v. t. nayani (pron. nine-knee) is a director, producer, and writer dedicated to stories for the screen. she is an alumni of the CBC's Workshop for Diverse Creators, HotDocs’ Doc Accelerator Program, Reelworld Film Festival's Emerging 20 Program, and BlackStar Film Festival's William and Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar. nayani is also a recipient of the UN Women Yvonne M. Hebert Award for filmmakers and photographers. at the end of 2021, she completed her residency in the directors' lab of the 2021 Norman Jewison Film Program at the Canadian Film Centre, as well as her work as a commissioning editor for Reel Asian International Film Festival's 25th anniversary anthology (re)Rites of Passage: Asian Canada in Motion.

over the course of her career, nayani has been championed as a storyteller and artist by platforms including Telefilm Canada, The Gotham, CBC, Netflix, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Indigenous Screen Office, RBC and L'Oréal Paris. her work has also been supported by festivals including TIFF Next Wave, Women of the World, Women Deliver, Inside Out Film & Video Festival, Zanzibar International Film Festival, and Regent Park Film Festival. since 2018, nayani has proudly served on the board of Breakthroughs Film Festival - the only festival in Canada dedicated to showcasing short work by women and gender-diverse filmmakers.

nayani is a 2022 alum of both the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's Directors Program for Women and BIPOC TV & Film's Showrunner Bootcamp. she most recently completed her first television director observer placement with director Melanie Orr on the second season of CTV's Children Ruin Everything, and is currently a director observer on the first season of CTV's new series Shelved.

in september 2022, nayani's long-awaited feature directorial debut This Place will have its World Premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Programme, TIFF Next Wave Selects). this film was produced in partnership between mutuals pictures and hometeam films, and with the generous support of Telefilm Canada, CBC Films, the CFC/Netflix Calling Card Accelerator, Inside Out's RE:Focus Fund, Ontario Arts Council, and Station 369.


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