FIRST YEAR – LOS ANGELES
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's School of Theater Film and Television. She also holds an MSc in Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. 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. She has previously interned at Lionsgate Entertainment (LA) and Red Chillies Entertainment (Mumbai), and 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. Her goal is to write character-driven dramas for a global audience, highlighting the unique perspective of South Asians, and especially South Asian women.