SWETHA REGUNATHAN is a filmmaker based between DC and NYC. She received an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film program and a PhD in English from Brown University. Her short films include BEFORE IT BREAKS (True/False ’23); FOREVER TONIGHT (Short of the Week ’22; MdFF ’21; HollyShorts ’21; Indian Film Festival of LA ’21) and HASIM OCTOBER (NoBudge ’19, Chicago South Asian FF ’18). She’s received awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, South Asian Film Festival of America, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition and was a finalist for the SHOWTIME® Tony Cox Screenplay Contest (2019) & shortlisted for a Lexus Short Films award (2017). Her feature BURNOUT (in dev) was selected for the 2023 NYU Purple List and the 2023 NYU Production Lab Development Studio. Another feature, SUNDARBANS (in dev) was selected for the 2020 Cine Qua Non Storylines Lab and the inaugural 1497 South Asian Writers Lab. She was also a 2020-21 Gotham (IFP) Marcie Bloom Fellow. SR produced BETWEEN EARTH & SKY (Jury Prize at Big Sky Film Festival ’23; Hot Docs ’23) and IF THERE IS LIGHT (Tribeca Film Festival ’19) and also directed music videos for artist Sunny Jain, which premiered on Brooklyn Vegan and Rolling Stone India. Her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, n+1, Guernica, et al., and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Best American Essay.
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