Puja Maewal’s feature screenplay THE DIPLOMAT is a finalist for the inaugural 1497 Writers Lab. Read about it in Deadline.




Puja Maewal directs a music video for the United Nations in celebration of World Environment Day, which screened on television for millions of viewers in Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, and Morocco.

Puja Maewal’s television pilot ACCOMPLICE is selected for The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Script Development Lab.

Puja Maewal is a semifinalist for the Universal Writers Program.   

Puja Maewal’s television pilot ACCOMPLICE advances to the second round of Austin Film Festival’s TV Drama Pilot competition.  

The feature screenplay of JAYA, written by Puja Maewal, is selected for the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA’S Feature Access Program. Read about it in Deadline.


The feature screenplay of JAYA is selected for FILM INDEPENDENT’s Screenwriting Lab.


The feature screenplay of JAYA is a Semifinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

Nishat Kurwa of THE AEROGRAM reviews JAYA.


Puja Maewal is one of six directors selected for FILM INDEPENDENT’S Project Involve Fellowship


Puja Maewal is a finalist for the Commerical Directors Diversity Program.


Blogger Glen Golightly interviews Puja Maewal at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.






JAYA wins INDIEWIRE’S Project of the Week.


JAYA wins the APCA Award at CAAMFest for Best Student Film.


Puja Maewal is part of an online panel discussion about international filmmaking, hosted by The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe at Urbanworld Film Festival.


JAYA wins the Jury Award at the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA Student Awards


JAYA is a BAFTA U.S. Student Award Finalist.


JAYA is a Semifinalist in the 40th Annual STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS.


JAYA receives a CAUCUS GRANT AWARD at the Beverly Hills Hotel! Check out the Hollywood Reporter article about it.


INDIA POST calls JAYA “beautiful and surprising.” Read about it and the other Seattle South Asian Film Festival winners here.


The Renton Reporter describes JAYA’s Seattle Premiere on Opening Night of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival.


The JAYA feature screenplay is a Quarterfinalist in both the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, from over 4400 submissions, and Final Draft’s Big Break Screenplay Contest. 


The feature screenplay of JAYA is a Semifinalist in the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony


JAYA wins “Best Film” and “Best Screenplay” at UCLA Directors Spotlight at the DGA, with special guest Ben Affleck.


JAYA wins a CINE Golden Eagle Award.  (Past winners have included Steven Spielberg and Ken Burns.)  




MISS MALINI calls JAYA “intriguing” in her famous blog on Bollywood.


The UK’s popular FILM NEWS magazine calls JAYA “explosive!”


JAYA’s successful crowd-funding campaign is featured on Yourstory.com.


INDIA WEST does a piece on JAYA.


JAYA and Director Puja Maewal are profiled in the UCLA Daily Bruin.


SIDEKICK is featured in the UCLA Daily Bruin.