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Roma Sur

Roma Sur

Senior Instructor
  • Film & Television


Primary Phone:303-315-7427

Roma Sur is a screenwriter and filmmaker, who found her niche in narrating cross-cultural stories that channel her Asian American immigrant experience of living in the U.S. for 20 years, and her childhood in Cosmopolitan India. She comes from a family of fierce independent women, and they often form the core of her writing. She writes young adult and female driven dramas with levity.

Her most recent project is a 38 minute documentary, titled MAA. Shot over a two-year period in India, Ontario and Colorado, MAA follows an 80-year-old's deferred dream to gaze upon the Niagara Falls, before her last breath. Completed in June 2021, the film is a recent semi-finalist at Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, an Academy, BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards qualifier. Follow the project @Maadocumentary

Sur also wrote the Pilot Episode of the web series, Womanhood, "Embarrassing Moments only a Woman can Experience." It was shot in June 2021. Sur is currently in pre-production for her recent feature screenplay, The Rock Within, which has been a second rounder at Sundance feature lab, 2018, an official select, at the Stowe Story Labs, 2018, an invited project at the Stowe Spring Retreat, 2019, a second rounder at India’s leading pitch market, Film Bazaar, 2019, and a quarter finalist at Screencraft’s Funding contest, 2019. It is slated for a summer 2022 production. Sur leads the study abroad program to Mumbai, titled Bollywood Connections.

Areas of Expertise

Screenwriting: fiction/non-fiction
Media Theory classes

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Bangalore, India
Masters in American Literature 

University of Denver 
Masters in Film and Video Production


MAA, documentary
Semi-finalist, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2021

CU President’s Diversity Award 2020
An annual award, across four campuses for work that recognizes the values of diversity

Not Pictured, Faculty Mentor for a bilingual short, produced on location in Mumbai

  • Dada Saheb Phalke, Special Mention 2020
  • San Bernando Valley Film Festival, Finalist 2020
  • Colorado Dragon Film Festival 2020
  • Mumbai Shorts Film Festival 2020 
  • Flamingo Mumbai Film Festival 2020
  • Bangalore Shorts Film Festival 2020
  • Global India Film Festival, Best Film 2020
  • Best International Global Short, India 2019 
  • Winner, Outstanding Achievement, L’age D’or International Film Festival 2019
  • Goa Short Film Festival 2019             

Desert Flower, Faculty Mentor for a student-led web-series 

  • Winner, Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles 2019
  • Miami Web Fest 2019
  • Global Web Series, Semi-finalist 2020

Three Worlds One Stage, a feature documentary

  • San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Brazil 2020
  • Official Selection, Colorado Independent Women Film 2019 
  • Official Selection, Breckenridge Film Festival 2019
  • FAD Festival - Film, Art Dance on Screen 2019 
  • Official Selection, Peace Film Festival, Florida 2019
  • Best Feature Documentary, Global India Film Festival 2019
  • Official Selection, Utah Dance Film Festival 2019 
  • Official Selection, Dragon Film Festival 2019
  • Women in Film and Media Colorado Finishing Fund Grant 2019
  • Jaipur International Film Festival 2019
  • Delhi International Film Festival  2019 
  • Screening at European

The Rock Within, a feature screenplay

  • Sundance Feature Lab, Semi-finalist 2018
  • Official Selection, Stowe Story Lab 2018
  • Official Selection, Stowe Spring Retreat 2018
  • Film Bazaar, Second Rounder 2019
  • Screencraft Funding, Qaurter-finalist 2019

Seven Days Straight, Faculty Mentor for a student-led web series 2016
Best Editing and Best Writing, LA Web fest

The Golden Hour, a feature documentary

  • Best Documentary, Indian Film Festival of Houston 2013
  • National Screening, NDTV India 2014
  • Official Selection, Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai India 2014
  • Official Selection, Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City 2013
  • Denver Premiere, SIE FILM Center 2013
  • Featured in THE HINDU, South India’s Leading Daily 2013
  • Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, India 2013

Storytelling Today, a short documentary

  • Inducted in the professional catalogue of Denver Public Library  2004
  • Boulder Community Media Award for in the category of Documentary – Issue 2003

The Harold Mendelsohn Graduate Student Award 

  • Department of Mass Communications and Journalism Studies, DU 2003
  • The Graduate Teaching Assistant award  2002– 2003

Copywriter for BPL Connect Pagers

  • Silver Award, Best Copy in Print Ads, 1999

Screenings & Awards

Global Indian Film Festival
Mumbai, India
Best Documentary

Jaipur International Film Festival
Jaipur, India

Breckenridge Film Festival
Breckenridge, United States
Official Selection

New Delhi Film Festival
New Delhi, India

Utah Dance Film Festival
Orem, United States
Utah Premiere
Official Selection

Peace International Film FestivalErbil, Iraq
Iraq Premiere
Official Selection

FAD Festival: Film Art Dance on Screen
Cary, United States
North Carolina Premiere
Official Selection

Colorado Dragon Film Festival
Denver, United States
Official Selection

Global Peace Film Festival
United States
Official selection

Colorado Independent Women of Film
Denver, United States
Official selection

Award-Winning Documentry, "Three Worlds, One Stage," Released Internationally

CU Denver filmmakers celebrate dance, music, and culture.

Our overall vision is to present to a global audience a sound that is ancient, yet represents this new world that we inhabit, as global citizens. It is an exciting time to be alive and to create cinema that speaks a universal language through dance, drums and music." ––Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur

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