Niyantha Shekar is a freelance filmmaker & writer based in Mumbai who has directed films for Netflix, Vice, Google, Disney, Titan, Red Bull, BIBA, Manchester City, Smashbox and more. He's passionate about narrative non-fiction and has written and directed two documentary series for Red Bull Media House: 'This is My Hood', which won Best Series (Unscripted) at CCSSA 2019, and 'The Mind Behind', nominated for Best Brand Film - Series at the Digiday Video Awards 2020.
On the independent front, he's directed Raqs-e-Inquilab (Art in a Time of Conflict) which was featured by MUBI, The Atlantic Selects and Journeyman Pictures. His short doc, Baraf, on Mumbai's ice workers was selected by National Geographic for their Short Film Showcase and featured by Aeon and The Vibe.
Prior to going independent, he headed content and strategy for Virtual Bharat (previously known as India Film Collective), a short film initiative started by filmmaker Bharatbala to uncover India's untold stories.
He has a strong product background, having previously led efforts at Microsoft to design and ship products for millions of customers, served as a UX Consultant for ed-tech startup VIEW, and co-founded Nazar Magazine.
You can reach out to him at niyantha[at]outlook.com.