Vijay D. Varu

Vijay D. Varu

Scene 97

Director and screenwriter in London, England

About Vijay

I am a writer/director and a member of BAFTA Crew & BFI Network X.

I am also the founder of the production company 'Scene 97' under which my debut film '833' was produced.

‘833' has secured distribution deals with both Shorts International and Gaia, and they have both agreed to release the film worldwide.

The film first premiered in 2016 and has since gone onto gain critical acclaim.

-Winner - SBE’s Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival - Adam ‘The Hammer’ Heck - Strong As Heck - Inspirational Filmmaker Award (2017)

-Winner - San Jose International Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Award (2016)

-Winner - Accolade Film Competition - Merit Award (2016)

-Finalist -  Stage 32 Film Competition (2016)

-Nominated - Best Comedy - Portsmouth International Film Festival (2016)

-Official Selection - London Independent Film Festival (2018)

-Official Selection - London International Short Film Festival (2016)

-Official Selection - Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival (2017)
 
-Official Selection - Middlebury New Filmmakers International Film Festival (2017)
 
-Official Selection - New Filmmakers LA  (sponsored by the likes of DreamWorks) (2017)

I am British born and from Indian descent. I was brought up in London, where I was able to take the opportunity to explore a vast array of diverse cultures and enrich my knowledge of life stories.

A graduate in BA(Hons) Film & Television Production from the University of Westminster.

I am currently developing more projects under ‘Scene 97’ and our mission statement for the company is: "We are a production company that strives to produce great stories through the medium of film, while placing audience experience at the heart of what we do."


Name: Vijay D. Varu

Lives in: London, England

Company: Scene 97

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter

Credits

  • 833

    833 (2016)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Director Set to the backdrop of modern day London, 833 is a feel good short using comedy drama to get everyone cheering for our protagonist Jake. Hopes and dreams have become a distant, seemingly unattainable thing of the past for Jake, and instead his life has unwittingly become nothing more than a mundane and banal existence. Destined to be forever single, and wound up in a dead end job where he answers to Mr Burrows... a bigoted bully of the highest order, Jake's future looks bleak at best! But a morning journey to work throws up a much needed tonic in Mrs Miller, a wheelchair bound lady, who sees the world through different eyes. Jake knows his destiny, and ultimate happiness lies in his hands... but can he find a way to break the perpetual cycle and channel his inner hero?! Whilst the main theme of the film essentially focuses on the daily struggles of everyday men and women, an important element also touches on the issues of how people with disabilities are viewed in modern day society, ...

Awards

  • -Official Selection - London Independent Film Festival
    (2018)

  • Winner - SBE’s Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival - Adam “The Hammer” Heck - Strong As
    (2017)

  • Official Selection - Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival 
    (2017)

  • Official Selection - Middlebury New Filmmakers International Film Festival
    (2017)

  • Official Selection - New Filmmakers LA  (sponsored by the likes of DreamWorks)
    (2017)

  • Winner - San Jose International Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
    (2016)

  • Winner - Accolade Film Competition - Merit Award
    (2016)

  • Finalist -  Stage 32 Film Competition 
    (2016)

  • Nominated - Best Comedy - Portsmouth International Film Festival
    (2016)

  • Official Selection - London International Short Film Festival
    (2016)

Education

  • University of Wesminster

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