- Founder, Filmmaker, honto88
- Executive Jury - USA
Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker and writer based between New York City and Oslo. Shruti was a member of Obama’s ECCO committee of 30 leaders and creators in entertainment, chairing its Asian Caucus, and is on the Creative Council for Emily's List. She has produced several films (including Spirit-winner H., and the Nora Ephron Prize-winner INITIALS SG) that have premiered at Sundance, Venice, Tribeca and Berlin. Shruti’s writing credits include: PRIYA, AT 12, a coming-of-age comedy set in Jackson Heights, Queens about a rambunctious pre-teen as she and her best friend vie for the top spot at an upcoming bharatnatyam dance contest, while navigating her parents' divorce; DEATHSPA, a psychological horror about a bachelorette party that goes wrong. Set up with Sony Pictures International. SECRET DAUGHTER, a multi-generational drama about three different women on three different paths who ultimately come together, connected by the truths they confront. The film is currently in development, with Priyanka Chopra and Sienna Miller starring. Shruti created FLOSSY, a half-hour comedy with writer/comedian Kerry Coddett, with EP Robin Thede, currently set up at Warner Bros. Shruti will be an EP and writer on the half-hour TV series BROWN BABY (based on the eponymous memoir by British novelist, Nikesh Shukla, which is set up at Bad Robot/Warner Bros. Previously, Shruti worked at NYLON, MTV, and Conde Nast, producing the CLIO-winning 73 Questions series. She is a co-founder of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective born out of the Women's March that brings together artists and activists to use music and joy as an act of resistance. Shruti is a published writer (Nevertheless They Persisted, Penguin) and a contributing writer for The Juggernaut. Shruti received her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and went to NYU's dual MFA/MBA program at Tisch and Stern. She hails from India, by way of Oman, and believes that international stories deserve specificity and truth, so they can change the way we exist.