Swetha Regunathan is a writer and filmmaker based in NYC. After completing her undergraduate education at Columbia University, she worked in the publishing industry and then received a PhD in English at Brown University. Swetha is currently an MFA candidate in Writing/Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Her series THE ACADEMY was a finalist for the 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab, and her film HASIM OCTOBER was shortlisted for a 2017 Lexus Short Films award. Most recently she produced IF THERE IS LIGHT, a short documentary about a houseless 14 year-old girl in NYC and her family’s struggle to find a home. The film was made with the support of Queen Latifah’s Queen Collective Grant in association with Tribeca Studios and premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Swetha is also writer and director of FOREVER TONIGHT, a short film about an Indian-American girl who wrestles with her otherness at a pre-prom gathering. The script won the 2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition and is currently in pre-production.
Swetha’s other writing has appeared in Guernica, n+1, Words Without Borders, and other publications. In 2009 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Best American Essay.
Swetha is most excited by stories about coming of age, nostalgia, immigration, loss, exile, conservation, and environmentalism. Her diet consists of 30 Rock, 70s cinema, and unlikely animal friendship videos.