Amit Dutta

Research Project: 
The Creative Process - Aesthetics in Movement
Duration of Fellowship: 
Jul 2015 to Jul 2017

Amit Dutta (b.1977) graduated in film direction from the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in 2004. He has taught at the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad and FTII, Pune. His films mostly deal with art history, ethnography and story-telling traditions of India. 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) and four National Awards ; (best audiography, cinematography and special jury awards - from the President of India) among many. In 2007, his short film 'Kramasha' became one of the entries to Jonathan Rosenbaum's list of all-time favorite films in the Afterword of the second edition of his collection 'Essential Cinema'. His first feature film 'The Man's Woman and Other Stories' premiered at the 66th Venice Film festival where it won the Jury's special mention prize. In 2013 he was awarded the 'Dogra Ratan' for his work in Cinema. His second feature film Nainsukh also premiered at the 67th Venice film festival and then traveled to Rotterdam, San Francisco (where it was presented as a World Cinema Spotlight film), Belfort- France, Beijing Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art, NewYork (MoMA) among many. The ‘Film Comment’ magazine had rated Nainsukh as one of the top ten films of the 67th Venice film festival. A retrospective/profile of his work was held at the Oberhausen film festival (Germany) in 2010. In 2014 Lalit Kala Academy organized a three-day retrospective of his films. In 2012 his feature film project was awarded the Hubert Bal's script development fund. In 2013 he was invited by the Venice Film Festival to make a short film for its 70th anniversary on the theme of the 'Future of Cinema'. His recent film 'The Seventh Walk' was the closing film of the Cinema XXI section of the Rome Film festival and was termed as one of the top ten films of the festival by the 'Film Comment'. He has taught at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune. In March 2015, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the 37th edition of Cinéma du Réel conducted a major retrospective of 14 of his features and short-films, curated by eminent curator and film-critic Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller entitled “Amit Dutta: Through the Looking Glass,” [55] followed by a round table conference dedicated to discussing his work where using excerpts from Amit Dutta’s films, the participants went through the different stages of his filmography and artistic path. His first novel in Hindi was published in 2016.  He was awarded the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for outstanding contribution to Experimental Hindi Literature.