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Directed by Avie Luthra

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Avie Luthra Filmography

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  - 95 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 perfomance, 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

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

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