In 2017, ShivHans Pictures CEO, Shivani Rawat, made a generous commitment to the Horizon Award. Their support will allow the program to grow and provide additional support for Horizon Award emerging female winners to include sponsorship of intensive shadow opportunities on features for Ava DuVernay, Dee Rees, and others.
Shivani Rawat is the Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, a production and finance company creating unique and compelling feature films outside the Hollywood studio model. The company strives to keep the financing process simple in an effort to fully support independent filmmakers and their visions while collaborating with top-tier talent.
In 2015, Rawat served as an executive producer on the first ShivHans film, “Danny Collins.” Directed by Dan Fogelman, the film featured an all-star cast including Al Pacino, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer. Her second film was Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” for which she served as a producer. Starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Elle Fanning, the film was nominated for several awards including a Best Actor Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nomination for Bryan Cranston. Bleecker Street released the critically-acclaimed box office hit “Captain Fantastic” in 2016 which was produced by Rawat and stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn and Kathryn Hahn. The film world premiered at the 2016 Sundance International Film Festival, went on to win the Un Certain Regard Directing Prize for writer/director Matt Ross at the Cannes Film Festival and won both the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. “Captain Fantastic” also garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Mortensen for Best Actor and a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Rawat also produced “The Polka King,” a new comedy starring Jack Black and Jenny Slate which made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in January as a Netflix Original. ShivHans’ next film, “Beirut”, will premiere at the upcoming 2018 Sundance Film Festival before Bleecker Street releases theatrically in April. The political spy thriller was produced by Rawat, directed by Brad Anderson, and stars Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Rawat recently finished production on her latest film “Brian Banks,” which stars Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear and was directed by Tom Shadyac.