Director of Photography




Vatsala Goel is a Cinematographer working between Los Angeles, Bay Area and Mumbai. In 2010, she was one of 12 and the only female student accepted into the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India where she completed her MFA in Cinematography. 

Her recent documentary feature film "The Train Leaves at Four" was selected to screen at the coveted “India Story” section at the 17th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. NFDC India recommended the film in Film Bazaar's “Viewing Room List” in 2015.

She is currently directing "Home is Here" a short film about the quirks of finding lasting friendships in San Francisco. She is also developing the episodic documentary film series "Creative Couples", exploring the journey of creative & entrepreneural partners who make art together. 

Outside of her film practice she pursues photographic printmaking and illustration. For more photography and art work, visit

She is an active member of the Indian Women Cinematographer's Collective (IWCC) and has lectured as Adjunct Professor of Cinematography at San Francisco State University. 

Contact Info: 


Phone: +1 415 774 6327

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Native proficiency: English, Hindi, Bengali, Bundelkhandi

Professional working proficiency: Marathi


Co- judged the inaugural Noe Valley Girl's Film Festival, San Francisco, 2016. 

Awarded the Outstanding Cinematography Award for "Guillaume; or, The Chauffeur" at Scary Cow Film Festival, San Francisco, 2016. 

Curated, Produced and launched Photography Exhibit and Lecture Series "Open Show" in Pune, 2012. 


Albany Film Festival, CA, 2017. 

I Hella Love Shorts Film Festival, Oakland, 2016. 

Scary Cow Film Festival, San Francisco, 2015, '16, '17. 

NCPA Reality Check & Indian Documentary Producer's Association co-presentation at NCPA, Mumbai, 2017.  

National Competetion, 14th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), Mumbai 2016.

NFDC India Film Bazaar's Recommended "Viewing Room" 2015 List. 

India Story, 17th MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2015. 

21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), Kolkata, 2015. 

CLAPSTICK Film Festival, SRFTI Kolkata, 2014.

6th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) Jaipur, 2014.

National Student Film Awards, Pune, 2013. 

44th International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2013

International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerela, 2013.

11th Kalpanirjhar Short Film Festival, Kolkata, 2013.

34th Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France, 2012

Bollywood and Beyond, Germany, 2012

Nepal Cine Symposium, Nepal, 2012

Indian Film Festival, Houston, USA, 2012


Pin-up Group Show, Dickerman Prints, San Francisco, 2014.

Presented photographs at Sadakchchap Street Photography Intervention, Pune, 2013. 

Presented at Open Show Pune II, 2013. 

Video Art "Eighteen Twentyone" exhibited at Clarion Collection, New Delhi, 2008. 

Photographs exhibited at Musée de l'Élysée, France, 2007. 

Paintings in Group Show, "Black and Red", St Xavier's Annual Art Exhibition, Kolkata, 2005. 

Paintings in Group Show, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, 2005. 


The eye is the jewel of the body

~Henry David Thoreau