Film & Television
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 US for twenty 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.
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 2021 production.
In summer 2021, Sur completed a feature screenplay adaptation, titled Debu’s Journey. Targeted towards the young adult audience, this is a historical fiction set against the communal riots of 1980s North East India.
Sur leads the study abroad to Mumbai, titled Bollywood Connections. A cohort of eleven students traveled to Mumbai in summer 2019, to produce a bilingual fiction film in collaboration with Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. It was shot on location in the heart of Film City lot. The short film titled, Not Pictured, has had eleven global screenings so far, still in the running. It won the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke, Special Jury award, 2019.
Sur is currently in post-production for her documentary film, Maa. Shot across Kolkata, India, Canada and Mumbai, this film follows a septuagenarian on her road to recovery from Kolkata to Niagara. Production started in December 2018, and will be completed in fall 2020.
Sur has also served as an Executive Producer on two award-winning web series, and directed and produced five award-winning documentaries.
Sur is the recipient of the 2020 President’s Diversity award, one of the highest honors across all four campuses of University of Colorado. She has also served as a Script Analyst and a screener at the Denver International Film Festival.
Sur lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her son.
Media Theory classes
University of Bangalore, India
Master's in American Literature
University of Denver
Master's in Film and Video Production
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
Desert Flower, Faculty Mentor for a student-led web-series
Three Worlds One Stage, a feature documentary
The Rock Within, a feature screenplay
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
Storytelling Today, a short documentary
The Harold Mendelsohn Graduate Student Award
Copywriter for BPL Connect Pagers
CU Denver faculty and filmmaker Hans Rosenwinkel's film, "Fresh Tracks", a documentary about the first U.S. amputee skier and his design that launched the adaptive skiing movement, is up for Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival.
When the ancient Indian beats of Odissi combine with the rhythms of the West African Djembe and the vibrant Spanish Flamenco, a new kind of sound is born. Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur have partnered on the new documentary, "Three Worlds, One Stage".
What are Edward Tyndall's favorite movies? Get to know new Film & Television faculty member Edward Tyndall in his Q&A.
Ten Film & Television students, led by Roma Sur, traveled to Mumbai, India to collaborate with India’s top film school to produce a bi-lingual short film in “Bollywood”, the movie capital of the eastern hemisphere.