About The Director
Writer & Director
Manjari is an Indian Writer-Director based in Los Angeles. She’s one of eight directors selected for the prestigious American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women and is a participant in the inaugural Fox Filmmakers Lab. She’s written and directed three dramatic short films, I SEE YOU, THE CORNER TABLE and THE LAST MARBLE.
Her films have won prestigious awards in India, USA, Europe and Australia and have played in festivals like Clermont Ferrand, Rochester, and Emerging Filmmakers showcase at the American Pavilion in Cannes among others. She’s the second Indian woman to go through the prestigious AFI DWW, where her short, I See You, was awarded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Grant. She was one of the shortlisted finalists for the Warner Bros. Emerging Filmmakers Program.
Her feature script, CITY OF GOLD, was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award at the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA, 2015. She’s worked for incredible filmmakers like Christopher Nolan on Dunkirk, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman and Vishal Bhardwaj. Her credits as a 2nd-2nd Assistant Director include ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Mission Impossible 4’ and Bollywood features like ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’, ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Gandhi of the Month’ starring Harvey Keitel.
Her vision for storytelling and her diverse film experience, both in India and America, has served as a fertile ground to craft her unique voice as a filmmaker. She’s currently developing her feature debut.