Parida Tanti

Parida Tantiwasadakran is a Thai-American writer-director whose films have premiered at multiple festivals all around the world, including Slamdance, Short Shorts & Asia, and the Chicago Children’s International Film Festival. Her Oscar-Qualifying film ”Young People, Old People & Nothing in Between" won Best Live Action Short at deadCenter Film Festival, Best Performance at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, Best Short Film for Children at interFilm KUKI Berlin, Special Jury Mention at the Busan International Childrens’ Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short at the Hawai'i International Film Festival. Parida’s first film,“Red Ladies or Help My Mom is a Republican!” won Best Political Comedy at The Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta, was nominated for Best of Awards 2021 NewFilmmakersLA, Best Short at the San Diego Asian-American Film Festival, and was one in five shorts highlighted at the Academy-Award qualifying Los Angeles Pacific Asian Film Festival. Before becoming a filmmaker, Parida worked as a game writer and graphic designer in Bangkok. She is the recipient of The Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award, the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, the Carl David Memorial Fellowship in Film, the Mind the Gap Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and is the two-time recipient of the Herman Kass Prize. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA and a BA in Poetry from Columbia University. She is currently writing her first feature, a high-school comedy-mystery akin to a teenage "Knives Out" called A Hole in The Sky.