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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.



AWARD

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 (Official Selection) - KAREN 

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



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