Aarthi Ramanathan’s addiction to movies began at age 10 when she penned her first Disney movie. Unfortunately, they never got back to her, but by that point, she had already been bitten by the screenwriting bug and has been writing scripts ever since. Her love of animation, combined with her cross-cultural upbringing – India, where she was born, Kuwait, where she grew up, and Canada, where she lives now – has lent itself to a portfolio of rich characters and journeys in the Family and Fantasy genres. Her screenplays have also been honored in several screenwriting competitions including Austin Film Festival (2nd Rounder x2), Stage 32 Feature Contest (winner), PAGE (Semifinalist x2) Screencraft (Finalist), Bluecat (Semifinalist), and Final Draft Big Break (Current Quarterfinalist). In addition to writing, she is a skilled artist and sketches characters and scenes to go along with her stories. Aarthi is currently on assignment with an independent producer on a web series. Twitter @ajramanathan.