Snigdha 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.
Her first brush with filmmaking happened in 2006 while studying journalism when she 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 her up to the world of cinematography, it also served its purpose of making people uncomfortable with the title and started a conversation around 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 Masters degree in advertising. After winning the competition, she decided to move to the US to pursue filmmaking finally.
Her work focuses on exploring unheard stories that break stereotypes and gender norms. It spans from narrative films, music videos to commercial content and has screened at festivals such as Asian American International Film Festival, HollyShorts, 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 her feature screenplay Mamma Be, an adaptation of her short, The Other Side, which is currently in pre-production. The Other Side is one of the top 10 short screenplays at ScreenCraft 2019 and is supported by The Gotham (formerly IFP) as a fiscal sponsor.