Neelu Bhuman is an independent filmmaker playfully exploring nuanced viewpoints on race, gender, sexuality, culture, class, and romance. Their work foregrounds the resilience and resistance of marginalized communities in the face of political and personal duress. Award-winning TRANSFINITE (2019) has screened worldwide in 80+ festivals and educational institutions.
TRANSFINITE was the opening night film at San Francisco’s Transgender Film Festival in 2019 and the critics pick at Austin’s aGLIFF. TRANSFINITE (2019) is available on Amazon USA, UK and streaming platforms worldwide. Neelu is the winner of Netflix backed 2022 Tasveer Film Fund and the prestigious 2023 Firelight Media Doc Lab. Neelu is a 2023 Doc Society CPH: DOX Queer Now Lab fellow. CHIRAGU was shortlisted for the 2021 Doc Society New Perspectives Fellowship. CHIRAGU (formerly HERO PILOT) is the official selection of 2023 Sheffield DocFest MeetMarket Projects and was the 2020 DOC NYC Only In New York WIP Official Selection. They served on juries for 2020 Boston Wicked Queer Film Festival, 2021 MIX Copenhagen and 2022 TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival. Neelu is a non-binary transmasc pansexual immigrant of South Indian origin.