Tell Your Story
Rajiv Shah is a writer/ﬁlmmaker originating from the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving technological hub, the Silicon Valley. Starting in the theatre Rajiv spent many years on the boards working on politically conscious, socially driven, and topical productions. At the same time, his family was steeped in the high tech world and he was surrounded by the innovation that the Silicon Valley provided. The combination of story, pressing social issues, and a fascination with technical innovation carried over into Rajiv’s work as a filmmaker. Rajiv’s interest is in the creation of new work focusing on telling socially driven and entertaining stories relating to family dynamics and growing up multiracial (and an outsider) in contemporary American society.
Rajiv’s ﬁrst feature screenplay, Run the Tide, progressed to the quarterﬁnals in the Austin Film Festival, the semi-ﬁnal round in the Page Screenwriters competition, and is a ﬁnalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition as well as the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab partnered with Mumbai Mantra. Run the Tide was selected for the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and was mentored by Oscar/Emmy winning director Jeffrey D. Brown and Judith Rascoe.
Rajiv co-wrote his second feature length screenplay, 808, which was one of a handful of screenplays accepted to the IFP Film Market’s competitive Emerging Narrative division in New York. Rajiv also co-wrote and produced, Dumpling, which premiered at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival and is currently distributed by MNET Media. Dumplingwon best dramatic short at the Asians on Film Festival and was a finalist in the dramatic category at HollyShorts. Most recently DUMPLING was accepted to Busan West which is in partnership with the renowned Busan Internation Film Festival.
Also an actor, Rajiv played a lead role in the James Isaac horror feature, Pig Hunt, currently distributed by Lightening Media and is a part of Fangoria’s Frightfest Series.