Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her short film, Lucia, Before and After, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at festivals around the world including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Lucia was a recipient of Refinery29 & Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her feature, We Strangers. We Strangers is supported by Cinereach, Sundance Institute, Women in Film, Tribeca Institute, IFP, and Hamptons International Film Festival.
Anu has directed episodes for Comedy Central's THE OTHER TWO and TruTv & Adam Ruins Everything. She is the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim & Soft Focus with Jena Friedman. She also directs the Refinery29 series, Womanhood, featuring Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. Womanhood has been featured in The New Yorker, IndieWire, Splitisider, Elle, and more. Her work at CollegeHumor has won a Bronze Telly Award and was nominated for a Webby Award.
She is a Big Vision Empty Wallet 2018 fellow, a New York Film Festival 2017 Artist Academy Fellow and is an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is also an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad and will be traveling to Saudi Arabia and Uganda in 2018.