AQSA ALTAF

Biography

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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.

 

AWARDS

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  

 

PRESS 

SXSW 2022 Lineup 

NAACP Image Awards Nominations | Outstanding Short Form Series 

Disney Launchpad Debuts Heartwarming Trailer for Six New Short Films Coming to Disney Plus

Disney Launchpad Unveils Directors for Inaugural Shorts Incubator Program  

American Pavillion to Celebrate Diversity at Cannes with Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 

BAFTA Announces Shortlist for Student Film Awards 

Finalists Announced for 2018 Shortlist Film Festival 

KCET’s 19th Annual Fine Cut Festival Announces Winner