Akash Sharma is an independent film director and editor based in Kolkata, India. He has studied filmmaking (MFA) in the Sarajevo Film Academy's film.factory program under the mentorship of Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr and German maestro Fred Kelemen. He has been tutored by the likes of Lav Diaz, Zeki Demirkubuz, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jacques Ranciere, Abel Ferrara, Cristian Mungiu and Atom Egoyan. Akash also worked as 1st assistant director in India with filmmaker Aditya Vikram Sengupta (on his second feature film, ‘Jonaki’), who won the best debut film award in Venice Days 2014 for his film 'Labor of Love'.
Akash’s first short film, 'The Mute Call' (2015), travelled to various national and international festivals including the South African International Film Festival (Rapid Lion), Sanford International Film Festival (US), InShorts Film Festival (UK), Goa Short Film Festival, International Film Festival of South Asia (Canada) and Kolkata Short Film Festival (Best Film).
His second short film, 'Wedding Preparations in the Country' (2017), produced in Bosnia, was in competition at the International and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK 2017), SiGNS Film Festival Kochi, Kalpanirjhar Film Festival (Kolkata), Viva Film Festival (Bosnia), Jahorina Film Festival (Bosnia), Tuzla Film Festival (Bosnia), Slow Film Festival (London, UK) and Kolkata Short Film Festival (Best Film). The film was picked up by Gonella Productions (France) for worldwide distribution.
Akash’s third short film, ‘The Fall’ (2018), also produced in Bosnia, had its world premiere in the Sarajevo Film Festival 2018, and was also selected to compete in short fiction section in the Laceno D’Oro Film Festival in Italy in 2018.
Akash has also been a visiting/guest faculty in Chandigarh University’s film studies and filmmaking departments. He has been covered by ‘The Times of India’ Pune edition (India's best-selling newspaper) as one of the most promising young filmmakers in the country in 2014. He has also been covered by the best magazine for independent filmmaking in India, ‘Film India Worldwide’ run by Ms.Uma DCunha. His films ‘Wedding Preparations in the Country’ and ‘The Fall’ were featured in the magazine in the March- April and July-August issue of 2018. He has also been featured on regional TV channel, Mon TV, which showcased his film, The Mute Call, followed by an interview/ Q & A on regional television.
Akash graduated in Media & Communication (Audio-Visual Specialization) in 2014 from Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (UG), Pune, India. He now works and runs an independent film production house, Great Indian Noise Pictures, in Kolkata. He is currently in the final stages of post-production of his first full-length feature film, Atma-Manthan (Soul-Churning) shot in Calcutta/Kolkata, India.