Anu Valia


if you're here, i'm assuming you want to know a little about me.
well, you've come to the right place.

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If you're here, I'm assuming you want to know a little about me. Well, you've come to the right place.

I'm a human who likes other humans. I'm also a writer, director, producer, and actor who's created and appeared in videos for MTV, IFC, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Adult Swim, CollegeHumor, Above Average, Vox Media, Glamour, Refinery29, and more.

My most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for US Fiction. It has played around the world as part of the Sundance Shorts Tour and has been an official selection at 30+ festivals, including SXSW, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. Lucia was part of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology series, made with support from Women at Sundance and Killer Films.

Lucia, Before and After is a companion piece to my feature film, We Strangers, which will be filming in 2018. We Strangers is supported by Cinereach and part of IFP's No Borders program.

My previous short film, Drifters, was a Special Jury Mention for Narrative Shorts at New Orleans Festival, and won Best Experimental Short at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It premiered online on filmmaker Kentucker Audley's and was a featured on Vimeo's Deep Vimeo channel. The short and my work was recently featured in France's biennial CineWomen Cahiers magazine.

My student thesis film, Figs, was a Student Academy Award Semifinalist, a National Board of Review Grant Finalist, and an NYU Wasserman Award Finalist. Figs screened at the Torino Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Directors Guild of America.

In the comedy realm, I am the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim's new comedy special, Soft Focus with Jena Friedman, premiering in February 2018.

As an actor, I've starred in MTV's late night show, The Middle of The Night Show, and had guest spots on TruTV's Friends of The People and A&E's Unforgettable. I've appeared in numerous videos for CollegeHumor, Above Average, MTV(other), Refinery29, Glamour, and more. I can also be seen in the film Village People, directed by Paul Briganti (SNL) and starring Aya Cash, George Basil, and Brandon Scott.

I am part of New York Film Festival's Artist Academy, and I'm also a 2017 artist resident of SPACE on Ryder Farm. I'm most proud to be an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a United States film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad. 

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