as an international film programmer, she helps festivals with films on and about India and the Subcontinent. The festivals she is connected with include The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart, River to River: Florence Indian Film Festival, London Indian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival -The Hague, Netherlands, Indian Film Festival of Houston, and in India, The MAMI Festival (held in Mumbai) and the Kerala International Film Festival held every December. In the past she has worked for both the Dubai and the Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals, and prior to that, she has helped with the programming of Indian series for the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, New York.