Director of Photography




Vatsala Goel is a cinematographer splitting time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mumbai. 

She has shot several feature films, shorts, television & web series in both fiction and documentary genres. Her films have been screened by juries at Cinequest, Mill Valley Film Festival,  Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival, IFFLA, Albany Film Festival, “India Story” programming at MAMI, MIFF, “Viewing Room” list NFDC Film Bazaar, IFFI (Goa), NCPA, IDSSF (Kerela), Claremont-Ferrand (France), Bollywood and Beyond (Germany), Indian Film Festival (Houston) amongst others.

She has consulted for the Youtube channel Bong Eats (300K+ subscribers), being instrumental in reshaping the look and feel of their videos. More recently she has shot for Netflix, Tribeca Studios and worked with Emmy nominated and Guggenheim awarded directors on feature length projects. In October 2018, a PSA she shot in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings was featured on ABC News Network.

Subjects she has worked on include genealogy, immigration, reform in prison policies and social rehabilitation of former convicts, food industry, art for justice, public school education and dissolution of aboriginal communities in the dense jungles of central India.

Vatsala is currently seeking projects exploring themes in politics shaping public policy, health & wellness, the environment and wildlife.

She graduated with an MFA in cinematography from one of the oldest and most competetive film schools in the world - FTII Pune, a B. A. in english literature, film studies and journalism from St. Xavier’s College at Calcutta University, and has lectured as adjunct professor of cinematography at the School of Cinema, San Francisco State University.

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 & entrepreneurial partners who make art together.

Outside her film practice she pursues photographic printmaking and illustration. She draws inspiration from nature, art, photography and music. Even though she grew up in Kolkata, Mumbai and San Francisco Bay Area feel more like home. She has always lived close to the ocean and makes a fantastic cup of chai.

Passport ready, available for work travel. 

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Bengali, Bundelkhandi, Marathi. 

Affiliations: Indian Women Cinematographer’s Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Cinefemme, Film Powered


Phone: +1 415 774 6327


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. 


Ojai Film Festival, CA 2018

Mill Valley Film Festival, CA 2018

Cinequest, CA 2018

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