Ashish Dawar grew up in various parts of India. Through his travels within a diverse landscape of cultures & people, he developed a fascination for story in imagery. He began to document them with his uncle’s 35mm Olympus still camera. Initially, photography & making documentary films shaped his layered approach to story & narration. How do you tactile the intangible? the unseen? the smells? a rhythm? a complex emotion? What is the relationship between matter and energy? He began seeking answers and still is.
Gradually he moved to scripted content/ narrative work. Over last 8 years he has shot full length features, shorts, music videos, commercials, promos, multi-cam live events, web. He holds a MFA (cinematography) from AFI (American Film Institute) & currently he is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles.
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 & Amsterdam IFF. It has received nominations and official selections at several festivals including oscar qualifying LAshortsfest.
He is trained to shoot on film & is an early adopter of digital technology with advanced digital workflows. Traveling, observing & being curious; he is in a constant forage to lens stories that Entertain & Inspire.
‘Under the Same Sun’ (FF) | Dir: Mitra Sen
Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) 2017, Sedona
Mill valley Film Festival (MVFF) 2016, San Fransisco
Sedona International Film Festival 2017 (SIFF), Sedona
Coronado Island Film Festival(CIFF) 2017, San Diego
PTFF Port Townsend film festival, Port Townsend, WA, 2107
★ Official Selection
25th Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, 2016
St. Louis international Film Festival, St. Louis, 2017
Global Peace Film Festival, Florida 2016
‘Gold Fortune’ (Short) | Dir: Rhyme Lu
★ Best Film
New Era Film Festival 2017, Beijing
Amsterdam International Film Festival 2017, Amsterdam
Riverside International Film Festival 2017, Riverside, USA
★ Official Selection
Edmonton International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada, 2018