Ashish Dawar was born in northern India & was raised in remote & picturesque parts of southern India. His interest in art, story-telling & technology lead him to shooting and producing a variety of content in India. His initial background with shooting documentary content shaped his layered approach towards story & narration.
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 Silver Audience Choice Award. At the Sedona International Film Festival 2017, it won a double – Best Foreign Film & Humanitarian Award. At the Conorado Island Film Festival 2017, it won the Best Screenwriting Award. Subsequently, he had the opportunity to shoot a language feature, KANDATHAI SOLLUGIREN (2015) & a documentary feature JHATKA (2014) for National Award winning director, B.Lenin.
After working on features, documentaries and commercial content for 5 years, He moved to Los Angeles. 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 workflow’s & stop-motion technology.
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