About Anshul Sinha
Film-maker Anshul Sinha, the recipient of ‘Pride of Telangana' title, winner of 120 National & International awards, 55 8 International Nominations, and 4 times TEDx speaker, is all about the art of storytelling through visual media.
While studying Mass Communication from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, he made 15 documentary films in different genres and after completing his MBA from Osmania University, he won a scholarship from Annapurna International school of film media as an award in First Cut national level film festival in 2012 and completed a course on Fundamentals of Filmmaking from Annapurna Studios. He initiated his filmmaking career by participating in many film festivals where his debut film “My Chocolate Cover” (2012) received 21 awards in different film festivals.
His 2nd film ‘Lapet’ received 25 awards and in 2013, he received his first international award for the short film Lapet from ‘MY HERO International Film Festival, Los Angeles.
In parallel, he was selected as a program producer on HMTV news channel where his job was to shoot short films and documentaries. While working at the channel, he shot a documentary film called “The Unseen Disaster’' which was a 20-minute film on bio-medical waste in Hyderabad. 3 months of hardcore research followed, which received a lot of appreciation. The documentary film was telecasted live on the channel on prime time and the film also got a response from the health minister regarding the issue. He did 5 short films for the HMTV news channel. “The Unseen Disaster’’ received a lot of appreciation from the film festivals where it received 14 international nominations and 11 awards. He also wrote a short fictional story that was inspired by the Dilsukhnagar bomb blast.
Road of Spero 2013
In 2013, he got his first opportunity to do a short feature film where he collaborated with Last Mile Solution (a skill development training group) and he did a 40-minute film called ‘Road of Spero’ which took almost 5 months of vehement research. There were 45 roadshow screenings done of ‘Road of Spero’ in Hyderabad, and the Telangana Government took this film as a part of their TASK initiative program for the skill development training and started screening this film all across Telangana. A total of 60 screenings were done.
Gateway to Heaven 2015
He then came to know about the Satyaharishchandra foundation which does the last rites of unknown and unclaimed dead bodies where they have completed the last rites of 12000 dead bodies. Hearing about the person behind this foundation, he found out more, and as a filmmaker, Sinha decided to make a film on it. After 1 year of research in 2014, he took up a night shift job in HSBC and utilized the money to make film ‘Gateway to Heaven’. He completed the film in 2015. It was during this time he got selected for TEDx Hyderabad where he gave his first international talk.
In 2015 there were 35 roadshow screenings conducted for ‘Gateway to Heaven’ and the film received 11 international nominations. In the UK it won 3rd prize among 65 countries. The film also received an official selection at the Ischia film festival in Italy where the film was screened as one of the top 4 films among the 85 countries. Anshul was invited by the film festival as a special guest to attend the festival. In the same year, he left his corporate job and became a producer in Raasta Film Studios where he shot corporate films and documentaries and was an assistant director for 3 advertising films.
Blind Image 2016
In parallel with ‘Gateway to Heaven’ in 2015, and in the following year, he also made short films like ‘Blind Image’ which received 7 awards, ‘Andhra/Telangana’ which received 2 awards, ‘Lapet 2’ which received 9 international awards and ‘Lapet 3’ which received 2 international awards.
Mitti: Back to Roots 2017
Collaborating on his first feature film ‘Mitti: Back to Roots’ with G V Ramanjaneyulu (Founder of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture). Anshul conducted 8 months of research in 2016 and by the end of September 2016, the final draft of the film was ready. In 2017 ‘Mitti: Back to the Roots’ was shot and it was completed by the end of the same year. 175 individuals and many NGOs collaborated to produce the movie. By this time, Anshul had received over 100 awards.
In 2018, there were 85 shows conducted for ‘Mitti: Back to Roots’. Anshul was then awarded ‘Pride of Telangana’ from the Round Table Conference Group and was also nominated for two more TEDx talks. But 2018 was the year where he laid more emphasis on shooting 1 minute short films. His first 1-minute film ‘Waterman' was shot in the month of January. ‘Waterman' received 21 international nominations; state-level awards, and was among the top 4 films in Belgrade.
Having made his name in India, Sinha visited Belgrade and represented India on an international level while he also received the second prize in California. ‘Waterman' was selected to be part of the Mexican film festival. In September 2018, Mitti had been screened at 85 shows in India and 25 shows across the USA, and then 1 show in Germany and 2 shows in Greece. By the end of the year 2018, Sinha completed 6 one minute films: (B)Rain, The Silent Voice, Verge, Mommy says so, Fear of Fall, Waterman. And by the end of the year, he had participated in more than 800 film festivals. Waterman will be screened in 25 different countries. And Anshul is further invited in 2019 to Croatia and Bosnia to present his films.
Storytelling Style in One Minute Films
In many of his short films like ‘(B)Rain’, he used the concept of indirect communication which is unusual and mesmerizing and keeps the audience keen in anticipation. By creating 60 seconds and 30 seconds of films that can be released on Instagram and all other social networks more exposure is possible. Anshul's film making style lays emphasis on the storytelling concept so that the audience can relate to the main idea of the film at a personal level. This remains true in all forms of films.
Storytelling through film, he feels, can portray a vision in a manner like no other medium.
In Oct 2018, Anshul founded his own firm, his brainchild ‘MacGuffin Frames’. MacGuffin Frames. In its first three months, MacGuffin Frames collaborated with Gleneagles Hospitals, CSA, and Activa, and completed 45 films. His skill set is proficient and out of the ordinary, which will help make a story out of your vision. In the grand scheme of things, if you have a vision or an idea, Anshul Sinha’s skill set will portray your thoughts in an eccentric manner. You can find out more about MacGuffin Frames by visiting the website.
Anshul has been invited as a speaker in 12 different places in India, his 4th TEDx talk is in March 2019 USA. For information on where you can next see him speak send an email or check for Instagram updates.