Anu Valia
WRITER - DIRECTOR

About

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 Comedy Central, MTV, IFC, NBC, Adult Swim, Vox Media, Glamour, Refinery29, and more.

My 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.

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. My student thesis film, Figs, was a Student Academy Award Semifinalist, a National Board of Review Grant Finalist, and an NYU Wasserman Award Finalist. 

In television, I directed episodes of Comedy Central's new show, The Other Two, created by SNL's Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. I'm also the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim's, Soft Focus with Jena Friedman.

I'm currently working on my feature film, We Strangers, which will be filming in early 2019. We Strangers is supported by Cinereach, Sundance, Women in Film, Tribeca, IFP, and Hampton's Screenwriters Lab. 

I am a 2018 Big Vision Empty Wallet Fellow, a New York Film Festival's Artist Fellow, and 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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