Director’s Profile

Teenaa is an independent filmmaker and Screenwriter having a wide range of experience in documentary genres Social Justice to Environment Conservation. She has won the President’s Silver Medal in National Film Awards 2018 for her documentary 1984, When the Sun didn’t Rise. Her work has been broadcast on National Geographic, Fox History, Doordarshan, PSBT India. She was awarded the prestigious fellowship by Time Warner foundation supported Asia Society, New York for her first feature film screenplay “The Red Autumn” in 2013-14. She has a broad-based background in Television and Media. She has worked with India’s largest Broadcaster, Zee TV as a Promo Producer and a Core team member of Trends Ad films on producing TV Commercials.

She has studied Post Graduation in Mass Communication from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi.She is Production and Industrial Engineer from M.B.M Engineering College, Jodhpur(R.E.C).  She studied Film Appreciation from Film and Television Institute India, Pune 2012.

She is well known for her documentary ‘1984, When the Sun didn’t Rise’ which  is the recipient of the President of India’s National Film Award for Best Investigative film in 2018. It received the “BEST DOCU. FEATURE award” in DC Asia Pacific Film festival, USA on March 18, 2017.Certificate of Merit in Direction by Indian Documentary Producers Association, IDPA 2018.

The film received the Busan International Film Festival’s prestigious fund called Asian Network and Documentary fund or “AND” Fund in 2015. It has been selected for Work in Progress Lab of “DOC WOK” of Doc Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, Germany in 2014 and DOCEDGE, Kolkata in 2012. The film premiered in India in IDSFFK Kerala. And has been screened in 20 Universities in UK including Oxford Brookes, London School of Economics, University of Westminster and many others. 20 Public Forums in UK and another ten in India including “Godrej Cultural Lab” and in New Narratives Film festival, Taipei City, Taiwan.

‘The deer, tree and me’ is a creative documentary, was nominated for Best Documentary in Mumbai Intl. film festival, (MIFF) 2016. It was premiered in SIGNS Intl. film festival, Kochi 2015 and also screened in Kolkata film festival.

International Association for Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) film festival, 2016.

It is the story of a chinkara and a man who fights the hunters to save the chinkara. The film has received critical acclaim and honor and Media Mention, which can be read on Thedeertreeandme.strikingly.com

Another documentary has been received a grant from PSBT. “The Woods are Calling” is an endangered bird called Blyth’s Tragopan and how a community of hunters in Nagaland have transformed to farmers to conserve the Tragopan and their forest. It has been screened in Dhaka Film festival and will be screened in Quotes from Earth film festival, New Delhi.

‘In Symphony with Earth!’ is a documentary based on the communities in India growing natural fiber and a living sustainable life in tune with nature. It broadcast on National Geographic and Fox History (2012-13).

Her debut documentary film on a martial art form celebration named as ‘Hola! The Mighty Colors’ was a part of Sikh International Film Festival and screened at Asia Society and Museum, New York, 2012.