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Aqsa Altaf
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Television / Film
Personal Career Headline:
Filmmaker, VR creator & Founder, U-Ma Studios VR

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Career Snapshot:

Los Angeles based filmmaker Aqsa Altaf loves to capture moments that feel like they are stolen from everyday life. Being raised in Kuwait by Pakistani and Sri Lankan parents, Aqsa is fascinated with telling stories that are diverse in nature. She loves to dig for stories, characters, and circumstances that show the audience the part of the world that usually doesn’t get much attention. Aqsa was recently selected as one of the filmmakers to participate in the 2018 Werner Herzog Filmmaking Workshop in the Peruvian jungle organized by The Black Factory Cinema.

Her short film ONE SMALL STEP has won many awards and will be playing at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2019. She’s interned for production companies like PLAN B, THE KENNEDY/MARSHALL COMPANY,  ANNAPURNA PICTURES and worked as an assistant for Jason Michael Berman at MANDALAY ENTERTAINMENT. She has wrote, directed, and produced many short films. She is currently developing her first feature film.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

To make progress on the feature I am writing and work on the mood board for my short film.

My Thought of the Day:

Be a little better than yesterday.

My Action of the Day:

Make good Matcha Latte at home.

My Deed of the Day:

Be positive.

My Tip of the Day:

Morning Pages!

My Pic of the Day:
Tell Us More:

I love the weather in Los Angeles. Everyday is a beautiful day filled with positive energy. It allows me to be productive and helps with taking nice walks in between long creative sessions.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Homemade egg and toast with green olives.

Not a big breakfast person in general so going out for breakfast doesn’t excite me as much.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up for work

10:00 AM – If not working for someone else, I am working for myself.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?


7:00 PM –  Like to watch a film.

11:00 PM – Reading to wind down before going to bed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Try to avoid spending money on drinks everyday but love my matcha latte when I get it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Letterboxd! And favorite Instagram account is Somewheremagazine!

 What should everyone try at least once?

Traveling alone.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?


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