Arthouse Asia Film Festival



Arthouse Asia Film Festival is South Asia’s only industry focus boutique film festival. Over the last five years, Arthouse Asia has worked hard to create an equity for its small boutique festival in Kolkata along with “KoPro”, a vibrant industry platform, which strives to foster more co-productions between the Indian subcontinent, i.e., South Asia and the rest of the world. This journey began as a small initiative but  dreamt of changing the landscape of cinema in the Indian subcontinent.

Our goal is to cultivate a dedicated viewership of young audiences that will support, inspire and breathe fresh life into arthouse cinema. An integral part of this process is also to empower and upskill aspiring filmmakers to overcome all adversities and chart a new path in world cinema. Arthouse Asia is not limited to curating this festival but pursues its commitment to cinema through activities and collaborations throughout the year spread across the Indian subcontinent. Kolkata, the home of A2FF, bears the legacy and continues in the glorious tradition of some of the greatest thinkers, philosophers and artists in history. Through A2FF, we seek to freshly connect Kolkata to the world in the hope of fostering a sensibility that is becoming of the 21st century.

Event date

21.02.2021 ⟶ 28.02.2021

Best Fiction Feature
Best Fiction Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation
Best VR
Best Video Art international

Event Address (map)
D-68 Sammilani Park
P.O. Santoshpur
West Bengal


Shapath Das

(Festival Director)

Shapath is a cultural entrepreneur and programmer. He is a post-graduate from DFFB, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, in Berlin. In 2019 he was invited to join a panel discussion regarding “International Co-Production” by CNC, during the Cannes Film Festival. He is a Locarno Pro Fellow and has been part of the IFFR Academy as well. He has worked for the European Film Market to develop a workshop, “Challenging Distribution”, as a part of the EFM Horizon. He also served as a jury member at the 18th Węgiel Film Festival in Poland. Shapath is also a Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award winning producer (at Kolkata International Film Festival for short film DUSK).