Geeta Malik received her Master of Fine Arts from UCLA’s graduate film program in directing. She wrote and directed the viral narrative short, AUNTY Gs, which earned a College Television Award (a “student Emmy”) in comedy production from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her short film, BEAST, played at Method Fest and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Geeta is a recipient of the Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Award, the Coppel Screenwriting Award and the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Director Award.
Geeta’s first feature film, TROUBLEMAKER, premiered at the 2011 Cinequest Film Festival, and was distributed by Asian Crush. In 2012, Geeta was a finalist for the ABC/Disney Directing Fellowship. She was a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow for 2013 – 2014. Her most recent short film, SHAMELESS, has played at over 15 festivals, including the Sedona Film Festival, and won the jury award for best comedy at the Long Beach QFilm Festival. Geeta is a winner of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for her latest feature script, DINNER WITH FRIENDS. She is also the winner of the 2016 Austin Film Festival Feature Comedy Screenplay award, also for DINNER WITH FRIENDS.
What do I do best?
I’m very good at telling stories.
What makes me the best version of myself?
My most important quality is being able to laugh at myself! I would have been doomed otherwise. Always good to have a little perspective.
What are my aspirations?
Personally, I’d like to raise my children to be good, compassionate, aware, and courageous human beings. Career-wise, I’d like to be writing and directing films until I keel over and die (hopefully at a ripe, old age)!
My Biggest Success?
I’m most proud of my friendships and my family relationships. With their support, I’ve been able to follow my heart and achieve whatever filmmaking success I’ve had so far.
My Most Challenging Moment?
The most difficult decision I made, and one I live with every day, was cutting someone out of my life. It wasn’t - and - still isn’t - an easy decision. But it was important for me to take a stand.
If a tree is strong, why should it fear the storm?
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My favorite people are my goofy kids, and my role models are the holy triumvirate of Gurinder Chadha, Mira Nair, and Deepa Mehta.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I love going home to Colorado, but my absolute favorite trip was studying abroad in India during college. I got to see so much of the motherland and had lots of crazy adventures.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Chapstick. Vital for my well-being.
My Current Passions?
Writing, directing, filmmaking!