Shivani Khattar is a New York-based independent filmmaker whose work ranges from feature films to branded content and commercials. She founded and runs Lucky Coconut Pictures - a boutique production company with operations based in India and the United States.
Prior to developing and producing her own work, she directed and produced future-forward web series and documentaries at NBC Universal. She also worked as a Creative Producer at Verizon Media (previously AOL Studios). She earned her MFA degree in Film Directing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Paulette Godard Fellowship, for two consecutive years of study. Her short films have been screened at film festivals around the world including SXSW and the Palm Springs Short Film Festival. A political thriller she wrote was shortlisted at the Cannes Residence du Festival. Her scripts have also been selected for workshops with Oliver Stone, Roger Spottiswoode, and Pat Murphy, who continue to influence her work. Her short documentaries have been nominated for several journalism awards, most notably the Webby Awards in 2017. A film she shot also won the Albert Maysles Award in the same year at the Tribeca Film Festival. She was a Sundance Development Lab finalist in 2021. Parallel to her independent film work, she has also worked with some of the busiest commercials production houses in New York including McGuffin Films, Homestead Editorial, and Assembly Films. She was recently nominated for her cinematography at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Berlin. She is currently teaching Cinematography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.