Bijaya Jena is an alumni of the Film Institute of India, Pune with Diploma in Film Acting and a celebrated actress from Orissa and winner of National award for film TARA; her second feature film ABHAAS has participated in several film festivals. Member of the Jury in the National Feature Film Awards. She was on the Governing Council of the Film & TV Institute of India from 1992-95. Member of the Jury in Fajr International Film Festival in Teheran, Iran, 2007. Member of the Jury in Kish International Film Festival, Iran, 2011. Member of the Jury in Roshd International Educational Films (Features), Iran, 2012. Has received award by the Municipality of Pinamar,Argentina in 2014. Member of the Jury in Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia, 2015. Member of the Indian Panorama Jury, International Film Festival of India, Goa, Jury, 2015. Chairperson,Goa State Film Awards,2016. Member of the jury, Indian competition section, Bengaluru International Film Festival,2017. Chairperson of the jury, Guwahati Heritage Film Festival, March 2017.