Student Academy Award Screening

Student Academy Award

Film Screening and evening with Student Academy Award Winners UGFTV Alum ('19) Talia Smith and Grad Film Alum ('19) Karishma Dev Dube.

Opening Remarks from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean  Allyson Green Dean.

Screening of UMAMA followed by conversation between Talia Smith and UGFTV Arts Professor, Rick Litvin.

Screening of BITTU followed by conversation between Karishma Dev Dube and Grad Film Department Chair, Barbara Schock.

Talia Smith
Talia Smith

Talia Smith is a filmmaker born and raised in South Africa. Her country's rich heritage inspired her storytelling aspirations from a young age and at 8 she decided she would one day move to New York to pursue a career in film and share these stories with the world. 10 years later she followed her dreams and studied Film and TV at NYU's Tisch School of the arts. Throughout her four years at NYU, she made South African and female-focused pieces. No matter the genre, all her films are created in pursuit of justice.

Sibongile, a domestic worker in South Africa, wakes to find her son missing. This is the story about that day and the real relationships that inspired the film.








Karishma Dev Dube
Karishma Dev Dube

Karishma Dev Dube is award-winning filmmaker based in New York. She was introduced to film while working as a production assistant on several documentaries and independent features in Mumbai, including TED fellow Shalini Kantayya’s documentary Catching the Sun.

A recipient of a Dean's Fellowship, Karishma recently graduated from NYU's Graduate Film program. Her award winning short film Devi (Goddess), has played in 52 festivals worldwide including BFI, Edinburgh FF, and Outfest LA, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short.

As a filmmaker, Karishma intends to challenge assumptions about and within her country.

A close friendship between two girls is eclipsed by an accidental poisoning at school.