Varda discovered film as child one summer night at a beachside motel in Israel when outside her window she caught sight of a kissing couple as large as a building. Turns out, next door a drive-in movie house was screening “A Man and A Woman”.  Her love affair with film began.


Following a successful career as a Script Supervisor, Varda launched into directing with her award-winning short film WINDOW starring Louis Gossett, Jr., about a veteran desperate for the bed by the window. Since then, Varda has been creating uniquely meaningful, compelling and imaginative films that delve into what it means to be human.  Her work ranges from feature projects to branded entertainment for multiple platforms including theatrical, broadcast, web and mobile. 


Her films tour the festival circuit winning multiple awards. Her short film “What Kind Of Planet Are We On?” co-written with Taylor Negron was honored with YouTube's Most Innovative Non-Profit Video award. Her PSA “Journey To Safety” won a Silver Telly "and her poetic short “Ode To Los Angeles” received the New Filmmakers/LA On Location Project Grand Prize valued at $100,000.  It’s no wonder SHOOT Magazine selected Varda to participate in their coveted New Director's Showcase.


Varda’s most recent project the feature documentary BIG VOICE was awarded “Best U.S. Premiere”  at the Heartland Film Festival and has been picked up for commercial distribution by Gravitas Ventures and educational distribution by The Video Project.


Varda’s work has been aired on major networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, The Documentary Channel and PBS, as well as going viral on the web, amassing well over a million views.


Varda sits on the board of New Filmmakers Los Angeles and is a member of Film Independent and the Alliance of Women Directors.


Award-winning director and world traveler Varda Bar-Kar had lived on three different continents by the time she was 10 years old. Her international lifestyle provides her with a uniquely global and expansive perspective.

Varda entered film production as a feature film script supervisor for maverick directors like Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Wang and Carroll Ballard. She developed her directing voice creating cause-driven viral videos that amassed tens of millions of views; short films garnering awards at major film festivals; and web series.

Now Varda explores the breadth of the human condition directing feature projects and episodic television. Her work has aired on Fox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, PBS, Sky, and the Documentary Channel among others. Her feature documentary Big Voice chronicling a challenging year in the life of a determined high school choir director won “Best U.S. Premiere” at the Heartland Film Festival, “Best Documentary” at New Filmmakers Los Angeles, and was picked-up by Netflix. Varda was selected to participate in Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation Diversity Program, then hired to direct the hit FOX TV show 9-1-1.

Varda is currently directing a new documentary, Fandango at the Wall, which tells the story of an unprecedented musical convergence at the border between the United States and Mexico weaving together the powerful stories of Veracruz’s masters of son jarocho, a mystical form of folk music, with an album recording at the border spearheaded by Arturo O’Farrill of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Affiliations: DGA Member, Co-Chair New Filmmakers Los Angeles Board, Film Fatales, International Documentary Association, Alliance of Women Directors.