Aqsa Altaf is a Los Angeles based filmmaker. She was raised in Kuwait by Muslim, Pakistani and Sri Lankan parents who were migrant workers. She immigrated to the US in 2013. Because of her upbringing, Aqsa is fascinated with telling stories that are diverse in nature and reflect on subject matters that are universal.
She wrote and directed a Disney short film, AMERICAN EID, for NAACP Image Awards nominated series Disney Launchpad (Season 1). The film is now streaming on Disney+.
Her films have premiered at festivals like SXSW, Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival and were shortlisted for BAFTA Film Awards. She was nominated for the Young Director Award 2019 at Cannes Lions.
In addition to her narrative work, Aqsa also directs authentic and human commercials and branded films that live in both the documentary and fiction world.
Currently she is developing her first feature and TV series.
SXSW 2022 (Official Selection) – Away
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2022 (Official Selection) – Zafar
NAACP Image Awards 2022 (Nomination) – Disney Launchpad – American Eid
Young Director Award 2019 | Cannes Lions (Shortlist) – The Long Farewell
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – One Small Step
Palm Springs Short Film Festival 2021 (Official Selection) – American Eid
American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase – One Small Step
BAFTA Film Awards 2018 (Shortlist) – One Small Step
The Wrap’s Short Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – One Small Step
KCET Fine Cut 2018 (Winner: Narrative Film) – One Small Step
CAA Moebius Showcase 2018 – Karen