Mani Shankar Iyer is a screenwriter and Director from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He completed his Bachelors degree in Commerce from New LJ College of Commerce, Ahmedabad and later did his post-graduate Diploma in Film Technology from MGR Government Film and Television Institute, Chennai. He holds a Gold medal in Direction and Screenplay writing. During his academic career, Mani made various short films like The Chess Champion (English), I am a Gay (Hindi), Maayathirai (Tamil), Azhagana En Charupriya (Tamil), Maargam (Tamil) etc. which were all critically acclaimed and selected at various film festivals. His most critically acclaimed film “Magizhvan” (Tamil) was selected at various international film festivals including Seattle South Asian Film Festival and Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, bagging several awards. He also takes lectures in film making and screenwriting at various film institutes in India. “Sattham” is his first feature film.