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Director Biography – Partho Gupte (SHINE & SHADE)

Partho Gupte is an 19-year film student, currently in his junior year.

He was awarded the inaugural Laszlo Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Friday Harbor Film Festival, San Juan.

His short, Shine & Shade is the recipient of the Scout Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmakers grant, instituted by the Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World. The film is a portrayal of loneliness and isolation of the aged in Mumbai.

He began his journey in cinema as a child actor in the film ‘Stanley’s Lunch Box’(2011), winning several awards including Best Child Actor, Schlingel International Film Festival and the National Award (the highest honor accorded by the Government of India for artistic merit).

He followed this up with ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ or ‘Counting Dreams’ (2014), a film about Arjun, a dead cotton farmer’s son and his dream to become a roller-skater; the film also traveling to several international children’s film festivals including Giffoni, Italy and Schlingel, Germany. 

His experiment with filmmaking began with ‘Pigeonhood’(2016) that traveled to several festivals, winning awards and recognition including Best Documentary, Boulder International Film Festival, Colorado, Honourable Mention, Zoom International Film Festival, Slovenia and Wellington Film Festival besides being screened at Woodstock, Friday Harbor, and several others.

Jasmine Stung (2017),  his second film was also well-received, winning Best High School Film at Film Now, Best Student Film, San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and Irvine International Film Festival and Best Short Short, Glendale International Film Festival.

Shine & Shade is his third short.

IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4428422/

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