AQSA ALTAF

Biography

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Los Angeles based filmmaker Aqsa Altaf loves to capture moments that feel like they are stolen from everyday life with a cinematic edge. Being raised in Kuwait by Pakistani and Sri Lankan parents, Aqsa is fascinated with telling stories that are diverse in nature and reflect on subject matters that are universal. She loves to dig for stories, characters, and circumstances that show the audience a part of the world and a side of human nature that usually doesn’t get much attention. 

Aqsa graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in December 2017. Aqsa was recently selected as one of the filmmakers to participate in the 2018 Werner Herzog Filmmaking Workshop in the Peruvian jungle where she made a film under Werner Herzog’s mentorship.  

Her short film ONE SMALL STEP has won many awards and will be playing at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.  

She has interned for production companies like PLAN B, THE KENNEDY/MARSHALL COMPANY,  ANNAPURNA PICTURES and worked as an assistant for Jason Michael Berman at MANDALAY ENTERTAINMENT.  

She is currently developing her first feature film.  

 

AWARDS

BAFTA Student Film Awards 2018 (Shortlist) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Moebius Showcase 2018 – KAREN 

American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 2019 – ONE SMALL STEP

KCET Fine Cut 2018 (Winner: Narrative Film) – ONE SMALL STEP  

USC School of Cinematic Arts – First Look Film Festival 2018 (Winner: Outstanding Achievement in Directing) – ONE SMALL STEP 

The Short List | The Wrap’s Short Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Short of the Year | Spring 2019 (Special Jury Mention) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2018 (Best US Narrative Short) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Et Cultura Film Festival 2018 (Winner: Best Student Drama) - ONE SMALL STEP 

Bluestocking Film Series 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP  

Sun Valley Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Annapolis Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Quebec City Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP  

Sunscreen Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Pune International Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP 

Lago Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) – ONE SMALL STEP

Sun Valley Film Festival 2017 (Official Selection) – KAREN

Bath Film Festival IMDb New Filmmaker Awards 2016 (Shortlisted) – KAREN 

 

PRESS 

American Pavilion To Celebrate Diversity At Cannes With Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 

BAFTA Announces Shortlist for Student Film Awards 

KCET’s 19th Annual Fine Cut Festival of Films Announces Winners and Awards Trips to 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Finalists Announced for 2018 ShortList Film Festival

Finalists Announced for 19th Annual FINE CUT Festival of Films Premiering on KCET Sept. 26 Showcasing Exemplary Short Films From Southern California Student Filmmakers