A Director and Writer from Singapore based in San Francisco.
Born and raised in Singapore, Jacintha moved to the San Francisco bay area as an adult pursuing acting. However, she realized that most of the roles or projects that she come across for women and people of colour were limited, stereotyped or downplayed, highlighting their flaws instead of celebrating their strengths.
To change that narrative, she shifted her focus to crafting stories that includes diversity in front of and behind the camera. Her love for writing eventually led her to guide actors through these stories thus following a path of a Writer/Director.
She loves telling stories that deal with the complexities of the human drama particularly of the everyday people. She has recently completed her feature script, SINGAPURA, which is inspired by the Race Riots which took place in Singapore between July and September, 1964.
Her goal is to share stories of the underrepresented, include diversity in front of and behind the camera and champion and encourage others like her to tell stories of their own.


  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Madhavi
    Screenplay, Short Script
    The Gift2019
    Short
    First and Last2017
    Short, Student
    The Dance2013
    Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    The Gift2019
    Short
    First and Last2017
    Short, Student
    The Dance2013
    Short
Official Selection
The Gift
Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2021.
Cleveland
2021
Winner for Best Leading Actress
The Gift
New Wave Short Film Festival
Munich
2021
Official Selection
The Gift
Blackbird Film Festival 2021
Cortland, New York
2021
Official Selection
The Gift
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Iowa
2021
Honourable Mention for Best Fantasy Short Film
The Gift
Cinefantasy - International Fantastic Film Festival
Sao Paulo
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Ethereal Horror Fest
Austin, Texas
2020
Finalist
The Gift
Women On The Dark Side Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Winner Best Fantasy Short Film, Best Director Finalist
The Gift
Austin After Dark Film Festival
Austin, Texas
2020
Best International Director Finalist
The Gift
Directed By Women Turkey
Istanbul
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Dances With Films
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Feratum International Fantastic Film Festival
Mexico
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Film Girl Film
Milwaukee
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival
Saskatoon
2020
Best Fantasy Short Film, Best Cinematography
The Gift
Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
North Carolina
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Another Hole In The Head Film Festival
San Francisco
2020
Best Fantasy Short Finalist, Best Director Finalist
The Gift
Oregon Short Film Festival Summer 2020
Oregon
2020
Official Selection
The Gift
Coven Film Festival 2020
San Francisco
2020
Winner for Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Writing, Best Actress in a Leading Role.
The Gift
Across The Globe Film Festival
Stockholm, Sweden and New York City
Official Selection
The Gift
Women's Independent Festival 2020
Los Angeles
Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers
The Dance
Best Shorts Film Festival
Los Angeles
College
San Francisco Digital FIlm School
Filmmaking
Birth Date
November 8
Nickname
Jessie
Birth City
Singapore
Current City
San Francisco, California.
Hometown
Singapore
Height
5"2
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Indian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Scorpio
Married To
Miikka Skaffari
A Director and Writer from Singapore based in San Francisco.