Ashim Ahluwalia, 2012
|Occupation||Film director, producer & screenwriter|
|Awards||Indian National Film Award
2007 – Best Non-Fiction Film, John & Jane
Ashim Ahluwalia (born 1972 in Mumbai, India) is a film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with the feature-length documentary John & Jane (2005), which had a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and a European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won him the 2005 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director. This was followed by his first narrative feature film Miss Lovely, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. which won him India's National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature film), and Best Production Design at the 61st National Film Awards.
Working outside the mainstream Bollywood film system, Ashim Ahluwalia is one of a new generation of Indian directors which prefers to eschew working with Hindi film stars. His unconventional films blur the lines between documentary and fiction. His short films have shown at the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou and at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Ahluwalia began his film career with a series of experimental films made between 1993–2002. His first short, The Dust (1993), was made by reworking home movies shot by his grandfather in the 1950s.
He formed an independent production company, Future East, in 2005, providing an infrastructure for him to work outside mainstream film channels.
In May 2013, he received the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, his alma mater. The award is "given in recognition of a significant contribution to artistic or literary heritage."
Short films and installations
- The Dust (1993)
- A Short Season (1995)
- Thin Air (1999)
- Development Plan (2007) with artist Neha Choksi and Architect Kapil Gupta (Installation for 10th Venice Architecture Biennale)
- Events In A Cloud Chamber (2016)
- "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
- "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Indian movie Miss Lovely at Cannes film fest". Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2012.[dead link]
- "61st National Film Awards Announced: Live Update". Zee News. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- The Filter
- DNA – 'I don't need SRK to make a Hindi movie
- Tate Modern Film
- DNA – Salon – 'Mumbai uses space cunningly' – Daily News & Analysis
- 12 October 2005 "Scratch Projection 'Experimenta India'". Les Voutes.
- San Francisco Film Society Artists-in-Residence Spring-2013-Ashim-Ahluwalia
- Bard College Alma Mater
- "Bard College". Bard College. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Rome-Film-Festival CinemaXXI 2013
- Phaidon 10 best new filmmakers
- Koehler, Robert. (13 October 2005), "John & Jane". Variety
- Stone, Susan (9 March 2006), "Indian by Day, American by Night". Der Spiegel.
- Pasolini, Antonio. "Dispatch: The Osnabrück Media Art Festival, Germany, 10–14 May 2006". kamera.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2011
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