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Anisha Acharya

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Anisha Acharya
BornJajpur, Odisha, India
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Film editor
🏅 Awards42nd Student Academy Award, Gold
🌐 Websitehttp://anishaacharya.com/w/

Anisha Acharya is a film editor based in Los Angeles and the recipient of the 42nd Student Academy Award, Gold in the Narrative Category for the short film Day One.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Acharya belongs to a small place called Baragadia near Duburi in Jajpur district of Odisha.[4] She is a granddaughter of late CK Nagaraja Rao, a renowned writer, dramatist and recipient of Moortidevi Award. Acharya's parents Dr Jagabandhu Acharya and Shambhavi Acharya work in the area of social development and are based in Bangalore, India.[5]

Education and Career[edit]

Acharya's was schooled at Sri Aurobindo Memorial School, Bangalore. She finished her junior college at Christ Pre-University College [1] and then graduated in accessory design from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore.[5] She went on to study film editing at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles in 2012 and graduated in the year 2014.[1][3]

Acharya has worked on a number of short film. She brings a strong narrative focus to her process and is currently editing two independent feature documentaries.[6]


Day One[edit]

Acharya edited Day One. The 25-minute drama/war movie was made as part of AFI curriculum and is inspired by the true story of an Afghan-American woman on the heels of a divorce who joins the US military as an interpreter for the US Army and is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker on her first day in Afghanistan. The movie bagged the Student Academy Oscar Award out of 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities.[1] The movie is directed and written by Henry Hughes and Dawn DeVoe. The movie has also won the prestigious BAFTA US Student Award and the Student Emmy Award.[4] The movie was also adjudged finalist at the Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, 2015.[1]


Valdo (2014) was Acharya's AFI thesis film. This film was also an official selection at the Dances with Films Festival 2015 and was premiered there.[1][7]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "City girl wins Student Oscar Award". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. "Academy Winner Anisha Acharya on what made 'Day One' tick and what's coming her way". Folomojo. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Oscar' goes to...Anisha". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Odisha Girl Anisha Acharya's Film wins Student Academy Oscar Gold -". Odisha News Insight. 20 September 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Bengaluru girl Anisha Acharya wins at Student Oscars 2015". dna. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. http://anishaacharya.com/w/about/
  7. http://filmmakersfans.com/anisha-acharya-interview-oscar-winner-india-henry-day-one/

See also[edit]

  • Henry Hughes
  • Day One

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