Dr. Shweta Ghosh is a National Award winning documentary filmmaker and researcher. She is Lecturer in Screen Practices and Industries and has a Ph.D. (film practice) from the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading, U.K.
A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Shweta has explored a range of subjects through her documentaries and written research. She has received prestigious fellowships from the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (New Delhi) and Early Career Film Fellowship (TISS, Mumbai) for her films, and two of her films were telecast on Doordarshan. Her debut film Accsex (on disability and sexuality) was awarded Special Mention at the 61st National Film Awards and has been used extensively for research, training and advocacy. Shweta has also received grants to make her films Chatkorichya Athavni/A Slice of Memory (on food culture, identity and memory in western coastal Maharashtra) and Steeped and Stirred (on the socio-political aspects of tea drinking in India). Her films have been screened at various film festivals and public screenings in India, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, Morocco and the UK, and have won multiple awards.
Shweta’s PhD project ‘We Make Film’ which explored disability and access to filmmaking contemporary urban India, made original contributions to the field of disability studies, film practice and pedagogy via a documentary (by the same name; released 2021) and through publications (currently in development).
The project has received multiple recognitions for filmmaking and impact.
Shweta has multiple publications which include a chapter and two peer-reviewed journal articles. She has presented research papers on the politics of food, disability, film as well as documentary making at several international conferences. Shweta is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards such as the University of Reading International Studentship (2016), JN Tata Endowment for Higher Education of Indians (2016), Tata Education and Development Trust Gift Scholarship (2018) and FICCI FLO Pune ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award (Arts & Culture – 2016) among others.