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 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.

Areas of Expertise

Media Theory classes

Education, Licensure & Certifications

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

  • 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

"A Feral World" Wins at Southeast Regional Film Festival

Film & Television Chair David Liban's post-apocalyptic film, "A Feral World", is scheduled for release on Amazon and iTunes for September 22nd!

Feral Honors

  • Winner, Best Sci-Fi Feature at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Actor at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Actress at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

"Fresh Tracks" at Vail Film Festival

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.

New Documentary by FITV Faculty Roma Sur and Jessica McGaugh

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".


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Meet CAM Faculty Member Edward Tyndall

What are Edward Tyndall's favorite movies? Get to know new Film & Television faculty member Edward Tyndall in his Q&A.

Bollywood Connections: Film & Television in India

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.