Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, was made through Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology grant and won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance in 2017.
Her previous short, DRIFTERS, won a Special Jury Mention at New Orleans Festival, and her NYU thesis film, FIGS, was a Student Academy Award Semifinalist, a National Board of Review Grant Finalist, and an NYU Wasserman Award Finalist.
Anu is also the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim’s SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN. She is part of New York Film Festival’s 2017 Artist Academy and is an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm. She’s thrilled to be returning to AFS after having traveled with the program to Saudi Arabia and Uganda in 2018.