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The International Association of Women in Radio & Television, India

The vision of IAWRT Chapter India is to enable perspective building on issues faced by women media practitioners, while keeping a sharp focus on the changing media landscape, and work towards creating a space where women media practitioners can work without bias, discrimination or abuse.

What we do

The Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship
The Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship

Instituted in the memory of Jai Chandiram by her family, the Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship is awarded bi-annually and supports media and research projects by members of the IAWRT India Chapter. Jai Chandiram was a distinguished media professional and former Deputy Director General (DDG) of Doordarshan. She was the founding member and Managing Trustee of IAWRT India Chapter and the first Asian to be the President of IAWRT International.

JCMF 2020 has been awarded to the project, THE GIRLS’ HOSTEL, FTII proposed collaboratively by IAWRT members Bina Paul, Reena Mohan and Surabhi Sharma. The project is part online archive and database, and part travelling exhibition, based on “a collective untold memory of the history of women’s contribution to Indian Cinema and the experiences of working in a male dominated field.”

The previous Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowships were awarded to filmmakers, Iram Ghufran, Debjani Mukherjee and Madhumanti Sengupta.


The 2024 edition of the Asian Women's Film Festival will be held at the India International Centre 7th- 9th March 2024, with a curation of film screenings, conversations and master classes.

The Festival Director is Bina Paul working along with Aaradhana Kohli, Managing Trustee, the Board and a team of volunteers from among the membership.


Mudri Jinki
A festival of films from Ukraine made by Women Filmmakers.

Organized by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Chapter India the
day-long festival “Mudri Zhinky: Wise Women” featured 11 short films and a long documentary made by women filmmakers from Ukraine to a packed auditorium. The festival was curated by IAWRT member Smriti Nevatia, and organised by Aaradhana Kohli ,Managing Trustee, IAWRT Chapter India. It was a specially curated package where each film portrayed a different aspect of life in Ukraine. The event was held In collaboration with Ukrainian Female Film Industry (UFFI). Three sessions of virtual interaction with the
filmmakers were also conducted with the audience members asking questions of the film makers leading to animated discussions on zoom.

Announcing the First IAWRT-Shaw Fellowship


We are happy to announce that Anukriti Lal and Ghania Siddique, students at  the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, have been awarded the first IAWRT-Shaw Fellowship 2022.

The IAWRT-Shaw Memorial Fellowship is a bi-annual fellowship, instituted by our member, Padmaja Shaw, in the name of her late husband Rajendra Shaw. Rajendra Shaw (1949-2013) graduated from FTII Pune in 1975 and worked his entire professional life in social communication sector, developing support materials, teaching and training people in visual and text documentation. He also mentored young people in photography, and textual documentation, videography and video-editing. The fellowship is instituted in his memory and seeks to increase the representation of Dalit/Adivasi/Minority women in the media.


Anukriti Lal is from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. After graduating from NIFT Kolkata, she worked as a content writer for two years. In order to follow her passion for cinema and writing, she applied to FTII, Pune and was selected for the Masters programme in Screenplay. Anukriti would like to use the fellowship to fund her fees at FTII to continue her studies, enabling her to write stories about her Dalit community, particularly women in the community who have inspired her a lot.




Ghania Siddique completed her Masters in Mass Communication, from AJK MCRC New Delhi, and has a Bachelors Honour degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She is currently pursuing Electronic Cinematography at FTII. Besides Film and Media, she has also actively practised theatre and music. She plans to use the fellowship to buy a lens for her camera kit and to contribute towards the fee paid for the FTII course.



Congratulations, Anukriti and Ghania!


Dr. Anjali Monterio elected to IAWRT International Board
Dr. Anjali Monterio elected to IAWRT International Board

Anjali has been a member of IAWRT since 2009. Anjali Monteiro retired as a Professor in 2020, from the School of Media Studies , Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. A prolific filmmaker, Anjali has over 35 films to her credit. Almost all have garnered both National & International success.
She has contributed hugely to the festival and IAWRT.


Displacement & Resilience
(Executive Producer:Chandita Mukherjee)

A 57 minute Film, Displacement and Resilience is the 2018-2019 IAWRT long documentary project.

The 2019 IAWRT documentary, Displacement & Resilience: women Iive for a new day, is on the theme of the worldwide refugee crisis and rising intolerance and polarisation all over the world.

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