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My Story

Sunayana Singh is a Delhi based Cinematographer and an alumnus of FTII, Pune.

She has been the DP for Sea Of Lost Time, a fiction film inspired by the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2019.

Infiltrator, a film shot by her as part of an omnibus of ten short films  from 10 countries called “In the same Garden’ had its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2016 and Indian premiere at MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival 2016)

In 2018, she was invited for a creative residency for filmmakers, held in the historical villages of Central Portugal, called the Art & Tur Factory. Lost & Found in Piodao, a film produced during that stay, won the 2nd place in the 11th ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival.

As part of MFA in Film Cinematography, her diploma film, A Dream Animal, has gone onto win prestigious awards at the National Student Film Awards, 2015, Cut in Film Festival, TISS Mumbai, 2014 and Special Jury Award at SIGNS Film Festival, 2014.

In 2010, She received an award for ‘Excellence in Cinematography‘ for a NID diploma film named Tanna Banna at the ‘Cut In’ Students Film Festival at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Her first independent documentary work, Tales from the Margins’ shot in Manipur in 2005, won Jury Prize, Docudays Human Rights Film Festival, Ukraine, Special Jury Mention, Festival Medias Nord Sud 2007 Geneva, Silver Remi, World Fest Houston 2007

She has filmed documentaries and campaign videos for GIZ, BBC 4, The World Bank,  Google, UNICEF, United Nations, PSBT, Films Division, NFDC, Tourism Films for Telengana Tourism, and created social media content for different brands.

Her keenness lies in making films in collaboration with artists and artisans whose work specialises in Embroideries, textiles and block printing. Documenting their process, methods and techniques used for re-inventing the application of these traditional forms.

She is also drawn to doing experimental work. Between The Waves’, a video installation she shot for Tejal Shah, premiered at Documenta13 held in Germany.

She completed her Bachelors in Fashion Design & Information Technology from NIFT, Delhi and Bachelors in Computer Application from IGNOU. She is affiliated to Indian Women Cinematographers Collective (IWCC).

My Filmography

  • Year Film Title Description
  • 2006 Tales from the Margins (Documentary) Director: Kavita Joshi. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2006 Bombay Railway for BBC4 (Documentary) Director: Gerry Troyna. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2006 Mithya (Feature Film) Director: Rajat Kapoor. Role: 2nd Assistant to Cinematographer Rafey Mahmood
  • 2007 Song for an ancient land Part II (Video Essay) Director: Kabir Mohanty. Role: Resarch and Documentation
  • 2009 A Dream Animal Director: Sanyukta Sharma. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2009 Tanna Banna (Short Film) Director: Priyanka Chabbra. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2010 K se Kabootar (Short Film) Director: Kratika Adhikari. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2011 Fish (Short Film) Director: Pranjal Dua. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2011 Oranges & Mangoes (Documentary) Director: Priyanka Chabbra. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2012 Mhatari (Short Film) Director: Renu Sawant. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2012 Between the waves, Channel II, Landfill Dance (Video Installation) Director: Tejal Shah. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2012 Making of ‘Anhey Ghorehy da Daan’ Director & Cinematographer: Sunayana Singh.
  • 2013 UNICEF A film on Child Abuse (Documentary) Director: Anirban Dutta. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2013 Sujani (Corporate Film) Role: Cinematographer & Editor
  • 2014 Telangana Tourism (Documentary) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2014 Possible Effects – Global ART Project Role: Cinematographer
  • 2014 Vibrant Charm of Rural Telangana (Ad Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2014 Cultural Zenith of Telangana State (Ad Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2014 Telangana Film Destination (Ad Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2015 Vasuda Sharma - Too good to be true (Music Video) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2015 Narratives: Works of Adil Writer (Documentary) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2016 Women of Varanasi (Documentary) Produced by PSBT. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2016 Stings & Honey (Documentary) Produced by TERI. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2016 Infiltrator (Short Film) Director: Gurvinder Singh. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2016 Sea of Lost Time (FTII Diploma Film) Director: Gurvinder Singh. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2016 Empowering India’s Communities after disaster hit (Short Films) Produced by World Bank. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2017 Aseem Suri - Lithium (Music Video) Director: Pranjal Dua. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2017 Bhoun Bhoun Bhounki Director: Sanyukta Sharma. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2018 Lost and Found in Piódão (Tourism Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2018 Aur Kitna Time Lagega (Short Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2018 UNICEF ANC Training Films (Short Films) Produced by UNICEF & Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2019 Mod Bhaang (The Ebb Tide) Director: Renu Sawant. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2019 PS- I Love You too (Short Fiction) Director: Shooneeka Role: Cinematographer.
  • 2019 He Used to bring me Apples (Short Fiction) Director: Mehdi Jahan. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2019 Vera Ring (Ad Film) Role: Cinematographer
  • 2020 Big Taj Small Taj (Short Fiction) Director: Pankaj Thakur. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2020 Imprint ( Ek Lakdhi Thi) (Short Fiction) Director: Tarannum Pasricha. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2020 Dahej Ka Scooter (Short Fiction) Director: Rahul Bhatnagar. Role: Cinematographer
  • 2020 Google Internet Sathi Videos Director: Jyoti Neggi. Role: Cinematographer

Project Recognition & Awards

  • Year Film Title Award(s)
  • 2018 Lost & Found in Piodao Award of Excellence, 11th edition of the Art & Tur International Tourisim Film Festival, Portugal
  • 2018 Women of Varanasi Awarded Best Film on Women in Whatashort Independent International Film Festival, 2018
  • 2015 Narratives… The Object of Art Cinema Paradiso Award at the Auroville Film Festival 2015 Category: Films made about Auroville/ Bioregion
  • 2014 A Dream Animal Special Jury Award at SIGNS Film Festival, 2014 Best Sound, Cut in Student Film Festival, TISS Mumbai, 2014 Best Direction, National Student Film Awards, 2015 Best Sound, National Student Film Awards, 2015
  • 2010 Tanna Banna Excellence in Cinematography at the Cut In Student Film Festival at TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Mumbai
  • 2007 Tales from the Margins Jury Prize, Docudays Human Rights Film Festival, Ukraine Special Jury Mention, Festival Medias Nord Sud 2007 Geneva Silver Remi, World Fest Houston 2007