Akshaya Sawant is a multimedia artist from Mumbai, India with a passion for bringing real stories to the forefront of the reel world; with a focus on the human experience knitted in the web of gender, culture and traditions.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a major in painting. Riding the popular trend of digital photography during her undergraduate years, her brother gifted her, her first DSLR camera to explore new avenues of art; at least that’s what she told him. However, it was when she created a stop motion animation film, Out Of Boredom, that she truly discovered her voice through the lens.
She is a Dean's Fellow and received her MFA from Emerson College, Boston in May 2019. She has interned for the internationally acclaimed film Ship Of Theseus, WGBH and HubSpot Academy, a worldwide leader in inbound marketing. Her first feature documentary Talking To The Wind has received The Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund (2017 & 2018) and was a semifinalist at the prestigious Gucci Tribeca Documentary Film Fund 2018. She is an active member of International Documentary Association, Women In Media, SFFILM and The D-Word.