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Calcutta Taxi Press Kit

Director, Producer and Writer Vikram Dasgupta

Director’s Biography: Vikram Dasgupta was born in New Delhi, India in 1977 into a family of artists and musicians. After finishing his high school in New Delhi, he got accepted into one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges of it’s kind-The Government College of Arts, Calcutta (est.1864). He graduated from his five year Fine Arts Degree with honors scholarship and was awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design. While still in Art School he made a short docudrama ‘inSANITY’ about a homeless artist on the streets of Calcutta. Submitting this short film as a portfolio enabled him to get accepted into The Advanced Film and Television program at Sheridan College, Canada in 2001. He has been living in Canada ever since and has been working in Film and TV at various creative capacities, including having worked for Indian musical genius AR Rahman of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame on multiple occasions.

Director’s Filmography (Short Films/Commercials):

*Calcutta Taxi (2012)Recipient of the Best Drama 2013, OSCAR QUALIFIER Aspen Short Film Festival, USA

Recipient of the Directorial Discovery Award, Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA (World Premier August 9th 2012)

Recipient of the Best Narrative Short, Roving Eye International Film Festival, USA

Recipient of the Best Short Film (Audience Choice), Florence River to River Film Festival, Italy

Recipient of the Best of the Fest (Runner up), Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska

Recipient of three BRAVO! Fact Awards Short Series (Screenplay) Recipient of the Filmmaker’s Assistant Program,

National Film Board, Canada

The Bee (2010) 1 Minute Short Film

Winner of Best Environmental Film (Earth Day Canada)Honorable Mention by Deepa Mehta (Toronto Urban Film Festival)

Coca Cola Classic (2010) CommercialOfficial Runner up at the Cannes Lions 2010 Contest

Nokia – Connecting People (2010) Commercial

Official Short-listed Entry at the Cannes Lions 2010 Contest

KM Music Conservatory/AR RAHMAN (2009) Documentary

*As Creative Director/Designer (Network Television):

Pan Am Games (Toronto 2015) Launch Video Director/Creative Director

Re-Brand Breakfast Television ‘BT’ (ROGERS) Creative Director

City News Channel (ROGERS) Creative Director for Network Branding

Leave it to Bryan HGTV Director (Opening Segment)

House of Bryan HGTV Director (Opening Segment)

Risky Business (SLICE Network) Director (Opening Segment)

Rogers Sportsnet (ROGERS) Creative Director for Network Branding

Pure Design (HGTV/Alliance Communications) Creative Director

City TV (CityNews/CP24) Senior Designer (Branding and Broadcast Design)

MTV Canada (CTV) Concept, Design & Animation (MTV Live)

Canadian Comedy Awards (CTV) Creative Director (2010, 2008, 2007)

Designer Guys (HGTV/Alliance Communications) Creative Director

Devine Design (HGTV/Alliance Communications) Creative Director

WWE (Wrestle Mania) Motion Graphics and Design (Intros, Openings)

Style Dept’ (HGTV/Alliance Communications) Designer

SBG Toronto Motion Graphics for Apprentice and CSI Miami

Summerhill Ent.(TVO) Designer (Canadian Geographic KIDS Season 4/5)

Popcultured(CTV) Design, Motion Graphics and Branding

The Doodlebops (CBC (Motion Graphics Broadcast Designer)

CBC KIDS Graphic Designer & Visual Effects Artist

Bell Sympatico Graphics & Compositing

Chatelaine Magazine (Commercial) Compositing and Animation

Frame Flow (USA) Design and Animation

Silver Reel (Canada) Design & Motion Graphics

Maadhyam Advertising (KLM, Samsung) Creative Visualizer

Studio 4 Editing & Motion Graphics Designer

Kocchar Photography Apprentice to Mr Ashoke Kocchar

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