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Alishan Valiani

Director | Screenwriter

Biography

I focus on meek men and women who cowardly wade through the absurdities of life. Beaten down by the world and holding their heads down devoid of any hope or confidence, my characters are real people, and my stories are real experiences.  Raised in rural Memphis, I came from an immigrant family. I always had the vision to write and make movies, but pursuing an artistic endeavor was deemed a fantasy. I knew no one in entertainment, and the world behind the silver screen seemed to be one entirely separate from the realm I inhabited. My parents worked extremely hard to send me, the first in my family, to college, and was I going to waste their toil on a seemingly fickle dream? Knowing I had to prove to my parents—and, more importantly, myself—that I wasn’t wasting my time, I spent every minute I could spare in college writing a screenplay. I promised myself that I would either make something happen before graduation or else I’d quit, and I eventually did quit. I was going to take a corporate job, and my parents’ hard work would pay off. Then, I won two competitions for my screenplay Parking Ticket—UPenn's first place Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing and the WGA’s Michael Collyer Screenwriting Fellowship. These seemingly small wins had a tremendous impact: I realized that I had a real shot at making movies my reality, and I’d be damned if I let that shot go to waste. As the 2020-2021 WGA screenwriting fellow, I worked under the mentorship of screenwriter James V. Hart to write my next screenplay, In Sects. After this screenplay drew attention from the ISA team, I was invited to join the Development Slate, where I hope to grow as a writer and continue expanding my portfolio.

Projects (2)

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In Sects
Feature
  • Rom-Com .
  • Drama
1 Recommendation
1 Award
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Parking Ticket
Feature
  • Rom-Com .
  • Drama
0 Recommendation
1 Award
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Available

Education

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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Alishan Valiani

Director | Screenwriter

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