Anula Shetty

South Asian

Fire Work Media


Anula Shetty is an award-winning director, editor and new media artist. She is a recipient of a 2020 CAAM Fellowship from the Center for Asian American Media and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was previously awarded three Media Arts Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship. She received a Project Involve Fellowship from the Independent Feature Project, two Independence Foundation Fellowships and a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award for her art and social change work. Anula received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and serves on the board of the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. She is a core member of the artist run video collective Termite TV.     Her work has been screened widely at festivals and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Flaherty Film Seminar, National Museum of Women In the Arts and the Pacific Film Archive. Previous works include Paddana, Song of the Ancestorsand Kamaka’eha, Aching Eye. Her recent work involves creating innovative, socially engaged participatory media art projects with communities using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and mobile apps. She is currently working on Places of Power, an immersive documentary about people and places of belonging and power in North Philadelphia., and Cosmic Egg, a poetic feature documentary about the desire for procreation set against the surreal landscape of egg harvesting and transnational surrogacy in Mumbai.

Active Projects

Cosmic Egg is a story about yearning, the desire for procreation, and the long-term physical and emotional impact of reproductive technologies in a global marketplace. Set in Mumbai, the film explores the filmmaker’s personal struggle with infertility and the characters she meets in her journey through the surreal landscape of fertility mythology, egg harvesting, surrogate birth and the world surrounding the painful, yet irrepressible quest for a genetically-related child.

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