Snigdha (She/They) is an India-born, New York-based filmmaker with a background in journalism and advertising. Growing up in a small city, she found herself navigating gender norms every day, also reflected in films accessible to her at the time. She saw an extremely skewed representation of herself in mainstream media, primarily from a male perspective.
Their first brush with filmmaking happened in 2006 while studying journalism when they and four other classmates made a docu-drama titled Four Women And A Hole as part of their thesis film. The story was about four women on a road trip stuck in a flat tire situation with an all-women cast and crew. While filming this project opened them up to the world of cinematography, it also served its purpose of making people uncomfortable with the title and starting a conversation about women and their sexual repression in a patriarchal society.
After a brief stint at an advertising and design firm, she reconnected with her passion for storytelling by participating in an on-campus filmmaking competition while pursuing her Master's degree in advertising. After winning the competition, she decided to move to the US to pursue filmmaking.
Their work focuses on stories exploring complex identities and challenging the convenient categorization of narratives around gender norms and sexuality. It spans from narrative films, music videos to commercial content and has screened at festivals such as Asian American International Film Festival, HollyShorts, Cinequest, New York Shorts International Film Festival, Delhi Art Gallery (New York), and has featured in Oyster Magazine, Seema Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine, and Chilean Film Catalog.
She is currently developing a feature screenplay, an adaptation of Look Like You (formerly The Other Side), shortlisted at Sundance and Define 1497 Labs. The Other Side was one of the top 10 short screenplays at ScreenCraft 2019 and is supported by The Gotham (formerly IFP) as a fiscal sponsor. She is also developing a narrative short film exploring the idea of freedom that comes with being a Permanent Resident Alien, told from the lens of a recently immigrated South Asian family.