Gitanjali Kapila - Columbia College Chicago

Gitanjali Kapila

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


I am adjunct faculty in the Cinema and Television Arts Department where I teach in Foundations and Worldbuilding. My professional practice is focused on live action narrative filmmaking. My narrative short, Breathing above the Treeline, had 14 live screenings world-wide and received numerous nominations and awards in all categories. I am currently in post-production on two shorts, Bat and Groped, which I shot in 2019  Both Bat and Groped were awarded grants by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. I have published four academic papers focused on the hero's journey, fairytale structure and myth. In addition, I have presented internationally in Mumbai and in Moscow on writing for interactive episodic web-based narrative media. I am currently developing a family sitcom called "Meet the Singhilas." I have an MFA in writing and directing from Columbia University in the City of New York.


B.A., English Wesleyan University 1989
M.F.A., Film Columbia University 1999