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HG Krsnanandini Dasi: Life & Legacy

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Documentary Film Project Proposal
The film project’s purpose is to pay tribute to Krsnanandini Dasi by presenting her inspiring life and the impact she made on her family, spiritual community, and society at large.
Your donations will help us to preserve Krsnanandini Dasi's life and legacy with a documentary that depicts Krsnanandini Dasi’s journey and impact based on interviews with herself, with additionally recorded events and family gatherings, as well as interviews with family members and people who were impacted by her life. Language: English with the option of subtitles in different languages. Distribution: worldwide through streaming services, ISKCON-organizations and educational institutions.
Director’s Credentials:
Krishna-lila dasi (Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.) is a religious and literary studies scholar, an activist, cultural diplomat and filmmaker. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies and Vaishnava Aesthetics from the University of Budapest, Hungary, a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University, and a Certificate in Documentary Film Producing from the New York Film Academy.
As a college lecturer she taught Vaishnava Literature and Media Communications for 15 years and Visual Arts and Design for 4 years.
She is the writer-producer of over 40 feature documentaries, short films and videos, author of three books, and dozens of articles. Her films related to bhakti-culture, environmental, human rights, religious and minority issues, and interfaith dialogue, have been broadcast on several international television channels. Her works includes the feature documentaries The Joy of Devotion, The Stolen River and Nature’s I.Q. (See more info, and links to films below.)
Her films have received 14 awards, including the American Religion Communications Council’s DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award in Chicago, IL, for her The Joy of Devotion film; the top ‘Best in Show’ Award at the Cinema Verde International Environmental Films & Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL; ‘The Best Green Film’ Award at the LIFFT India Cinefest in Mumbai, India, and an ‘Award of Recognition’ at the prestigious Impact DOCS Award Competition in California for her The Stolen River film.
For her services in the International Society for Krishna-consciousness, in 2016, Krishna-lila received the ‘ISKCON Europe Excellence Award’ from the European GBC. For her achievement in presenting the bhakti-culture through filmmaking, in 2017, in Mayapur, she was given the ‘Lifetime Achievements’ Nityananda Award.
For a full list of Krishna-lila’s films visit:
How your money will be used:
Preliminary remarks
1. Since the brainstorming with the family about the possible artistic angle, the additional shooting schedule and locations is still going on, the budget below has not been finalized, but could be regarded as a “ballpark” reference. (The below numbers reflect 10 additional shooting days in 3 US locations, and a final documentary with a 45-60 min running time.)
2. As much as possible, the production will work with ISKCON-devotee professionals, who understand the mood of the film, also tend to charge less than the industry standard.
  • Research & Script $2,500
  • Producing $1,000
  • Trailer $2,000
Total expenses $5,500
PRODUCTION (with 10 shooting days in 3 locations)
  • Travel & logistics $1,900
  • Equipment Rental $750
  • External Drives, SD Cards $250
  • Producing $2,500
  • Directing $5,000
  • Cinematography & Sound $5,000
  • Insurance $250
  • Misc. Location Expenses $600
  • Contingency $1,000
Total expenses $17,250
  • Editing Script $2,500
  • Producing $2,500
  • Directing $6,500
  • Editing $6,500
  • Sound engineering, color correction $1,200
  • Graphic design $500
  • Equipment rental $300
  • Extra footage, stock material $2,000
  • Music rights $150
  • Accounting, legal $450
  • Contingency $600
Total expenses $23,200
  • Film festivals, social media marketing $3,000
  • Legal $550
  • Insurance $300
Total expenses $3,850

Organized by: Vaishnavi Ministry North America
Our Vaisnhavi Ministry aims to uphold Srila Prabhupada’s legacy in relation to Vaishnavis, honoring Krsnanandini Devi's life and service aligns with our mission to facilitate the Vaishnavi voice in diverse aspects of devotional life and inspire women inquisitive about bhakti. We know generations to come will benefit from this association with a wonderful devotee of Sri Krishna and deciple of Srila Prabhupada through this film. 

Thank you for donating any amount to help make this amazing project a reality.
Hare Krishna


  • Ghanasyam Bey
    • $5 
    • 2 mos
  • Urissee Gatdula
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Dan Cahn
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Crystal Garnett
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Bhakti Dasi
    • $300 
    • 2 yrs


Vaishnavi Ministry NA
Cleveland, OH
The Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute

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