Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda, M.F.A.

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Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 936.294.1344

Faculty & Staff


Sachin is an award-winning filmmaker who studied at The University of Texas at Austin as part of their MFA program in Film & Media Production. His work has been screened at prestigious film festivals such as Hot Docs, Raindance, EnergaCAMERIMAGE, and Krakow. He strives to tell stories that demand an urgent conversation and seeks to engage with people, places, and communities that are slowly disappearing. He aims to affirm their existence through cinema by preserving their lives and memories.

His pre-thesis film, TESTIMONY OF ANA, won the National Film Award (Swarna Kamal/Golden Lotus) for the Best Non-Feature Film issued by the Government of India and won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Oscar-qualifying 13th International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala. The film also secured distribution on reputed platforms such as MUBI and Kinoscope.

He is a recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Global Learning at UT Austin and the Austin Film Society Grant in 2020.

Sachin won the competitive Panavision New Filmmaker Program Equipment Grant and the UT Graduate Continuing Fellowship (an award given to support the final year of an outstanding graduate student) to implement his MFA thesis project, MEN IN BLUE.

Areas of Teaching Interest:

  • Directing Documentary, Narrative, and Immersive VR Filmmaking
  • Film Appreciation
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, 2022 - Present


  • MFA in Film & Media Production, The University of Texas at Austin, 2022
  • MS in Software Engineering, Arizona State University, 2015
  • B.Tech. in Information & Communication Technology, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, 2013

Curriculum Vitae