Yasmin Mistry is an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Her work has been displayed worldwide including showings at the United Nations and White House as well as at film festivals such as SXSW, Tribeca and DOC NYC. She is the recipient of grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Riverside Sharing Fund, Artists Volunteer Center, and Harnisch Foundation, in addition to being a finalist for the 2018 & 2019 ITVS Diversity Development Fund.
When not working as an artist, Yasmin dedicates her time to the foster youth of New York City. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, she received the 2012 Advocate of The Year Award for her dedication to getting services for foster care children with special needs, and the 2018 CASA Hero Award for her advocacy work. Yasmin was inspired to create a documentary film series about foster care when she realized the voices of the children she worked with were not being heard and their stories never told.
In 2012 she founded the Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP), which gives current and former foster youth a chance to tell their own stories. The films (which are created with the help of foster youth, foster families and social workers) have screened at over 140 film festivals and been nominated for more than 80 awards.