Outstanding Achievement in Cinema


Kunal Nayyar

Born in 1973, Asif Kapadia is a British born filmmaker. Kapadia has a first-class degree (BA Hons) in Film, TV and Photographic Arts as well as a MA (RCA) in Directing for Film and TV at the Royal College of Art. Kapadia is married to Victoria Harwood a fellow director and writer and they have one child together. He won a BAFTA for Best Documentary for Senna, as well as World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival amongst countless others. In 2015 his film Amy, which as well as being the highest grossing documentary of all time in the UK, netted him an Academy Award in 2016 alongside a BAFTA for Best Documentary and Best Music Film at the Grammys. Amy was assembled from 100 interviews and incorporated over 20 months of editing which took 3 years in total. Kapadia's next film is Ali and Nino and adaptation of the novel by Kurban Said. Kapadia is to also direct a feature documentary about soccer player Diego Maradona. Kapadia will have access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona's personal archive.

Praise for Asif Kapadia

"I've been captivated by the story of 'Silver Ghost' ever since Lord Richard Attenborough came to me with the project, and I'm thrilled that we're going to be seeing it through.It's a project that requires a great and innovative storyteller, and that's exactly what we have with Asif Kapadia." - Martin Scorsese on working with Kapadia on Silver Ghost.


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