Deepak Rauniyar is a writer, director, and producer. He became the first Nepali filmmaker to screen at a major global film festival. His debut Highway world premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and also played at Locarno Film Festival. Before this film, Rauniyar worked as a writer and producer for BBC Media Action in Nepal. He wrote and directed several episodes of a BBC drama series, Sweet Tales of Sarangi (BBC Global Reith Award for the Best Non-English output of the year 2009). In 2010, Rauniyar co-founded Aadi Production along with his wife/actor, writer Asha Magrati. Their second feature, White Sun (directed by Rauniyar), premiered at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival to rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it “A standout – it’s a delicately-observed, multi-generational story which will prove awards-bait at festivals across the world over the coming months.” The film was Nepal’s official selection for 90th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture, International Film category. White Sun won several awards, including the Interfilm award at the Venice Film Festival, Best Asian Feature at Singapore, as well as the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Spring, and four prizes (Audience, Ecumenical Jury, Don Quixote) at Fribourg Film Festival. Since its premiere, it has played in over a hundred international film festivals, including the Toronto, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Edinburgh, Karlovy Vary, Busan, Sydney, Hong Kong, Golden Horse, and Mumbai film festivals. The New York Times listed Rauniyar among “The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch”. Rauniyar is an alumnus of the Toronto and Berlinale Talent Campuses and the Cannes Cinéfondation program and has served as a jury member at Locarno and Sydney Film Festivals and Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Besides developing his third feature as writer/director The Sky Is Mine (TFL World Co-production Award 2019 winner and Berlinale Co-pro 2020), Rauniyar is also developing three features as producer TFI Sloan Fund award winner David Barker’s Wiring Utopia, Asian Cinema Fund winner Anil Baral’s The Palace and Subina Shrestha’s Devi (Cannes Doc 2021). He is director of the Gograha Film Workshop in Nepal and an assistant professor for film studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, in the United States.
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