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Richa is an award-winning NYC-based filmmaker. Films were not a big part of Richa’s childhood growing up in India, but it wasn’t until pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the U.S that she discovered independent and foreign cinema and fell in love with the medium. Her first short film, "TAAZA KHOON" (FRESH BLOOD), screened at Nashville Film Festival and won 7 awards across 27 film festivals eventually picking up distribution by Shorts TV India. She has directed a short film based on an original poem INDIAN-AMERICAN sponsored by the 2019 Visible Poetry Project, and has just completed her second short film THE SEAL, recipient of the 2019 Future of Film is Female grant.

Richa’s scripts have been shortlisted for Oscars-qualifying festivals such as HollyShorts, Nashville Film Festival’s Pitch and programs such as ScreenCraft Film Fund, Shore Scripts Film Fund, and Ocktober Film Festival. She was selected as 1 of 50 film directors from across the world for the Shore Scripts Directors Roster. As an actor, she has performed in short films and Off-Broadway plays in New York City. Her film writings have appeared on Static Mass Emporium, a UK-based independent film publication.

Richa is a strong proponent for increasing diversity in storytelling and serves as the Vice President of Development for NYC Women Filmmakers, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in film.

She has trained with The Barrow Group, Independent Film School and New York Film Academy. She’s a proud member of NYC Women Filmmakers, Ghetto Film School, Filmshop’s Sandbox Directing Lab, FilmmakerHers, NYWIFT, and Kalakars.

A storyteller at heart, Richa likes to view the world with a sociological lens and tell tales of courage. When not thinking of films, she’s usually exploring unusual spots around NYC with her husband, sharing animal/baby videos with friends and Whatsapping her family across the world.




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