NYWIFT Talks with Founder/CEO of ShivHans Pictures, Shivani Rawat

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In this week’s NYWIFT Talks, join NYWIFT Member and Founder/CEO of ShivHans Pictures, Shivani Rawat, to discuss her upcoming Lionsgate film Wander Darkly, in which she produced. We’ll also discuss ShivHans Pictures and their goals. 

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Kuye Youngblood.

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time: 2 PM EST




Shivani Rawat is the Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, a production and finance company that supports the visions of independent filmmakers while collaborating with creatives to produce dynamic and groundbreaking feature films outside the Hollywood studio model. Shivani’s recent films include Tara Miele’s Wander Darkly, Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of Chicago 7, Jay Roach’s Academy Award-nominated Trumbo, Matt Ross’ Academy Award-nominated Captain Fantastic, Bleecker Street’s Danny Collins, as well as Brad Anderson’s Beirut and Maya Forbes’ The Polka King. Her upcoming films include David Oyelowo’s The Waterman, Badmash, and Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road. In 2019 Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures expanded into distribution, including a co-distribution deal with Bleecker Street for U.S. rights to Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, followed by Tom Shadyac’s Brian Banks, which ShivHans also produced. Rawat is a Board Member of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, as well as a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Film and Film Independent. She is a supporter of various industry-related organizations including Time’s Up, the California Innocence Project, the Horizon Award, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and in 2019 served as a sponsor for HUMANITAS, honoring film and television writing. She recently provided seed funding for Women in Film’s Hire Her Back campaign, which supports inclusive hiring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


NYWIFT Board Member Kuye Youngblood (Moderator) is an Emmy award-winning producer with experience in scripted and documentary series. She is currently the Head of Development & Production at BRIC TV. Her responsibilities include creative development of new series including The Great Pretender with filmmaker Nathan Silver (Tribeca) and managing a team of dynamic media makers. Her EP work screened at Tribeca Film, Sundance, New Voices in Black Cinema, Hot Docs, ABFF, and Bentonville. Original series include The Show about the ShowBrooklynificationDinette, and All Hail Beth. She’s a Speaker at SXSW and SeriesFest and a producer/moderator for IFP panels. She was also series producer for Neighborhood Beat, a show about her hometown Brooklyn!

December 16 @ 2:00pm
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm (1h)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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