World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni


Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, born in Pune in 1976, studied commerce and law. He worked as an assistant director to filmmakers Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar on their feature films and documentaries. He specialised in direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and did a summer university course at La FEMIS, Paris, in 2000. His FTII diploma film Girni (The Grinding Machine) won the National Award for best short film and best direction in 2005. His short documentary Three of Us premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2008 and won many international awards. His debut feature film Valu (The Wild Bull) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2008, to much acclaim.

2009 Vihir (The Well)
2008 Valu (The Wild Bull)

2010 Gaarud (The Spell)
2010 Vilay (Dissolution)
2008 Three of Us
2005 Girni (The Grinding Machine)
2003 Darshan (Divine Sight)