Priyanka Verma

Priyanka Verma is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in India. She is deeply invested in telling stories that help people connect with each other on a deeper, more empathic level, and challenge their perceptions of the world. She is an alumnus of AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

In her work, Priyanka endeavours to tell the stories of historically marginalized people. However, she also believes in including people from such communities behind her camera. This flows from her deep conviction that film should be used to validate and empower those who rarely see their experience on screen. Priyanka is passionate about the visual expressions that emerge from this approach.

With work spanning over nine years, she has been a part of over 100 films as a Director & Director of Photography. As a documentary cinematographer, her most recent film ‘Critical Juncture’ (2022) has received seven nominations which includes, L.A. Independent Women Film Awards (U.S), Toronto International Women Film Festival (Canada) and Women's International Film Festival Nigeria. Her latest work, as a cinematographer, a four-part docuseries, 'Baited’ (2023) which explores the cost marginalised communities pay for technological progress in India. It has been selected to screen at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival. 

She has worked with non-profit organizations such as Water Aid India, International Justice Mission (IJM), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, Salaam Baalak Trust, Save The Children, Gender At Work India, ALNAP, World Central Kitchen, KinderHilfe, Girls Not Brides.

Broadcast and digital media organizations where her work has been published include Homegrown, The Swaddle, Hindustan Times, World Is One News, Youth Ki Awaaz, 60SecondDocs, Zoomin.TV, WATConsult.

Commercial clients include Meta, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Tinder, Panasonic, Nykaa, Westside, Ashoka University.


Filmography

Documentary

Come As You Are - Short Doc - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2022

Cigarette Stuffed Animals - Short Doc - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2022

Critical Juncture - Documentary Feature - Co-Director & Dir. of Photography - 2021 Official Selection: L.A. Independent Women Film Awards (U.S), Toronto International Women Film Festival (Canada) and Women's International Film Festival Nigeria

Baited - Documentary Series - Dir. of Photography - 2022 Official Selection: Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival

Body Pandemic - Short Doc - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2021

The Heart Revolution - Feature - Dir. of Photography (India Schedule) - 2019

Women Walk the Streets of Delhi In Memory of 'Nirbhaya' - Short Doc - Director, Producer, Cinematographer - 2018

Transgenders: Why Is It Difficult To Join The Workforce? - Short Doc - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2018

Painting One Slum At A Time- Short Doc - Producer - 2018

30 Under 30 - Ten episode doc series - HT Digital Streams - Series Producer, Director, Dir. of Photography - 2018

India's First Women - Three episode doc series - HT Digital Streams- Series Producer, Director, Dir. of Photography - 2018

Paddling with Purpose -  WION Exclusive - Co-Director, Dir. of Photography - 2017

City Spaces - Changing India - WION Exclusive - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2017 

Palliative Care - WION Exclusive - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2016

Inside The World Of Child Actors - WION Original - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2016

Broth Of Hope- WION Original - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2016

Death of An Art Form Inside Kathputli Colony -  Short Doc - Director, Dir. of Photography - 2016

The Moving Stories - Feature - Asst. Cinematographer, Asst. Producer - 2014

The Arms Drop - Feature - Addl. Cinematography- 2014

Volume One - Feature - Asst. Director - 2014

Advocacy Films

Feminist Youth Leadership Lab - Client: Gender At Work India & Star Hopper Studios - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2022

Gender Budgeting - Client: UN Women India Director & Dir. of Photography - 2022

ALNAP's 25th Anniversary - Client: ALNAP & Fat Rat Films - Dir. of Photography - 2022

Leadership and Movement Building Campaign - Client: Girls Not Brides - Director & Dir. of Photography (India schedule) - 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic and mental health: Laxmi’s story - India - Client: WHO - Dir. of Photography - 2021

Fashion Waste - A three episode series - Client: Purpose - Series Producer, Director & Dir. of Photography - 2020 

Mental Health Awareness -  A three episode series - Client: IIT Delhi  - Series Producer, Director, Dir. of Photography - 2019

The Ghastly Face of Bonded Labor - Client: IJM - Director & Dir. of Photography2019

When Each Time You Cross The Road, It's An Unpleasant Memory - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2019 

Women Manual Scavengers In India - Client: Water Aid India Director & Dir. of Photography - 2019

The Rising Stars of Delhi Slums- Client: Save The Children - Director - 2019

What Queer Indians Are Saying About Online Dating? - Client: Tinder - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2018


Fiction

Pavlov's Dog - Short - Dir. of Photography  - 2018

Rangoon - Feature - Fourth Asst. Dir. of Photography - 2015

Branded Content

Vistaraku - Client: Meta -Dir. of Photography - 2022

Accenture Sustainability Innovation Challenge Client: Accenture & Global Citizen - Director & Dir. of Photography - 2022

How To Deal With Stress & Anxiety - Mental Health  - Client: Nykaa -Dir. of Photography - 2021

Dating Ka Pehla Din - A Spoken Word | feat. Simran Natekar & Vishnu Kaushal- Dir. of Photography - 2021

Panasonic Air Conditioners - Supervising Producer - 2020

World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Pigeon India - Supervising Producer - 2020


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