Niyantha Shekar is a Webby award winning filmmaker & writer based in Mumbai. He's directed films for Netflix, Vice, Red Bull, Google, Disney, BIBA, Man City, Smashbox and more.
Niyantha'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', which won People's Voice - Sports (Branded) at The Webby Awards, and was a finalist for Best Episodic Series at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Brand Film - Series at the Digiday Video Awards.
On the independent front, he's directed Raqs-e-Inquilab (Art in a Time of Conflict) which has been 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 at The University of Texas at Austin.
You can reach out to him at niyantha[at]outlook.com.