Meenakshi Shedde, an independent film curator and critic based in Mumbai, has been invited on the Grand Jury of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. She will judge films in the main Competition section of the festival that runs from June 28-July 6, 2013.

Winner of the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1998, Meenakshi has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals worldwide, including the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Shedde is currently India Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai film festivals.

The Grand Jury is headed by Polish screenwriter and director Agnieszka Holland who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes for her feature debut Provincial Actors (1978) and two Oscar nominations for Angry Harvest (1984) and In Darkness (2011). The Jury comprises of  Czech film distributor, Ivo Andrle; Artistic director of the Tribeca film festival, Frédéric Boyer; Israeli cinematheque director and film festival initiator, Alon Garbuz; Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa and Icelandic film producer Sigurjon “Joni” Sighvatsson.