Deepak Rauniyar was born in Saptari, Nepal. His micro-budget debut feature, Highway, premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and was the first Nepali film ever to screen at a major international festival. The film is credited with starting a new wave of Nepali cinema focused on the reality of post-conflict life in the landlocked nation. His second feature, White Sun, premiered at the 2016 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews calling it "an impressively accomplished second feature" that skillfully explores personal and social frictions in a small mountain village after the civil war. The film won the Interfilm Award at Venice and Silver Screen Award for Best Film at the Singapore International Film Festival, New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at Palm Spring Film Festival and has screened widely internationally. Rauniyar is an alumnus of the TIFF and Berlinale Talent Labs.