Alex Sangha – Producer

Alex has a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.  He has a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia with a First Class Standing.

Alex is the founder of the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society which is a registered charity for LGBTQ South Asians and friends. Sher Films is a division of the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society.

Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association. 

Alex is also a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and DOC BC. 

Alex completed the Business for Producers Course with the National Screen Institute.

Alex has produced an award-winning short documentary film entitled, My Name Was January, and his debut feature documentary film, Emergence: Out of the Shadows. Alex’s next documentary film which is tentatively titled, An Immigrant Story, captures the journey of newcomers and settlers from different parts of India to different parts of Canada.

Alex has received many awards and recognitions.  Most notably, he was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from Her Excellency The Right Honourable, Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada.

Vinay Giridhar – Director and Editor

Vinay completed the Digital Graphic Design Program at Vancouver Community College and a Diploma in Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School. 

Vinay completed the animated short film “Loves Age,” which was an official selection at the HollyShorts Film Festival in California which is an Academy Award Qualifying Festival. Check it out: Love’s Age

Vinay worked as the Art Director and Graphic Designer for a South Asian Lifestyle Magazine.  Vinay has edited numerous short videos and has done significant art and design and film and video work for the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society.  

Vinay is the director and editor of Emergence: Out of the Shadows, as well as Sher Films upcoming documentary tentatively titled, An Immigrant Story.

Bhavesh Chauhan – Director of Photography

Bhavesh Chauhan is an independent filmmaker, music video director and cinematographer. His career in filmmaking has spanned almost 15 years with humble beginnings making shorts with his friends in high school. Many of his films have gone on to screen and win awards at numerous film festivals around the world. Some recent productions that feature his work include shorts “Solidarity Lives,” “Prisoner,” “Lovely Mummers,” and “A Calling,” a web series pilot with TELUS StoryHive “Lux-Me,” a Crazy8s short “Mom vs. Machine, and a feature film “Jewel Fools” which screened at the Calgary International Film Festival.

Bhavesh is the Director of Photography for Sher Films upcoming documentary film tentatively titled, An Immigrant Story, as well as he did some cinematography on Emergence: Out of the Shadows.

Varnnitha Venugopal – Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager

Varnnitha Venugopal is originally from Kerala, India and currently lives in Surrey, B.C.  Varnnitha is the Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager for Sher Films debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, as well as Sher Films upcoming film tentatively titled, An Immigrant Story. 

She has a Professional Masters in Computer Science with a Big Data specialization from Simon Fraser University.  She is currently enrolled in the Applied Data Analytics Certificate program at the British Columbia Insitute of Technology.  She has worked as a Systems Engineer with Infosys Ltd. In India and in Enterprise Intelligence and Data with Vancity Savings Credit Union. 

Sean Farnel – Consulting Producer

Sean Farnel provides creative, marketing and distribution services to documentary producers, companies and institutions. He was the first Director of Programming for Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure.

Prior to joining Hot Docs, Sean created the popular national screening series Doc Soup and founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he developed and launched TIFF’s initial strategic plan for Learning programmes.

Sean has done research and strategic consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, FilmFreeway, the Documentary Organization of Canada, and other media companies in the private and public sectors.

Along with writing for numerous publications, Sean has served as a mentor, facilitator, panelist and juror at hundreds of film events.