About Dr Sapna Samant
Sapna moved from Mumbai, India to New Zealand in December 2001. She worked as doctor in India but decided to explore other aspects of her brain and did a Masters in film, television and media studies from the University Of Auckland. She worked as a freelance producer with Radio New Zealand from 2002 to 2009. She was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the New Zealand Radio Awards in 2006. She established Holy Cow Media Ltd in May 2006 seeing a clear gap in the storytelling universe. In 2008 HCM received funding for The Asian Radio Show that was broadcast on Radio Live until 2012. Irreverent and edgy, this was the only Asian show to be broadcast in commercial radio in New Zealand. It was nominated for the Best Community Programme-English in the New Zealand Radio Awards in 2012.
Sapna wrote her first short Kimbap. Produced by HCM, Kimbap debuted at the Jaipur International Film Festival in 2014 and then screened at the Bluestocking Film Series in Maine where it won the Best in Show and Audience Choice for Best Film by a Male Director awards. Kimbap is now part of the ‘Best of Bluestocking Series that has screened in Goteburg, Sweden at the LadyBug Festival and will also be seen across America.
Before the short Sapna made her first documentary, Dance Baby Dance Naach Gaana Hum Aur Tum, to look at the place of the Indian diaspora in Auckland. This was completed in 2008 and she presented it at various academic seminars in New Zealand. The documentary was part of the first American Online Awards Spring Showcase in 2014.