Gurpal Singh
Actor, Comedian, Founder – Bring Your Own Film Festival
A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Gurpal Singh has worked on several films, documentaries and televisions shows in various capacities – as an actor, director, as well as a casting director. His pranks on the candid camera show Chhupa Rustam established him as an actor and since then there has been no looking back. Gurpal is an avid traveller and foodie and he combines these passions with his love for theatre. He is the founder of BYOFF (Bring Your Own Film Festival, Puri) and frequently organizes several small gatherings and festivals for independent musicians, filmmakers and occasionally folk musicians. BYOFF is a film festival without hierarchy, competition, juries or awards, where filmmakers as well as artists from other disciplines are encouraged to participate and show their work. It is an alternative platform for filmmakers ever since its first edition in the year 2004, whose basic idea has been to move away from the oppressive atmosphere of bureaucratic control in big cities, to a space where just about anybody – with or without films – can participate.