Shripriya Mahesh, Filmmaker
Shripriya Mahesh is a filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up in Chennai, India in a family of entrepreneurs, artists and non-profit pioneers. She knew she wanted to be a visual artist at age 7, when she got her first camera (she didn’t know or use the term “visual artist” back then).
Shripriya wrote and directed “Waking Jed“, a segment featuring Academy Award® Nominees James Franco and Jessica Chastain, part of the collaborative feature film, “The Color of Time“, that premiered at the Rome Film Festival 2012 and had a theatrical release in the US in 2014.
Shripriya’s feature script, “Varenya“, was an official selection at IFP’s Emerging Storyteller section and participated in Independent Film Week, 2013. It was also selected to participate in Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, 2013. “Varenya” was presented in the Co-Production Market at the National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar in Goa, India.
Shripriya has made four award-winning short films. Her first film, “In That Moment“, was an official selection at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and 18 other festivals. “The Way It’s Played” was an official selection at the New York Indian Film Festival and several others. “Reprise” was an official selection at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (Frameline), the Rhode Island International Film Festival and over a dozen other festivals. It won the Best Student Film Award at the 12th deadCenter Film Festival, Best Short by a Woman award at the 9th Salento International Film Festival and was a finalist for the 6th Iris Prize.
She edited the short film, OK Breathe Auralee, which was an official selection at Sundance, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festival in 2012.
Shripriya’s day job is to lead Omidyar Network’s global Consumer Internet and Mobile initiative, where she invests in for-profit and non-profit technology companies. She also serves on the boards of several technology companies and non-profits in the arts.
Shripriya earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Stella Maris College (Madras University).
She is currently an MFA thesis candidate at NYU’s Graduate Film Program and a recipient of a Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.