Joanna Croston grew up and went to university in Eastern Canada, but it wasn’t until she moved to the Canadian Rockies permanently in 1998 that she really got schooled. In 2007, after a few years working as a gearhead in some local climbing shops, she finally found her dream job that merged mountain culture with her love of outdoor pursuits when she began working for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. She has been the Programming Director of the Festival since 2014.
She reads more than 70 mountain literature books and watches 350 mountain films annually. In addition to being a voracious reader and film enthusiast, she is an avid backcountry skier and has skied throughout North America, the Alps, Kashmir and the Indian Himalaya. As a climber she has summited many of the classic 11,000 ft. peaks in her own backyard of the Rockies. Her writing has appeared in Highline Magazine, Gripped, The Canadian Alpine Journal and Alpinist. She also serves on the Mountain Culture Committee of the Alpine Club of Canada and is a representative for the International Alliance for Mountain Film.
Reena Mohan is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked out of India, Dubai, Kathmandu and London. She has received several awards for her work including three National Awards (as producer, director and editor). She graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune in 1982 with a specialization in editing and since then has edited several features, television serials and over 50 documentaries for leading producers and directors. She produced and directed her first award-winning documentary Kamlabai in 1991. This was followed by more than 10 documentaries that have received widespread recognition including Skin Deep (1998) and On An Express Highway (2003).
She has conducted workshops on documentary practice for over three decades in leading educational institutes in India (FTII, SRFTI, NID to name a few) and was also the Course Coordinator at SAE, Dubai. She has served as jury member of several prestigious international film festivals in India and abroad. As a curator, she has been associated with several film festivals and also been Co-Director of the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival, New Delhi, from 2010-2012. She was also the Managing Trustee of the India Chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) from 2012-2015.
Kesang Tseten’s documentaries have been regularly screened in Nepal and at international film festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Yamagata, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Viennale, the Margaret Mead Film festival. We Homes Chaps (2002), On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath (2006), We Corner People (2007), Who Will Be a Gurkha (2012) and his trilogy of films on Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf have won wide recognition.
His most recent films are Trembling Mountain (2016), about the earthquake survivors of Langtang rebuilding their destroyed village, and Hospital, about a rural state-run hospital in one of Nepal’s poorest districts. Tseten has been the recipient of grants from Busan, IDFA and the Sundance Institute for his films. He wrote the original screenplay for the feature Karma (2006) and Mukundo (2000), which was Nepal’s entry to the Academy Awards. Before filmmaking, Tseten was a writer and associate editor at Himal Magazine. He is a graduate from Dr. Graham’s School in India, Amherst College and Columbia University in the US.