Pooja Gupte is a graduate with Photography as specialisation in Commercial Art from Pune, India. She studied cinematography from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India. Her love for cinematography stems from her lifelong fascination with visuals. Pooja was always a visual learner and a go-getter. By the age of 16, she had made up her mind to pursue cinematography as a career and had worked her way through to get into the premier institute in India. Pooja was selected as an Indian cinematographer in Berlinale Talent Campus 2012, Germany. She was also invited to present her work in Stuttgart, Germany as part of series Making of Indian Cinema at Stuttgart-Indian Film Festival 2019. Her first feature film as DoP “Crossing Bridges” won National (President’s) award in 2014 which she also had produced under her production house Easel Films. She was awarded Best Cinematography for feature film “Rukh” in 5th AIFF 2018. She also has a flair for teaching cinematography and has been affiliated with a college as a guest lecturer. Pooja believes in creating opportunities for herself and the people around her. She strives to keep learning and believes it is the meritocracy that always get rewarded.
Pooja has recently shot a 5 episodic web-series called Cheesecake directed by Palash Vaswani produced by TVF and streaming on MX Player in India and on TVF play Internationally
Pooja Gupte has shot following feature length films:
1. “Brij Mohan Amar Rahe” directed by Nikhil Bhat produced by SAREGAMA and Netflix Original. Brij Mohan Amar Rahwas part of SAIFF New York 2017.
2. “River Song” directed by Sange Dorjee Thongdok produced by Jar Pictures. River Song was part of Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Germany 2018
3. “Rukh” (Unknown faces) directed by Atanu Mukherjee produced by Drishyam Films and had a pan India release on 27th October 2017 and is Streaming on Netflix now. Rukh was part of the following festival: • (Indian Panorama) International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2017, India • Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Germany 2018 • Le Festival International De Cinéma Asiatique De Tours (FICAT) 2018, France • Rukh won Best Director at Rajasthan International Film Festival, RIFF 2018 • Rukh won for cinematography and Editing at Aurangabad International Film Festival, AIFF 2018 • Imagine India Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2018
4.” Thiraikadal” a Tamil feature film with a National Award Winning Director Janaki Vishwanathan and was part of ) Jaffna International Film Festival 2018
5. “Crossing Bridges” directed by Sange Dorjee Thongdok is streaming on Amazon Prime. Won Indian National Award 2014′ and was part of following film festivals • Official Selection in Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2014 • Selected in work in progress lab film bazaar NFDC 2012 • Selected at MAMI Film Festival 2013 in India Gold section • Selected in Dharmashala International Film Festival 2013. • Selected in International Film Festival Of Kerala 2013.
She also shot following short films:
1. “Wig” directed by Atanu Mukherjee. Wig selected in Competition section in Aesthetica Short film Festival York UK 2019, International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kerala (IDSFFK) India 2019 and in MIFF 2020 International Competition Setion.
2. “The Gatekeeper” directed by Atanu Mukherjee. 1) Official selection in South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), New York in 2014 2) Part of “Shuruaat Ka Interval” under PVR Director’s Rare in 2014 3) Won Best short film award in International Short Film and Documentary Film Festival, Kerala (ISDFFK) in 2015. 4) Official selection in Mumbai International Film Festival MIFF 2016.
3. “The Voice of the Body (Deha Vani)” directed by David Ayoun as part his project at Le Fresnoy-Studio National Des Art, France.
4.“Carbon” directed by Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan released as part of large short films.
5.“Stray Dogs” directed by Atanu Mukherjee. 1) Winner of Best Short Film in Cinema City International Film Festival, Serbia in 2014 2) Official selection in International Short Film and Documentary Film Festival, Kerala (ISDFFK) in 2014
6.“SAFAR” directed by Pratyusha Gupta as her Diploma project at London film school. 1) Won Best Short Film in Women’s International Film Festival Mumbai 2014. 2) Won audience Choice award at International Film Festival Los Angeles 2015.
She has also shot commercials for Paree, HP printers, Kotak Mahindra bank, GE India, ABP group, Himalaya lip-care, Times Now etc…