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Vashti Anderson

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Vashti is a Trinidadian-American film director. Moko Jumbie, her narrative feature film set in Trinidad, West Indies, was awarded several grants, including the Canon Filmmaker Award from Film Independent. It had its world premiere in 2017 at the LA Film Festival, where Indiewire named it one of its "10 Festival Picks" and New Machine named Vashti one of "6 World Fiction Filmmakers to Watch." It went on to screen at Urbanworld, the Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinematek, the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, and was the opening night film at both Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival and the Mosiac International South Asian Film Festival, where it won of Best Screenplay. Moko Jumbie is currently continuing its festival run. Jeffrey's Calypso, one of her short films, won grants from Kodak, the Caucus Foundation, and Riese Foundation. It was awarded Best Narrative, Best Director & Best Overall Awards at Starz First Look Film Festival and received the Goldener Akkord Award at the Cosi Fan Tutte Vienna International Film Festival. It also was named, "Programmer's Pick of the Day" at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. It screened at the Samsung Women's International Festival in Chennai, India, the Creatively Speaking Film Series at MIST Harlem and the Carnival Film Series at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by Anansi Studios and broadcast on WINTV.
Vashti has published short fiction work with Akashic Books and has written feature articles on filmmaking in Moviemaker, Miramax, and A&U Magazine.