Celluloid Only (restricted to Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm)
Neelu Bhuman is an independent filmmaker by passion and an interaction designer by profession. Within her films, Neelu explores social and political themes as they play out in close relations. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference in intimacy, Neelu's films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, class and romance.
Pushing these themes in 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 â€" both immediate and political. FU377 (2014) has won best animation awards in New Delhi, New York City and Kolkata film festivals, while Love Letter/PrÄ"ma LÄ"kha (2016) garnered the best short in Graphic Arts category at the Tunis Chouftouhonna Feminist Festival Tunisia. His latest short films á¹£adÄqa (2016), My Mom is Worried Sick (2016) and More Love. Less Prepackaged Bullshit (2017) are antidotes defying the dystopia of political borders and marginalisation.
They are currently working on an anthology feature film entitled TRANSFINITE (Pacific Glitter) set in the San Francisco Bay Area featuring seven stories by and about trans and gender non-conforming people of colour, executive produced by Marc Smolowitz, D'Lo & Andrew Nicholson and produced by Stefano Gonzalez. TRANSFINITE (Pacific Glitter) is on its way to its premiere in 2018. Slowly but surely, she is also laying the ground for the next three TRANSFINITE films - one capturing trans* identities within queer activist Maori communities in New Zealand, followed by trans* fiction films exploring the trans*GNC experiences in South India and London."