INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR
SAADHVISH FILMS’ AASTHA VERMA NAMED AS INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR
Verma landed the award for her role as a key regional storyteller
Based in Los Angeles Aastha Verma is a seasoned Director and Producer with roots from India and the Middle East. Because of her multi- cultural background, she surrounds herself with stories that are built on ground reality and is a keen storyteller focused on female protagonists.
Her vision is to bring out hidden realities of any given society, to tell stories which are entertaining yet heartfelt and produce films that the viewers can enjoy as well as learn from.
Verma directed and produced an Independent short film on women
empowerment titled, ‘ The Last Rights’, which covered a vital social issue.
The film depicts a young Indian woman who challenges her society’s patriarchal traditions to give her deceased grandmother her last rights.
The film was wellreceived by audiences worldwide and acclaimed 15 awards in several prestigious international film festivals.