Rohit Gupta pronounced [ˈroːɦɪt̪ ɡuːptə] is a film director, film producer and entrepreneur who resides in the United States. He is known for directing Midnight Delight, Life! Camera Action..., Another Day Another Life, winning several awards & nominations. Gupta is the founder and owner of Dot and Feather Entertainment production company and Film Festivals To Go.
|Residence||New York City, United States|
|Education||Master of Business Administration|
|Alma mater||Wingate University, North Carolina|
New York Film Academy
Born into a business family of Mumbai, Gupta earned his MBA from Wingate University in North Carolina. He setup and led businesses in various industries including Telecom, Bullion trading, Aviation, Information Technology Services spanning across India, EMEA and the US before enrolling for a four-week filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy to explore his interest in behind-the-scenes world of filmmaking. The initial film assignments he was working on for classes became inspiration for later works. His first film Another Day Another Life a four-minute suspense thriller flick was chosen as an official selection at the Short Film Corner - Cannes Film Festival in 2009. It attracted enough attention to encourage Gupta to seriously attempt a career as a filmmaker. New York Film Academy offered Gupta scholarship to extend his stay in to the one-year program. He shot his first feature, the inspiring family-drama movie Life! Camera Action... with a two-member crew in three languages English, Hindi, Punjabi as part of the story. Gupta followed with a comedy feature Midnight Delight.
Honors and appearances
In 2010, Gupta was invited to speak at the Sensoria, an annual week-long film event held every year in Charlotte, North Carolina, where education connects with professionals creating cinematic magic in Hollywood. At Sensoria George Cochran, the event founder & a former Directors Guild of America commercial film director and Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Film Office honored and felicitated Gupta as an industry leader and mentor for the students of the Central Piedmont Community College Arts and filmmaking department. Gupta was again invited to speak at Sensoria in 2012 to share, as quoted by Sarah Perry, "how he made a five-minute film for $100 called Another Day Another Life that a little festival called Cannes chose as an official selection; and how his other film Life! Camera Action... has toured the world and won top awards at renowned festivals".
In 2011, Gupta was invited as a special guest speaker at the launch of the New York Film Academy's first open house session in India. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai. He is credited for being the first alumnus of the New York Film Academy to have made a short film assignment in to a full-length feature film, while in the program.
Gupta is listed in the Limca Book of Records, India's equivalent of the Guinness World Records, for creating a national record for the first Indian to shoot a full-length motion picture by just a "two-member crew".
In 2013, Symbiosis International University in Pune invited Gupta for a guest lecture on Management & Creative aspects of filmmaking. A SIMColloquium, where eminent speakers from the field of media and communication come to interact with students and enable them to understand how the industry works was organized for Gupta's interaction with the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC) students.
Gupta was chosen by Times Now as one of five global Indian nominated from around the world for the "2014 NRI of the Year" award for his "Distinctive Global Achievement in Arts & Entertainment".
In May 2015, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, invited Gupta as speaker for the seminar titled "Life! Camera Action...". Later in the year, SAE Institute in Dubai invited Gupta to address a seminar to its filmmaking and multimedia students.
|2009||Another Day Another Life||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||Just Do It!||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Life! Camera Action...||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2018||The Color of Me||Yes|
|2019||The Mosquito Philosophy||Yes|
Awards and nominations
- Staff (August 22, 2016). "Indian American filmmaker Rohit Gupta's unique comedy film, "Midnight Delight" has been dominating film festivals across the US" (Primary News). The Indian Diaspora. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- Staff, Reporter (August 18, 2016). "'Midnight Delight' Wins Best Drama-Comedy Award at International Indie Gathering Film Fest". India West, California, USA. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- "Movie Making is Magic: Rohit Gupta by Jyothsna Hegde, Atlanta, USA". NRI Plus. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Urban Asian – Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action... at the International Film Festival Manhattan, 2011". Urban Asian. November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- "Rohit Gupta's films sweep top ten prestigious awards". Times of India. April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "New York Film Academy Graduate Rohit Gupta Nominated for Several Awards at World Music and Independent Film Festival". New York Film Academy, New York, USA. April 25, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- "Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action... selected to screen at IIDFF in Greece". Bollywood Trade.com. September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
- "Rohit Gupta's film 'Life! Camera Action...' to showcase in Lahore". Times of India. February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- Pasquine, Frank (March 12, 2015). "NYFA Grad Rohit Gupta Releases Trailer for 'Midnight Delight'". New York Film Academy, New York, USA. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Editorial Staff, India West (May 13, 2015). "'Midnight Delight' Wins Awards at Cannabis Film Festival". India West - California, USA. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Shah, Vipul (April 1, 2018). "Award-winning filmmaker Rohit Gupta opens up the world of film festivals to independent filmmakers". Glam Gold. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- M, Roopa (April 9, 2018). "Award-Winning Filmmaker Rohit Gupta's Film Festivals To Go (FFTG) To Aid Independent Filmmakers!". UA. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Profile and Biography of Rohit Gupta". Veethi - The Face of India. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
- "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience by Frank Pasquine from New York Film Academy Official Blog". New York Film Academy Official Blog. June 28, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- Chandel Singh, Shveata (April 2014). "'Filmmaking is magic': Rohit Gupta". Public Telegraph Sydney, NSW Australia. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
- "Movie business is one of the most beautiful businesses: Rohit Gupta". Times of India. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "See Exec. Producer Tim Bourne of Oscar Winning Film, Blindside". Fanpop North Carolina. April 13, 2010.
- "Central Piedmont Community College wants to be in pictures by Charlotte Business Journal". Charlotte Business Journal. April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "Building Film-Ourstate". Ourstate NC. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "6TH Annual FILM PEOPLE". Charlotte Business Journal.
- "Indian born US based Filmmaker Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action...by Keep in touch news". Keep in touch news. February 2, 2011.
- "I'm delighted to be a member of WMIFF: Rohit Gupta". The Times of India. December 14, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- "Filmmaker Rohit Gupta honored by the Limca Book of Records by Roopa Modha – Urban Asian". Urban Asian. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Filmmaker Rohit Gupta honored by the Limca Book of Records – TOI NRI Achievers". The Times of India. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Symbiosis International University invited filmmaker Rohit Gupta". GlamGold - Latest News. September 12, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Roshni, M (September 19, 2013). "Rohit Gupta speaks on Management and Creative aspects of filmmaking!". Urban Asian - Events & Gigs. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- "Achievement of Global Indians". NRI of the Year.
- "Rohit Gupta in the elite list for the NRI of the Year award by Roopa Modha". Urban Asian. March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "Film director Rohit Gupta nominated for the NRI of the Year award". Daily Indian Herald. March 17, 2014. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- "The Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project". August 2014.
- Toppman, Lawrence (August 12, 2014). "48 Hour Film Project: Mini-cinema on the fly". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
- "Universal Business Schools with strong global influence". Ed Universal Ranking. Eduniversal Business School. Archived from the original on July 29, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
- "Rohit Gupta, MBA turned film director, to speak on Life! Camera Action...". Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. IIM-Bangalore. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
- "Acclaimed filmmaker visits SAE Institute Dubai". Dubai Post. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- "filmmaker, Rohit Gupta visits SAE Institute Dubai". UAE Business Review. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.