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Amit Dutta

Gender: male

About the Author

Amit Dutta graduated in film direction from the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in 2004. He has a distinguished body of films to his credit that engage with art, art history and alternative possibilities of the cinematic medium, notably Kramasha, The Man’s Woman and Other Stories, Nainsukh, The Seventh Walk, Chitrashala, Gita Govinda, Ramkhind and The Unknown Craftsman among others. His films are regularly screened at major international film festivals and art museums including MoMA (New York), MET (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), The Academy of Arts (Berlin), Venice Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Viennale and International Film Festival of India. Dedicated retrospectives of his works are held at many places including the Centre de Pompidou, Paris, Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, LAC Museum in Lugano, Switzerland and IFFK Kerala. His films have won several awards which include FIPRESCI (International Film Critic’s Award) at the Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany, Gold Mikaldi at Bilbao (Spain), Golden Conch and Best Film of the Festival Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), John Abraham National Award (Federation of Film Societies of India, Keralam), the Jury’s Special Mention Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival and four National Awards (Rajat Kamal). In 2013 he was awarded the ‘Dogra Ratan’ for his work in Cinema. His debut novel in Hindi Kaaljayi Kambakht won the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to experimental fiction in 2016. The Hindi translation of his book Many Questions to Myself — Notebook of an Indian Film Student was published in 2017. He has taught at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. In 2015, he joined the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla as a Tagore fellow.

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