Biju Viswanath is an international film director, director of photography and screenwriter.[1] His movies have been screened throughout the world. Viswanath has directed movies in English, Tamil, Italian, Irish, Swahili, Japanese, and Indian languages. His credits span multiple genres: thrillers, mystery, horror, romance and critically acclaimed dramas.

Biju Viswanath
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OccupationFilm Director, Screenwriter, Director of Photography, Film Editor


Viswanath's directorial debut A Voyage is based on the works of famous Indian writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair, winner of highest literary award in India Jnanpith. The film won the Gold Medal for Best Short Film in India and Honorable Mention in Zanzibar International Film Festival.[2]

His international English feature film Déjàvu with British actors premiered at the 54th Locarno International Film Festival.

Only two other Indian films have made it to Locarno in its 54-year history, the other being the Oscar-nominated Hindi film Lagaan.[3]Dejavu [1] was screened in 24 international film festivals.

His Urdu film Parwaaz (The Flight) won Special Prize in Patras Film Festival.[4]

Viswanath won two awards for Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay in New York Independent Film Festival [2] for his feature film Marathon (2010) Marathon imdb based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning American poet William Morris Meredith, Jr.[4]

Another Feature film "Viola"Viola imdb won Golden palm in the Mexico International Film festival[5]

Swahili short film "The Shadow Tree" won the Special Award in Skepto Film Festival in Italy,[6] Signis Award and Best short Film Award in 2014 at Zanzibar Film Festival,[7] and Special Mention award at the 4th Filmambiente international festival Brazil.[8]

Biju Viswanath's Tamil Feature film "Orange Mittai" is produced and co written by the famous Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi[9]

Biju's Canadian movie "Living is Easy" Received Gold award in Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque 2019. Best narrative short in Pinnacle Film Awards 2019,[10]


Selected filmography

Year Film Language Notes
1995 Peter Scott Malayalam
1998 A Voyage (silent)
2000 O. Henry Stories Malayalam
2001 Dejavu English
2003 Music Videos MTV Hindi
2004 Second Coming English
2005 Zodiac Tales English
2006 Sign of Four English
2006 Grand Festival Hindi
2007 Lorg Irish
2008 Parwaaz Urdu
2008 Rian Irish
2009 Oshizemi Japanese
2010 Marathon English
2011 Viola English
2012 The Nail English
2013 Mafiosi Italian
2013 Shadow Tree Swahili
2014 Thief and Wind chime Tamil
2015 Orange Mittai Tamil
2017 Living is Easy English
2018 Silent Times English
2019 Chennai Palani Mars Tamil

Film festivals/awardsEdit

Year Film Language Festivals
2019 Living is easy English Golden Award. Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque
Best Narrative short. Pinnacle Film Awards
2019 Silent Times English Grand Jury Gold Award. West Coast International Film Festival
Best Feature Film.Pinnacle Film Awards
2014 Shadow Tree Swahili Special Award.Skepto Film festival Cagliari Italy
Special Mention Award.Filmambiente film festival
Signis Award,Best Short Film Award.Zanzibar film festival.
Green Film Festival South Korea
River film festival.Padova.Italy
Kansk video Festival.Russia
Fuencaliente Ruralfilmfest.Spain
Matsalu Film festival Estonia
Sir Charles Darwin film festival U.K
Festival Cinema Africana De Verona Italy
2011 Viola English Golden Palm Award 2011 Mexico International Film Festival
2011 Lucerne international Film Festival
2009 Marathon English Award for Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay,New York Independent Film Festival 2010
2009 Oshizemi Japanese Sadho Poetry Festival
Dhaka International Film Festival
2008 Lorg Irish Dublin Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
2008 Parwaaz Urdu Best Short Film Award, Patras Film Festival Greece
Official Selection Stuttgart Film Festival
Official Selection Indian Panorama
Bosnia Film Festival
Zimbabwe Film Festival
2006 Grand Festival Hindi/English Pusan International Film Festival
New York South Asian Film Festival
New Jersey Independent Film Festival
Manila Film Festival
Baja California Film Festival
2001 Dejavu English Locarno Film Festival
Pusan International Film Festival
Florence Film Festival
Indian Panorama
1998 A Voyage silent Honorable Mention Zanzibar Film Festival
Berlin Film Festival
Hummadruz Los Angeles Film Festival
Calcutta Film Festival


  1. ^ "Filmmaker makes Kerala proud". Khaleej Times. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ Zanzibar International Film Festival Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  3. ^ "Indian pix at Locarno". Variety. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Awards of 8th International Panorama of Independent Filmakers". Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  5. ^ Mexico International Film Festival and Awards Retrieved 2017-12-30.
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  7. ^ "ZIFF 2014: The Winners". 22 June 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Awards - Feature Length Documentary". Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  9. ^ Rinku Gupta (11 February 2014). "Vijay Sethupathi's Maiden Production gets International Director". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
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