Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled writer, director, and actor who’s created and appeared in videos for MTV, IFC, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CollegeHumor, Above Average, Vox Media, Glamour, Refinery29, and more. Her short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER won the 2016 Short Film Grand Jury Prize for US Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival. LUCIA was a produced and developed as part of Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology and is a companion piece to her upcoming feature, WE STRANGERS.
Anu has directed episodes for Comedy Central’s THE OTHER TWO and TruTv’s ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING. She is the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim’s 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.