About


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

Aqsa was recently selected as one of the filmmakers to participate in the 2018 Werner Herzog Filmmaking Workshop in the Peruvian jungle organized by The Black Factory Cinema. She's worked for production companies like PLAN B, THE KENNEDY/MARSHALL COMPANY,  ANNAPURNA PICTURES and MANDALAY ENTERTAINMENT as well as wrote, directed, and produced many short films. 

She is currently developing her first feature film. 

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AWARDS

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

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Moebius Showcase 2018 (Official Selection) - KAREN 

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) - 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

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

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

Bueu International Short Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection) - ONE SMALL STEP 

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

Jefferson State FLIXX FEST 2018 (Official Selection) - ONE SMALL STEP

Sun Valley Film Festival 2017 (Official Selection) - KAREN

Sylhet Film Festival 2017 (Official Selection) - KAREN

Pentedattilo Film Festival 2017 (Official Selection) - KAREN

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