Celluloid Only (restricted to Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm)
Neelu Bhuman is an award winning independent artist filmmaker exploring social and political themes as they play out in close relations. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference in intimacy, their films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, class and romance. Pushing these themes in their first feature length award winning TRANSFINITE (2019) and short films FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017), Neelu's films purposefully move towards abstract retellings of the problematics of identity categories and foregrounding varieties of resilience and resistance to experiences of duress - both immediate and political. TRANSFINITE (2019) has won the jury award for diversity in Spain, won the second runner up audience choice award in Amsterdam and was the opening night film at the oldest and iconic 2019 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival; FU377 (2014) has won best animation awards in New Delhi, New York City and Kolkata film festivals, while LOVE LETTER/PREMA LEKHA (2016) garnered the best short in Graphic Arts category at the Tunis Chouftouhonna Feminist Festival. Their films have screened at over 100 festivals world-wide including top-tier LGBTQ+ film festivals such as Frameline, Outfest, BFI Flare, Inside Out, Khashish and more. Two of their films, FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017) are being distributed by the Canadian film distribution company CFMDC. They are currently in research phase for their second feature length narrative fiction film and in early production and development on two feature length creative documentary films, one rooted in the South Indian state of Kerala and the second in three countries in Europe.