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Asmita is a Nepali filmmaker working in fiction and documentary. Her short documentary Auntie Ganga a portrait of an elderly Gurkha couple living in Britain has played in 15 festivals around the world including in Britain and Nepal. It was selected by the British Council to play on National Old Age Day, and won an award from Human Rights Watch Film festival in London. The film has circuited in various film festivals and galleries including Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. As a fiction filmmaker she co-directed Chandra, the moving story of the journey of a boy and his grandfather through a devastated Kathmandu. The film was funded by Chinese giants Youku Originals and Heyi Pictures for 20th Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Masters and Newcomers Project, and has already been nominated for a number of festivals including Locarno Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, London Shorts Film Festival, Dhaka International Film festival, FLICKERS Rhode Island Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festivals. Asmita completed her Computer engineering degree from Kathmandu University and pursue her creative career by doing MA in Visual arts and Animation from the University of Gloucestershire, took a certificate in documentary from the National Film and Television School, and was one of 8 directing fellows in Asian Film Academy 2014 nurtured by auteur Béla TarrLocked Pro Plan feature
Dhaulagiri Films was founded by Writer/Director Asmita Shrish in 2013 where she collaborates with like-minded artists from around the world.
Short film 'Chandra' get special mention for the Best International short film in Dhaka International Film Festival
South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors. Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand, Im Sang-soo from Korea, Naomi Kawase from Japan, and Wang Xiaoshuai from China each made a short film and mentor a newcomer who also be made a short of their own. The project will result in eight short films funded by Youku that will world premiere in Busan this October, and one winning newcomer got the feature film support from the major Chinese video hosting website. Busan film fest programmers along with the four participating masters voted on the shorts to decide which one of the four newcomers should win. BIFF selected three newcomers and Youku selected one. They are: 2009 Asian Film Academy (AFA) alumnus Phuttiphong Aroonpheng from Thailand, 2014 AFA alumnus Asimta Shrish from Nepal, Lee Han Jong from Korea - who had Working Day in BIFF’s 2014 Korean shorts competition, and Cheng Liang from China.
Student film Auntie Ganga was screened as the winner of Human Rights Watch Film festival in Ritzy cinema