Anand Ramayya grew up in a film family and has been working on dramatic films since the age of 15. Anand spent several formative years in his twenties working and backpacking extensively throughout Asia. Upon his return to Canada he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree and began working full time in the film industry.
Ramayya is a four-time Gemini Award winning producer and filmmaker who has worked with a number of creatives and companies from across the country. His projects have ranged from independent feature length films to stop motion animation and documentary films. “Cosmic Current”, which he wrote and directed for the National Film Board of Canada, went on to receive the 2004 Gemini Canada Award which honours excellence in Mainstream programs that reflects the cultural diversity of Canada. “Wapos Bay – There’s No ‘I’ In Hockey”, of which Ramayya is a producer, was also honoured with the Gemini Canada Award in 2006. Most recently, “Wapos Bay – The Series” was awarded the 2008 Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series. In 2007 Ramayya co-produced his first feature length dramatic film “45 RPM” starring Michael Madsen(Kill Bill), Amanda Plummer (My Life Without Me), August Schellenberg (Free Willy) and Kim Coates (Black Hawk Down). “45 RPM” is currently enjoying a festival run and is scheduled for Canadian theatrical release in early 2009.
In 2002 Anand created Karmafilm to facilitate the production of a growing slate of projects. Karmafilm is a boutique production company which focuses on intelligent, challenging and relevant content for the international marketplace. Anand served a term as President of the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association and three years on their Board of Directors. By regularly attending markets and festivals, Anand has built strong relationships with a number of Canadian broadcasters, distributors, and production companies and looks to develop co-production opportunities with like-minded creators from around the world. Anand resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the “Paris of the Prairies”, with his wife Teresa and young son Owen.
45 RPM – Feature Length Drama, CHUM, Movie Central, TMN, APTN, SCN
Official Selecton Vancouver International Film Festival 2008
Mad Cow Sacred Cow – Feature Length Documentary, CBC, SCN, Knowledge
Official Selection Whistler Film Festival 2008
Wapos Bay – 2008 Gemini Award–Best Individual or Ensemble Performance, APTN, NFB
Wapos Bay – 2007 Gemini Award–Best Children’s or Youth Program or Series, APTN, NFB
Cosmic Current – 1hr doc, 2004 Gemini Canada Award, CBC, Vision
Wapos Bay There’s No “I” In Hockey – 2006 Gemini Canada Award Winner, APTN, NFB
Christmas at Wapos Bay – Official Selection 2001 Sundance Film Festival
The Psychedelic Pioneers – 1 hr doc, History Television & SCN