Shriya Rana 8:00, India

Ayesha, an independent gay woman struggling to lead a normal life in a homophobic society, takes a stand for herself against her own regressive brother. Inspired by true events, Ayesha is an ode to every homosexual fighting against all odds merely to breathe.

Director Shriya Rana grew up in Himachal Pradesh, India and moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to study filmmaking. She graduated in filmmaking from NYFA and then studied directing at UCLA- Extension. In 2020, she wrote and directed the short drama film AYESHA as her thesis film. After her graduation, she started working as a Production Coordinator with CBS Interactive, Beverly Hills. She is currently working on developing Ayesha into a feature.