Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha is an award-winning filmmaker originally from India. She is the director/producer of the feature documentary ASK THE SEXPERT about a 93-year-old sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity despite the ban on sex education in schools in several states in India. The film premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival 2017 and won multiple awards including the jury award for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival and the Critics Choice award for "Best Documentary" in India.

The film also received a nomination for the prestigious British Documentary Awards - Grierson, in the category of best entertaining film. ASK THE SEXPERT has traveled to over 40 prestigious film festivals globally and was invited to IDFA Amsterdam as "Best of Fests". The film premiered on PBS World in 2018 and is available on Netflix India, Amazon Prime and more.

Vaishali also Co-Directed/Produced the feature documentary MADE IN INDIA about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. The film received several Jury awards at film festivals and was nominated for the Ridenhour Prize for excellence in truth-telling. Made in India has been a case study in curriculums across the globe including Harvard Business School for their class on ethics.

Vaishali has received support for her films from ITVS, the MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Fund, Firelight Media, Playboy Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, NYSCA, Center for Asian American Media, Nextpix and more. She has also produced numerous shorts for non-profit and industry based clients. In the past Vaishali has worked in acclaimed documentary and commercial production companies in Mumbai and New York. These include Point of View, Candid Creations, Mirabai Films and Videoline Productions.

Vaishali holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from St. Xavier's College Mumbai and a diploma in Film Production from the New School University, New York where she received special recognition for her thesis film Choose Life?


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