Srinivas Krishna

Award-winning filmmaker and artist Srinivas Krishna launched his career in 1993 with the international hit Masala, establishing him as “one of the most talented and provocative directors working in North America today,” according to The Critical Guide to Contemporary Directors published by Wallflower Press, London. Masala premiered at the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, garnered rave reviews and was sold worldwide. In 2002 the British Film Institute voted it among the Top Ten South Asian Diaspora Films of the 20th century. His second feature, Lulu, had its world premiere in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Krishna’s work includes producing, directing and writing television dramas, mini-series, documentary and dance films, as well as writing stage plays and opera.

Recent work includes his first feature documentary, Ganesh, Boy Wonder, which he directed, wrote, and co-produced in India with Toronto-based Inner City Films. The film premiered in Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, to standing ovations and, in 2010, won Best Documentary at the Indian Film Festival of New York (MIAAC) before receiving its prime time broadcast in Canada on OMNI TV and on the Discovery Channel in India.

As a producer, Krishna has produced and sold over 35 hours of television while actively promoting new talent on Canadian television screens. Credits include When the Music Speaks (2007), a thirteen part music series showcasing World and First Nations bands for APTN and SUN TV. In 2010, his cross-platform production of short films, Athletes in Motion, produced in association with Crowsnest Films of Calgary for Bravo! / CTV,  paired Olympic athletes with young directors. The series won the Best Drama / Fiction Award at the 2010 European Video and Mobile TV Forum in Paris and was nominated for Best Branded Entertainment at the 2010 Banff International Television Festival.

Driven by a desire to develop new motion picture experiences, in 2008, Krishna began to create large-scale public video and transmedia art installations. When The Gods Came Down To Earth premiered in Federation Square, Melbourne and continues to tour major venues and arts festivals across the world, including the ICC at the ROM (2008), the Vancouver Winter Olympics (2010), and the Queen Museum of Art in New York (2011). His current installation, My Name Is Raj,  inspired by the legacy of pioneering Indian filmmaker, Raj Kapoor, was commissioned by Luminato and TIFF and shown at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from June 10 to August 14, 2011.

Krishna continues direct, write and produce films alongside his installations. He formed Divani Films Inc. in 1990 as the vehicle for producing his work and the work of fellow travelers in the world of motion pictures.