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SURI PARMAR
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surita.parmar at maine dot edu

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
•  Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Popular Fiction, University of Southern Maine
•  Diverse Screenwriters Program for Television Writing, Writers Guild of Canada
•  Writers’ Lab and Short Dramatic Film Program, Canadian Film Centre
•  Diploma in Creative Writing, Humber College
•  Bachelor of Architectural Sciences (BArchSc), Ryerson University
•  Scene Study: Directing Actors

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
•  Visiting Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
•  Stonecoast Alumni Reunion 2017, Bowdoin College, ME
•  Stonecoast MFA seminar: “She’s a Rainbow: Adapting Complex Women in Genre Literature for the Big Screen”

VOLUNTEER WORK
•  Judge, Maine Film Initiative
•  Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention
•  Judge, Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

SELECTED AWARDS/HONOURS
•  Transatlantic Talent Lab, Reykjavík International Film Festival
•  Creative Writing Residency, Dingle, Ireland
•  Office of Graduate Studies Scholarship, University of Southern Maine
•  Cultural Diversity Scholarship, University of Southern Maine
•  Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council grants recipient
•  Pitch finalist, Reel Asian International Film Festival
•  ReelWorld Film Festival Kodak Prize
•  Emerging 20, ReelWorld Film Festival
•  Feature Film Development Incubator, WIFT-T, Telefilm Canada, NBC Universal
•  Filmmaker Boot Camp, Toronto International Film Festival
•  Special Jury Prize, (Never Mind the Bolsheviks), Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
•  Full scholarship, Canadian Film Centre,
•  Platinum Remi award, (Life Debt), Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
•  James Appel scholarship, Humber College
•  Golden Camera award (2nd place), short screenplay (Minus Lara), Yorkton Film Festival
•  Finalist award, short screenplay (The Prodigal Daughter), Slamdance Screenplay Competition
•  Finalist award, feature-length screenplay competition, Austin Film Festival
•  Finalist award, feature-length screenplay competition, Nevada Film Festival
•  Finalist award, feature-length screenplay competition, Cinema City International Film Festival
•  Entrance scholarship, Ryerson University

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
•  Screenwriter: feature films Killing off Connor and Harvester Two (in production)
•  Reader, The Stonecoast ReviewIssue No. 7, Issue No. 6, Issue No. 5, Issue No. 3
•  Designer, project manager, and project coordinator
•  Construction contract administration
•  Graphic design, website construction and design
•  Research, fact checking

GRADUATE MENTORS
Tom Coash, Mike Kimball, Nancy Holder, Theodora Goss, Sarah Braunstein, Elizabeth Hand, Ted Deppe, James Patrick Kelly