Ashish Dawar is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. His interest in art, story-telling & technology lead him to move away from a business background, towards shooting & producing a variety of content. Initially, documentaries shaped his layered approach to story & narration. Eventually, he moved to scripted content. He loves photographing faces & metal; he particularly enjoys creating commercial beauty & jewellery content.
The first narrative feature he shot, UNDER THE SAME SUN (2011), had a world premier at the Mill Valley Film Festival 2015 in San Francisco & won the Audience Choice Award, Silver. At the Sedona International Film Festival 2017, it won a double – Best Foreign Film & Best Humanitarian Film Award. At the Conorado Island Film Festival 2017, it won the The Dale St. Denis Best Woman Filmmaker Award. Subsequently, Ashish had the opportunity to shoot a language feature, KANDATHAI SOLLUGIREN (2015) & a documentary feature JHATKA (2014) for National Award winning director, B. Lenin. Recently he lensed a short narrative GOLD FORTUNE, that won the Best Film at the New Era Festival, Beijing & continues it’s festival run.
He holds an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory(AFI). He is trained to shoot on film & is an early adopter of digital technology with advanced digital workflows.
Traveling, observing & being curious; He aspires to lens stories that Entertain & Inspire.
For ‘Gold Fortune’ (Narrative Short)
★ Best Film
New Era Film Festival 2017, Beijing
For ‘Under the Same Sun’ (Feature Film)
★ Best Foreign Language Film, Audience choice – Gold
Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) 2017, Sedona
★ Best Narrative Feature Audience choice – Silver
Mill valley Film Festival (MVFF) 2016, San Fransisco
★ Best Humanitarian Film, Director’s choice
Sedona International Film Festival 2017 (SIFF), Sedona
★ Best Screenwriter Award, Jury Pick
Coronado Island Film Festival(CIFF) 2017, San Diego
For ‘Crab Catchers’ (Documentary Short)
★ Special Jury mention & Official Selection
Dada Sahib Phalke Film Festival 2014, New Delhi
★ Official Selection
Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2014, Mumbai