Filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her film, Catching the Sun, premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. It’s also part of American Film Showcase, shown at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world. Catching the Sun premiered globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio.
Kantayya directed an episode for the National Geographic series Breakthrough, a series Executive Produced by Ron Howard, profiling trail blazing scientists transforming the future, broadcast in June 2017. Her award-winning sci-fi film about the world water crisis, A DROP of LIFE, was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. The film was used as a tool to organize for water rights in 40 villages across Africa. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, Kantayya is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a finalist for the ABC/Disney Directing Program.