Avie Luthra

Avie Luthra
© Courtesy Giffoni FilmFest 2012
Film director, Producer, Screenwriter
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv

Avie Luthra has directed a number of award winning short films over the last ten years. He also works as a writer and won BBC's Dennis Potter Award in 2001 and Channel 4's Northern Soul Award in 2000.

Avie graduated from the NFTS Fiction Direction course in 2001, and joined the Project Development Labs Advanced Programme at the School, during which time he developed the script for his award winning film Lucky, released in 2005.

His writing credits have included an episode for the high profile BBC series, The Canterbury Tales (2003) and a BBC film, Indian Dream (2003).

In 2004 Avie Luthra was listed as a'Star of Tomorrow' by Screen International magazine and has recently directed films for Granada and the BBC. He has also just completed a feature film screenplay based on his Radio 4 play, A- (2004).

Avie graduated from the Director's Course at the National Film and Television School, UK. In 2002 he won the BBC's Dennis Potter Award for new writing. He was listed in Screen International's ‘Stars of Tomorrow' 2004. In 2006 he was nominated for a BAFTA for his short film ‘LUCKY', which was also short-listed for an Oscar in 2007. In 2009 he completed his first feature film and in 2011, he completed his second. He is also a practicing Forensic Psychiatrist.

Fiction Film Credits:
Writer / director - 25 minutes NFTS / FilmFour
Cast: Sophie Okenado, Saeed Jaffrey, Archie Punjabi, Omid Djalili *Winner of C4/Red Productions' Northern Soul script competition 2000 *Special commendation - London Film Fest TCM shorts competition 2002
*Special commendation from BFI's ImagineAsia 2002

Director of 1 x 30 minute single Granada / ITV Producer: Rebecca Hodgson Writer: Sue Pierlejewski

"The Sea Captain's Tale" Writer: 1 x 60 min adaptation BBC 1 / Cast: Om Puri, Nitin Ganatra, Indira Verma Producer: Kate Bartlett Director: John McKay
* RTS Award: Network Newcomer nominee, 2004
* EMMA award: Best Drama nominee May 2004
*International EMMY awards nominee 2004
* ‘ the best drama of the series so far' (Daily Telegraph) *'Fast-moving, engaging' (Karl French, The Independent) * ‘a smart script' (The Guardian)
* ‘Avie Luthra weaves a lush tale' (Mail on Sunday, Bonnie Greer)'Avie Luthra's updating turned Chaucer's yarn...into a dark and complex vision of life. It was beautifully acted, seductive and really rather chilling." (Paul Hoggart, The Times)

Writer: 60 minute single drama Red Production Co / BBC 2 Producer: Eleanor Greene Director: Roger Golby Cast: Chris Bisson, Nitin Ganatra, Doon Mackinnon *Winner BBC's Dennis Potter Award, 2001
*Nominee - Best TV Film - Monte Carlo TV Fest
* ‘Avie Luthra has written a finely woven tale' (The Guardian)
* ‘…..a funny, charming love story ….It is a total joy' (The Times)

A- (2004)
Writer: 60 minute radio play Radio 4 Producer/Director: Pauline Harris Cast: Pushpinder Channi, Vincent Ibrahim. * Pick of the Day - The Guardian

Writer: 60 minute documentary BBC1 December 2004. Producer/Director: Steve Condie

TORN (2005)
Director - 30 mins In association with the Asian Theatre School. BBC Writer's room/BBC3 Producer: Mel Harris
Broadcast BBC 3 March 2006

THE PROSPECT (series 1 2007 and series 2 2009)
Writer and creator: 3 of 6 episode radio series for Radio 4
Producer: Pauline Harris
*Critics choice - Independent & Time Out

Writer/director for original feature film - 90 minutes.
Producer: Bex Hopkins/ Christine Alderson
Released August 2009.
Selected Best New British Cinema Edinburgh Film Festival 2009
"Luthra possesses a contrary sensibility that makes me curious to see what he comes up with next." Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph

LUCKY (2011)
Writer/director for original feature film - 100 minutes.
Produced in South Africa.
Producer: Christopher J Wilmot, Lance Samuels
Award Winning/commended Short films:

LUCKY (2005)
Writer, director, Producer - 20 minute short Produced by ALFL/UK Film Council
42 Awards/accolades to date
*Nominated: BAFTA Best Short Film 2006
*Short-listed Oscars 2007 Best Live Action Short (last 10)
*Winner Film Council Completion Fund 2005
*Winner: Special Mention AFI Fest LA 2005
*Winner Special Mention Clermont Ferrand 2006
*Winner Highly Recommended Foyle Film Fest 2006
*Winner Best Narrative Short Cinequest San Jose 2006 (Oscar eligible)
*Winner Best Short Film (college) Nashville Film Fest 2006 (Oscar eligible)
*Winner best Short Film (student) Boulder International Film Fest 2007
*Winner Best Short Film Ourense FFest 2006
*Winner Grand Jury Prize Hollywood International Student FF 2006
*Winner Grand Jury Prize Asiana International FF, South Korea 2006
*Winner Best Short Film Bradford International FFest 2006
*Winner Best Short Film Hollyshorts 2006
*Winner Best Short Film Indie911 2006
*Winner Best Fiction Short VSM Festival LA 2007
*Winner RTVA Prize, Best African Short Cadiz 2007
*Winner Best International Short, Vues D'Africa Montreal 2007
*Winner Best Short Ismailia International FFest, Egypt 2006
*Winner Best Short Film SoCal Film Festival, California 2006
*Winner Best Short Film Sopot Film Festival, Poland 2006
*Winner Best Short Film SMTV Film Festival, India 2007
*Winner Best Short Film (Medium length) Short Film Fest, India, 2007
*Winner Best Short Film, Flickering Image Film Fest, 2007
*Winner Best Short Film (Youth Jury) Milan African/Asian/Latin FFest 2006
*Winner Best Short Film (Teen Jury) Nantucket Film Festival 2006
*Winner Best Short Film Aspen Shortsfest 2006 (Youth Jury Award)
*Winner Best Short Film (audience award), Indian Film Festival of LA 2006
*Winner Best Short Film: Francisco Garcia De Paso Award, Huesca 2006
*Winner Best Short Film (youth jury award), Naoussa Film Festival 2006
*Winner Best Acted Film, Short Film Festival of India 2007
*Winner Best Foreign Film Hollyshorts 2006
*Winner Best Foreign Short California Independent Film Fest 2006
*Winner: Mole Richardson Design Award, Angelus Awards, LA 2006
*Winner 2nd Best Short Film Naoussa Film Festival 2006
*Winner 2nd Best Narrative Short Athens Ohio Film Fest 2006
*Winner Platinum REMI award Houston WorldFest 2006
*Winner SENSIS award Honorable Mention Milan AAL FFest 2006
*Winner ISMU Special Mention Milan AAL FFest 2006
*Winner Honorable Mention IndieProducer Awards, LA 2006
*Winner Honorable mention for Best performance by a child Aspen 2006
*Winner: Special Mention, Arcipelago Film Festival, Rome 2006
*Winner Special mention for performance, Ourense Film Fest 2006
*Winner: Liv Ullman Peace Prize, Chicago Intern'l Children's FFest 2006
Screened/accepted at over 120 festivals to date including American Film Institute Festival Los Angeles, Brief Encounters, Clermont Ferrand, The Berlin International Film Festival, Cinequest SanJose, Aspen short fest, San Francisco International, Milan International, Phoenix, Nashville, Newport Beach, Cracow, Melbourne, Huesca, Canadian Worldwide, Palm Springs, LA Shortsfest, Atlanta, Durban, Rhode Island, Zanzibar Cape Town and many others.

BABY (2002)
Director - 16mm. 12 mins NFTS Graduation film *Winner of Royal TV Society Award, Best Student Fiction Film 2002

writer/producer/director - 16 mm, 14 minutes * Finalist award, New York Expo

writer/producer/director 16 mm, 10 minutes
*Winner of Best Independent Film, British Short Film Festival 1995
FAMILY BUSINESS (1994) writer/director - 16 mm, 10 minutes *Selected in Best of British Shorts, British Short Film Festival 1994

writer/producer/director - 8 mm, 25 minutes
*Winner of Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival Award - Most popular short film 1993



Avie Luthra, di origini indiane, è nato a Rochdale, Inghilterra. Nel 2002 si diploma in Regia alla National Film and Television School, in Gran Bretagna. Nel 2003 scrive un episodio della serie tv CANTERBURY TALES, e un film per la tv, INDIAN DREAM. Nel 2005 realizza il cortometraggio LUCKY, presentato in concorso al GFF 2006 (sezione "Liberi di Volare/Free to Fly") e candidato ai premi BAFTA 2006. Nel 2009 dirige il suo primo lungometraggio, MAD, SAD AND BAD. Il suo secondo lungometraggio da regista, LUCKY, si basa sul suo cortometraggio omonimo. Avie Luthra è anche uno psichiatra forense.



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