London Web Fest Welcomes Guest Judge Shona Auerbach

London Web Fest Welcomes Guest Judge Shona Auerbach

Monthly International Web and Short Film Festival recognizes filmmakers

London Web Fest, an international online film festival celebrating everything short, today announced that BAFTA-nominated director Shona Auerbach will be joining its
team of judges as a guest judge. Previous guest judges have come from all film industry sectors and are at the top of their professions. Guest judges have included Nick Coupe, Producer for the BBC, Channel 4, and Sky Arts; Phil Lee, sound designer for Paramount, Fox Searchlight, and Universal; and Kristin

Atherton, actress for RSC, the National Theatre, and the BBC. “We’ve quickly gained momentum and attracted fantastic guest judges from the film industry,” said Festival Director Saul Marron. “Each month, we’re amazed by the breadth of storytelling possible in the films and web series we receive. Shona’s amazing work as a director and cinematographer form a perfect match to judge the high bar set by the filmmakers in our festival.”

Auerbach is a British film director and cinematographer. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Director (Dear Frankie, Pathé), the Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award, the High Falls Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival Cowboy Award for Best Feature Film.

Guest judges review submissions and provide feedback. The online festival culminates with a Live Screening and Awards event in the heart of London’s Tottenham Court Road, showcasing the year’s monthly winners. “I am passionate about the short film format,” Auerbach said. “I started out my career 
by making a short film, and for me personally, it allowed real expression of thought and embraced storytelling in a concise, liberating way. We have found that blending online and live screenings is a greatway to share films with the broadest possible audience.”

London Web Festival also hosts monthly Q&As with panel members from the “Official Selections,” with topics ranging from Directing, Cinematography, sound design, and International Acting.

Saul Marron is the festival director as well as an award-winning writer, producer, and director.  “After being on the festival circuit myself in the past and seeing how many faceless festivals there were out there, I set up the festival for filmmakers to have their work seen by legitimate professionals that run the gamut of the industry,” Marron said.

London Web Fest is an IMDb qualifying festival. January winners included

Best Web Series – Loving Captivity

Best Short Film – Holestepper

Best Student Film – heart whispers

Best Documentary – Going Deeper,

and Best Animation – yuluu

Each month, the guest judge donates their fee to a charity of their choice. Auerbach has chosen Orangutan outreach. Orangutan Outreach’s mission is to protect orangutans in their native forests of Borneo and Sumatra while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment. They seek to raise funds and promote public awareness of orangutan conservation

issues by collaborating with partner organizations worldwide.
For more information or to submit a film or series, visit

New York Director Casts A Magic Spell With New Take On The Life Of M.K.Gandhi

Ram Alladi, Director of the award winning film ‘Chiseled’, is set to release his ambitious and mesmerising ‘’Ra’s Metanoia’’; a re-imaging of the life of the legendary Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Shot entirely in New York and New Jersey, ‘Ra’s Metanoia’ combines vintage film styling with state of the art computer generated sets to create this spellbinding non-linear telling of Gandhi’s life based on Gandhi’s writings – most significantly, his memoir, ‘Magic Spell Of A Book’.

A periodic drama with historically accurate fictional elements, ‘Ra’s Metanoia’ takes the audience through the key moments in Gandhi’s life; from childhood to his untimely death in 1948 in New Delhi. Although Ram Alladi has taken care to avoid religious and cultural references, the more spiritual elements of the father of the nation’s life and philosophies are beautifully illustrated with clever symbolism and a sublime script.

The Story
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who changed the world as we know it through non-violent resistance and successful civil rights campaigning, including freeing India from British rule.

‘Ra’s Metanoia’ chronicles Gandhi’s extraordinary life with a combination of fact and fiction whilst encapsulating scientific concepts such as quantum mechanics, Einstein Rosenberg bridge and rare space elements. The film seamlessly weaves a tapestry of a richly narrated story with Gandhi principles.

Ram Alladi achieves this with his usual flair by tapping into stunning imagery and symbolism.

Based on the director’s childhood fascination with Gandhi, ‘Ra’s Metanoia’ has been derived largely through the words of Gandhi himself and, Gandhism is the central theme of the film, despite its occasional fictional elements. Ram Alladi originally intended to craft a screenplay from Gandhi’s memoir, ‘Magic Spell Of A Book’ but, it soon became clear that this multifaceted tale deserved something a little different. Having grown up paying tribute to Gandhi on national holidays, ‘Gandhi amar rahe’ (long live Gandhi) was such a central theme in Ram’s life that he spent much of his childhood believing that his hero was still alive. Ram remembers visiting the Gandhi Museum in New Delhi and wondering how he could remove the blood stains from Gandhi’s showcased shawl.

The music
Music was very much a love of Gandhi’s life and Ram Alladi has been fastidious in ensuring that ‘Ra’s Metanoia’’s soundtrack reflects that.

Most notably, the re-composed and re-imagined soundtrack features one of Gandhi’s favorite songs, ‘Ekla Chalo’ which was written by the Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore.

All of the music in ‘Ra’s Metanoia’ is performed with authentic, acoustic Indian instruments in order to recreate the sounds that Gandhi loved so much. The film’s background score composer is the celebrated Bharadwaj V Komaragiri who composed ‘Ra’s Metanoia’’s sound effect design including the distinctive ticking sound of Gandhi’s Ingersoll watch.

Cast & Crew:
Srinivas Rao Sanapathi, Rajesh Rajagopal, Tej Kondeti and Deepak Bhimarasettyplayed Mohanddas Karamchand Gandhi role, Patrick J Lloyd, Lorenzo Paladino, Mamadau Cisse, Saritha Navali, Kamya Rayasam played Kasturba Gandhi, Abhiram Naluvala, Rajaprasad, Rajiv Visupte, Satish.P, S.S.V.Prasad, Dasharathi Gattu, Varsha Rayasam, Shriya Singh, Shiva Kondeti, Dr. Khushboo Singh (Putlibai), Lakshmi Rao, Adhya Alladi, Sanjana Kondeti

Edited By Rakesh Challa, Director of Lighting by Sathish Rontala, Music By Bharadwaj V Komaragiri, Costumes by Poornima Alladi, VFX by Rudra Alladi, Adam Crawford, Krishna Guntupally

Produced by Ar ItWorks, LLC

‘Ra’s Metanoia’ will be screened at major film festivals and within prestigious film institutions beginning October 2nd 2020.

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Healthy Performance Appoints Non-Executive Director

Leading employee wellbeing specialists Healthy Performance are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Crampsie as a Non-Executive Director.

As part of our ambitious growth plans, Adam has been recruited to help support the implementation of the companies exciting strategy.

Wayne Campbell, CEO and founder of Healthy Performance said “We have seen really strong growth over the last five years and have an ambitious but very achievable strategy for the next five years. Having spoken with Adam over the last few months, and after sharing an outline of our plans, he was genuinely excited about how he could help us achieve this. With Adam’s commercial and wellbeing experience, he is the ideal person to help shape our future”.

Adam commented, “I am delighted to join Healthy Performance as a Non-Executive Director. Health and wellbeing is a passion of mine and something I have dedicated my career to. Healthy Performance has such a great proposition for the workplace wellbeing market, alongside industry-leading technology, so the decision to join was not a difficult one! I am excited to work with Wayne and the Healthy Performance leadership team to further grow the business to become the UK’s leading wellbeing provider”.

Healthy Performance are a specialist Employee Wellbeing provider who deliver a range of online and onsite solutions to leading global brands and SMEs across the UK.

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To connect with Adam and discover the wealth of experience he is bringing to Healthy Performance please view his LinkedIn profile.

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AngelMD Adds Executive Medical Director to Senior Leadership Team

AngelMD is proud to announce the addition of a clinician-entrepreneur-investor to the ranks of its growing leadership team. Murdoc Khaleghi, MD, MBA has stepped into the role of Executive Medical Director and will focus on physician engagement/education and investment analysis.

“Dr. Khaleghi is the perfect addition to the team. His entrepreneurial and investing experience, while also having been a physician and hospital leader, give him a perspective that ensures we are effectively working with physicians and health systems to evaluate and advise ventures.” said Tobin Arthur, CEO AngelMD.

Murdoc Khaleghi, MD, MBA is an Emergency Medicine physician who has co-founded and/or served as Founding Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of several life science and health technology ventures including StemoniX, EverlyWell, WellnessFX, and others. After years of angel investing, more recently he has led the Life Science investing cohort of Rockies Venture Club, one of the largest in the country. He has also served as President/CEO of Westfield Emergency Physicians and Chief Medical Information Office of Baystate Noble Hospital. Dr. Khaleghi has degrees in medicine, bioengineering, and business, from Columbia University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego.

The heart of the AngelMD network has been physicians, dentists, and scientists, and has developed clinician talent on the management team to optimize network growth and engagement. Physician members of the AngelMD community help source, evaluate and advise companies to create company and physician success.

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AngelMD — an online Healthcare Investment and Innovation Marketplace — connects and engages a network of healthcare providers and subject matter experts, angel and institutional investors and private healthcare companies through a technology platform to create better outcomes for investors, entrepreneurs and patients. For more information, visit

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Board of Innovation Opens its Inaugural APAC Office and Appoints JF Legourd Managing Director APAC

Global business design and innovation strategy firm Board of Innovation today announced that it has launched an Asia-Pacific hub in Singapore and appointed Jean-Francois (JF) Legourd as its Managing Director, effective March 1.

JF joins Board of Innovation from Singtel and HaloLife, where he served as Group Director – Strategy, and CEO, respectively. JF will be bringing his experience in corporate strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship to Board of Innovation to accelerate the emergence of Southeast Asian innovative global champions.

Additionally, Board of Innovation will benefit from JF’s past experience as:

• Samsung (APAC) Head of Digital and Regional Strategy Lead
• Samsung (Korea) Chairman Office, Group Strategy
• Gartner (CEB) EMEA Director of Research & Consulting

Jean-Francois holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc from Audencia. He has lived and worked across Korea, ASEAN, South Africa, the UK, and the US for most of his career.

“Joining Board of Innovation is choosing a meaningful impact over a comfortable status quo, walking the talk we so often recommend to others. I feel energized by our mission to grow APAC regional and global champions using our industry experts, proven entrepreneurs, and unafraid innovators,” says JF. “Our first mission will be to cast away the innovation theatre that is creating cynicism and wasting scarce resources. Our second mission will be to build business models from, by, and for the developing world, putting ASEAN in the driver’s seat. Lastly, our overarching mission will be to inspire others to do the same, regardless of their scale.”

“I’m excited to see JF joining our company,” says Philippe De Ridder, CEO of Board of Innovation. “His unique track record in corporate strategy, consulting, and venturing make him an ideal leader to head up and grow our APAC business. Our new hub in Singapore will enable us to better serve our clients in the region.”

About Board of Innovation: Board of Innovation is a business design and innovation strategy firm. For more than 10 years, its consultants have helped Fortune 500 organizations uncover new opportunities for growth by developing innovation strategies, innovation capabilities, and new businesses using their assets and core strengths.

Board of Innovation operates from offices in New York, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Singapore with clients in health/life sciences (Roche, Novartis), banking/finance (ING, NN), heavy industry (Lafarge Holcim), fast-moving consumer goods/retail (Danone, Estée Lauder), telco (Liberty Global, Telnor), mobility/aviation (KLM, Volkswagen), and more.

Board of Innovation’s long-term mission is to inspire 100 million people to innovate for a better tomorrow. To achieve this goal, its team has built the most comprehensive open-source innovation knowledge base on the web. publishes tools, guides, in-depth breakdowns of methodologies, how-to articles, and webinars to give you everything you need to develop successful new businesses.

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