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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Vanara Taing, 2010

Editor, Warner Animation Group

Vanara Taing is an immigrant from Thailand

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Editing at American Film Institute

VANARA TAING is a film editor and writer based in Los Angeles.


Vanara was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents. In 1979, her parents escaped on foot from Cambodia during the Vietnamese invasion of their country. Two years after Vanara was born, the family was resettled in Washington State. Her parents divorced and Vanara and her two siblings were raised by their mother.

Vanara attended Scripps College and, at graduation, won the award for the best thesis in the English Department. She subsequently received a master's degree from Harvard's School of Education. She received her MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI). Her thesis film, SAMNANG, which she wrote, was a National Finalist for the Student Academy Award. Her feature script, SEASON OF LIGHT, was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist.

Prior to AFI, Vanara was a producer at StoryCorps, a national oral history project. Her producing credits were awarded a 2012 George Foster Peabody Award and a 2013 duPont-Columbia Award as part of the collaboration between StoryCorps, NPR, POV, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Education
  • MFA Editing | American Film Institute 2012
  • EdM Administration, Planning, and Social Policy | Harvard University 2005
  • BA English | Scripps College 2002
Work History
  • Warner Animation Group, Editor
  • Warner Bros. Animation, Assistant Editor