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Santanu Ganguly was a regular to the Cinefan: Festival of Asian Cinema since the beginning. He has joined the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC, ) team in 2003 and started programming the films for the 5 Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema, under the supervision of veteran film scholar, filmmaker, film-historian, festival director- Ms. Aruna Vasudev. As Cinefan had been merge with Osian’s in 2004, since that time to till 2008, from 6th to 10th edition of the Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema, he has been curated under her guidance. He has also programmed the 11th edition of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival under the guidance of veteran filmmaker Mani Kaul.


Beside the Osian’s-Cinefan, he also programming the Thrissur International Film Festival (TIFF) at Thrissur in Kerala from the beginning of the year of 2006 to the 5 th Edition of TIFF happened in August 2010. For this festival he use to curate the International Feature and Indian feature film sections.

The Social Communication Cinema Conference organised by Roopkala Kendro, a film making institution under the Government of West Bengal at Kolkata, here he is involved as a Festival Programmer for the International section as well as the Hindi Urdu section. Since 2008, he is involved with the Conference. The last conference successfully held on 15-21 February 2011 at Kolkata.


In the Kolkata Film Festival, he is curating the International Forum of World Cinema section since last three years, 2008 onwards. Here his responsibility to curate the International Feature and Indian feature film sections.


In 2009 he has successfully programed the 1st Ahmedabad International Film Festival and the Indian Film Section at the Chungmuro International Film Festival at Chungmuro near Seoul in South Korea.


The 1 st Pravasi Film Festival at New Delhi in 2010, where Santanu was responsible as Film Selector and Festival Designer, as he independently design and visualize the concept and theme of the very successful 1st edition of the film festival.


CINE ASA 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival (18th -24th January 2010) also programmed by him.

He was also responsible for the press and media coordination of NETPAC Imaging Asia Film Conference in August 2010 in Delhi.


During August to December he was working with the Directorate of Film Festival, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India for the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The 41st edition of the biggest and oldest film festival of India held at Goa on 22 November – 2 December 2010. Where he was responsible for the curation of the Cinema of the World and the Competition sections.


He has very successfully organised the 6 th International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT) in Kerala. Here first time he was programming the festival as Chief Curator with the responsibility to showcase the contemporary Indian as well as world cinema and Michael Cacoyannis Retrospective, 25-31 March 2011.


The 1st edition of the City Pulse World Cinema: Gandhinagar International Film Festival in Gujarat, was the unbelievable success here also he was working as an independent curator to design the whole festival for the City Pulse Film and Television Institute, affiliated to Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan. The festival was held on 21-15April 2011 at Gandhinagar the capital of Gujarat and the 2nd edition held on 30 August to 3 September 2012.


After the great success of Gandhinagar the Municipal Corporation and film society from Surat also organised the Narmad International Film Festival, Surat 2011 from 16-19 June. Which was also seen an unexpected overwhelmed response from the local audience for first time to be exposed towards the regional Indian cinema as well as the non-Hollywood international movies.


Jagran Film Festival, a travelling film festivals being organising by the leading Hindi newspaper the Dainik Jagran, which starts in Delhi then travels to nineteen various cities in and the finale at Mumbai.


Kolkata International Children Film Festival (KICFF) here Santanu is in the Executive Committee of the KICFF, and also helping the curation part of the festival, since last three year, organised by the Shishu Kishore Akademy under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of West Bengal.


Since 2012 he is associated with the Rafi Peer International Film Festival at Lahore in Pakistan organised the prestigious Rafi Peer Theatre Foundation. From 2013 to till date he has being associated with the festival as a Festival Curator. In the latest editio17-19 December 2015, veteran actor Om Puri and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar were present and thoroughly enjoyed the festival.


In 2013 he curated the Indian section of the Koushiang International Film Festival in Taiwan, where festival celebrated the 100 Years of Indian Cinema. NETPAC India started The Inner Path – Buddhist Festival: Film, Discourse, Exhibition in Delhi and then travelled to Pune, in the year of 2012. Santanu is an integral part of the festival since the beginning to till date.


NETPAC has organised an international seminar Roots, Identity & Modernity in 2013 in Delhi, where Santanu was in-charge of curation and publicity.

In 2014 Santanu has curated the Sambodh Buddhist Film Festival organised by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), A World Buddhist Body at the most prestigious and auspicious Buddhist celebration the Kalachakra at Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir. Where veteran Hollywood actor Richard Gare inaugurated the festival, during the 10 day celebration and teaching by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.


In the year 2015, the first time ever Dehradun International Film Festival (DIFF) held in the capital of Uttrakhand. Where at the Closing Ceremony, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr. Harish Rawat was present and highly appreciated the film festival.


The SMILE International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY), 21-27 December 2015, came as a gift to Delhi people as the annual Children and Youth Film Festival.


Recently Santanu Ganguly has been invited by the Karnataka Chalachhitra Academy to attend the 8 th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 28 Jan – 4 Feb 2016, as the JURY member for the Karnataka films section.


In 2012, Santanu Ganguly has been honoured by the Government of Taiwan as “The Future Leader of South Asia” for his contribution towards the field of cinema and culture.


Santanu Ganguly is regularly writing for Incredible India, An Indian Journey, Indian Creative Mind, Art & Deal, Spice Route, Sattva, Eclectic Times, Le City Deluxe, Dash magazines, The Employment News and The Pioneer newspapers on Cinema, art – culture, book, music, fashion and travel – hospitality.