Short Bio:Born and raised in Mumbai, Yashna worked in the world of advertising before moving to sunny LA to pursue an MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA. She also holds an MSc in Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Yashna has received multiple awards and accolades for her writing, the most recent of which is the Alfred P Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship for her script based on the pioneers of REM sleep.
Short Artist Statement: Yashna likes to write about people who don't belong, but carve out their own unique path in the world. She gravitates towards dark, existential themes and enjoys playing with the elements of time, memory and perception. Her goal is to write character-driven dramas for a global audience, that give voice to the unique perspective of South Asian women.
2020 Alfred P Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship Prize
2020 Evelyn Tappin Memorial Award
2019 Army Archerd Fellowship in Theater, Film and Television
2019 Film Schenectady Electric City Screenplay Contest Winner – Third Place, Pilot Category
2019 Script'd Staff Pick June 2019
2019 UCLA MFA Screenwriters Showcase Finalist
2019 The Launch Million Dollar Screenplay Contest Finalist – Top 26