Souvid Datta is a director, screenwriter, and photographer. Spanning both documentary and narrative worlds, his award-winning work explores systems of power and humanism.
Born in Mumbai and raised in London, his pursuit of impact storytelling has earned recognitions such as IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year, a Cannes Young Director Award nomination, a place on on the Vogue India 20 Under 26 list and Best Documentary Award at Cannes Short Film Festival.
Human stories are the heart of Souvid’s work, investigating issues like social justice, human rights, the environment and culture, and have taken him to over 60 countries. From the frontlines of the Syrian refugee crisis, to the bustling metropolises of East Africa, in the shadow of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, to environmental hotspots across China and South Asia, Souvid has produced multimedia reports, films and commercials for clients including Google, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Universal Music Group, Channel 4, BBC, TIME and The Guardian.
As a photographer, he’s shot editorials and reportage features all over the world, from Kenya to Kathmandu, with exhibitions in London’s Saatchi Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, the Indian Alliance Congress, Royal Geographic Society & Bibliotheque National de France.
He's the writer of four short films, and his latest, Moonlight Dreams toured several Oscar and Bafta-qualifying film festivals, premiering at Raindance 2020 and launching online on Nowness and Omeleto. In the same year he was selected as part of the 2021 Bafta x BFI Crew cohort. His debut feature film, a present-day sci-fi-drama set in East Africa is currently in development for 2022. And his latest documentary feature is in development with BFI and Creative England support.
Souvid's dream is to continue creating cinematic stories that foster empathy and challenge minds.