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. most recently, 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, 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 currently one of eight participants in the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's 2021/22 Directors Program for Women, as well as a selected participant in BIPOC TV & Film's Showrunner Bootcamp 2022. this year, she will make her long-awaited feature directorial debut with This Place, 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.  the film was recently selected as part of Telefilm Canada's First Look - USA 2022 initiative, in partnership with The Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly IFP), and the Trade Commissioner Service of the Consulates General of Canada in New York and Los Angeles.


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