Sanjib Dey was born to middle class parents in Golaghat, Assam, India. His father was a businessman, who was also a devoted folk musician and his mother, a simple housewife. His grandfather was known to have been an accomplished tabla player and once owned a Jatra dal (folk theatre group) in undivided Bengal. So Sanjib’s lineage, consequently, has been an instinctive source of inspiration for his love for cinema.
After completing his schooling from Sacred Heart School there, he completed his graduation from University of Delhi. Then he joined an advertising agency followed by a television show as an apprentice. He later moved from Delhi to Mumbai in search of work that he always yearned for.
Sanjib has been working in various capacities in Mumbai Film & Television industry for more than a decade now. He started his career under Sunil Ghosh, a veteran ad-filmmaker and a FTII-Pune alumnus. Sanjib has also worked with other prominent filmmakers like Govind Nihalani, Habib Faisal, R. Sarath, Sekhar Ghosh and more recently, Australian director Sean Lynch for an international action based television series in Afghanistan called Eagle Four. The series comprised talents from across the globe and won Seoul International Drama Award in 2011. As an assistant director, Sanjib has worked in Hindi feature films like Sooper Se Ooper, The Desire, Black Forest among others. He also assisted in popular Hindi TV series Kareena Kareena along with few non-fiction shows and TV commercials. He has worked for few popular Pakistani TV shows & film too.
Before turning into a fiction director, Sanjib directed a few non- fiction TV shows like Houzee, Dhano Bole Toh etc. He has also had a stint at the ZEE Entertainment group.
His short film “A REASONABLE COMPROMISE” , which he has also written, was screened at various film festivals including Court Metrage – Short Film Corner, Cannes 2012. Another short film “The 100 Watt Bulb”, which he’d produced, has won him the J. Abraham National Award and the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association (IDPA) Award for Best Short Fiction.
III Smoking Barrels is his début feature film as a director for which was nominated for Grand Newcomer Award at the 66th International Film Festival of Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany. He is also winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 12th Mexico International Film Festival 2018.
Sanjib was also a speaker at the prestigious TEDxSaraighat 2014 & a panelist at the INSIDENE YOUTH CONCLAVE 2018.
J. Abraham National Award 2009
IDPA award 2008-09
Silver Palm Award , Mexico International Film Festival 2018
Best Film in Other Language, Prag Cine Award 2018
Best Film in Other Language, Assam State Award 2018