Batul Mukhtiar


Mumbai, IN


Batul Mukhtiar, an award-winning multi-genre director, writer and producer, works in Mumbai since more than 25 years. Her feature film KAPHAL shot in a remote village of Garhwal with local children, won the Golden Lotus National Award for Best Children’s Film 2014 and Best Director, Live Action at the Golden Elephant ICFFI 2013. It screened at festivals like MAMI, Goteborg IFF, Zlin IFFCY, Busan IKFF, Chicago South Asian FF, Saga Stockholm Women’s IFF, Dhaka IFF. KAPHAL and her other children's feature LILKEE, 2006 continue to be shown in schools, children’s festivals and television. Batul directed & edited an independent documentary feature, 150 SECONDS AGO in 2002. The film screened at prestigious festivals like Cinema Du Reel 2003, Yamagata IDFF 2003 and the Yamagata Documentary Dream Show 2003-4. She studied Film Direction & Screenplay Writing from the prestigious Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. Her two student films PHOBHABAI and NAZAR KA DHOKHA screened at Clermont Ferrand ISFF 1996 and 1998 and Curtas Vila Do Conde IFF 1998. Batul is currently producing and directing a short independent feature, MUMU SHELLEY. She has two other features under production - MISHI and STRANGERS ON A BOAT. She also works as a producer on international documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Al Jazeera, Arte, CBC, NatGeo, YLE & VPRO. Batul served on the National Award Jury 2015 and works on several juries and selection committees for FTII, National Institute of Design, Films Division, Indian Documentary Producers Association, Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, Toto Fund for Arts and MAMI Half-Ticket amongst others. 
She conducts workshops in documentary and screenplay writing at National Institute of Design, FTII and Shristi College of Design. Batul writes short stories and blog about films and books at Her scripts have been selected at various prestigious labs like Drishyam Sundance Lab 2016, Sundance Development Track 2019 - 1st round and NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2017


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