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Mahak Gupta

Senior Colorist & Co-Producer, The Colorists Workshop

Self-taught in color grading, Mahak began her career in 2010 as a data manager and on-set editor during the film industry’s celluloid-to-digital transition.  She has been with Bridge PostWorks, Mumbai since 2016 where she is a Senior Colorist now. Mahak’s last project as a digital imaging technician and on-set colorist was Mira Nair’s BBC series A Suitable Boy (2020) with cinematographer Declan Quinn. Her work on Achal Mishra’s Gamak Ghar (2019) earned critical acclaim and led to numerous collaborations with filmmakers spread across twenty languages, across the world. Having pursued journalism before switching to film editing, Mahak has a natural affinity for documentary films. She is particularly proud of her work on Shaunak Sen’s  All That Breathes (2022) which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the Golden Eye Award at Cannes, ASC Award, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, 2023. Her films have been selected at Energa Camerimage for three consecutive years.

Her latest work includes Konkana Sen Sharma’s short The Mirror- Lust Stories 2 (2023), Vikramaditya Motwane’s Indi(r)a’s Emergency (2023) and Varun Grover’s debut All India Rank (2024), Dominic Sangma’s Rapture (2023), Achal Mishra’s Dhuin (2022), Mongolian director Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s short Shiluus (2020), Karishma Dube’s short Bittu (2020) which was shortlisted for Academy Awards. She was nominated for Filmlight Colour Awards 2022 for Faraz Ali’s Shoebox. Mahak teaches Color Grading at film schools across India. She has been conducting digital imaging and color grading workshops for cinematography and editing students at FTII, SRFTI, Whistling Woods International, and KRNNVISA. The Colorists Workshop is her way of training aspiring colorists who don’t have access to film schools. 

Sidharth Meer

Senior Colorist & Founder, Bridge PostWorks

Sid is an entrepreneur and M&E veteran with over two decades of experience in film. Notorious as a disruptor, his education & expertise in cinematography, visual effects, digital workflows and color has made him one of the most sought after collaborators in the country. Sid likes to explore new and efficient ways of telling a story with ambitious filmmakers. He likes taking up new challenges with directors & cinematographers to push the boundaries of cinema, technically and aesthetically.

His vision is to create an ecosystem that accommodates the needs of the best independent filmmaking talent in the country and to hopefully leave behind a legacy of the most unique films that will be studied in film schools in the years to come. An eternal student, he aims to always maintain Bridge PostWorks’ cutting edge DNA in every project undertaken. When Sid isn’t at work he’s on a quest to find inspiration through good food.

Dirk Meier

FREELANCE COLORSIST, POST-PRODUCTION CONSULTANT

A freelance colorist and post-production consultant, Dirk Meier has worked for companies such as ARRI, Farbkult, The Post Republic, WeFadeToGrey and Zentropa, and on films such as Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist”, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman”, Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro”, Roy Andersson’s “About Endlessness” and Chaitanya Tamhane’s “The Disciple”.

He was head of UP.GRADE, the world’s first long-term educational program for color grading from 2015 to 2019 and is a full member of the IMAGO Technical Committee, the German Society of Cinematographers BVK and the Colorist Society CSI. Most recently, he won the Filmlight Colour Award 2023 for Best Colorist in TV series/ episodic for “The Pimp: No F***ing Fairytale”.

Varun Grover

Filmmaker

Varun Grover is a screen-writer (Masaan, Sacred Games), National Award winning lyricist (Gangs of Wasseypur, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Ankhon Dekhi), stand-up comedian, and short-fiction writer (short story collection Paper Chor and graphic novel Biksu) based in Mumbai.

His first film as a director, All India Rank, premiered at IFFR as the first ever Indian film to be the closing film of the festival’s 2023 edition. The film is now available on Netflix, streaming globally, after a well-received limited release in Indian theatres in 2024.

Archana Ghangrekar

Cinematographer

Archana is a FTII alumnus. Her graduation film Meenalap was critically acclaimed, winning the Grand Prix (Eurasia 2018) and Ritvik Ghatak gold medal (2018) awards. She takes a special interest in stories revolving around the complexities of human life, especially of women and queer folk. “I want to tell stories that transcend boundaries and enrich human experience.”

Apart from All India Rank, Archana’s recent work includes Laila Manju – a coming-out film from lockdown; directed by Kamya Nair; In Transit – a documentary feature about the journeys of 8 extraordinary transgender people produced by Tigerbaby Films and directed by Ayesha Sood; and A Houseful of Women – an inde fiction feature by director duo Tribeny Rai and Kislay that is in post-production stage now.

Two of her shorts – Gudgudi (directed by Abhiroop Basu, starring Rajshri Deshpande) and Ayesha (directed by Nihit Bhave starring Fatima Sana Shaikh) are competing in film festivals in 2024.

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