BIO

Shakti Bhagchandani is a filmmaker from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She completed her BA in English Literature at King's College London and her MFA in Film at Columbia University.

 

She is the first writer/director from the UAE to have work showcased at Sundance Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinematek, BFI London Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and others.

 

She is an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Lab, an alum of the National Academy of Sciences' documentary retreat, and a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. Alongside her work as a filmmaker, she is also a professor of screenwriting and directing at Pratt Institute.

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Festivals

Kingdom Come

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL, ITALY, 2019

Kingdom Come

STOCKHOLM FILM FESTIVAL, SWEDEN, 2019

How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, UK, 2018

Lostfound

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2017

How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2018

Lostfound   

BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, USA, 2017

British by the Grace of God

LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL, SWITZERLAND, 2017

British by the Grace of God

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, UK, 2017

British by the Grace of God

VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPAIN, 2017

British by the Grace of God

BRNO 16 SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2017

Absent

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2017

British by the Grace of God

ZAGREB FILM FESTIVAL, CROATIA, 2017

Lostfound

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2016

Absent

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2017

Absent

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2017

Lostfound   

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2016

Lostfound   

HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2016

The Rabbit   

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTSFEST, USA, 2015

Lostfound

FEMINIST BORDER ARTS FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2017

Lostfound

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2016

The Rabbit   

LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL, UK, 2015

The Rabbit   

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES, USA, 2015

Fellowships

Fellow

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER RETREAT, 2017

Fellow

SUNDANCE SCREENWRITERS INTENSIVE LAB, 2016

Fellow

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP, 2014-2015