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BIOGRAPHY

Born and brought up in the hills of Shimla, through lack of opportunity, Siddharth decided to grab the bull by the horns and make his own breaks. 

 

Driven by the need to create value, he takes pride in shooting his films in Himachal & believes in telling stories which are local and yet have universal themes. He founded Secret Corridor Pictures with this aim and has made some critically acclaimed films under this banner. His short film 'Pashi' was the only Indian film to premiere at the Oscar Qualifying Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2018. Pashi won 6 International Awards including Best Director, Best Film, Audience Choice, Best Actor and Best Cinematography and also received a lot of critical acclaim. Indie Film Magazine called it 'India's Finest Short Film of 2018'. His next film titled 'The Flying Trunk' also received excellent reviews. UK Film Review called it a 'masterpiece...'. 


After successfully completing these projects, Siddharth collaborated with a Hollywood based writer for his next film titled 'Catch the Light' which was commissioned by the Kashish Arts Foundation, Mumbai. Siddharth then started working on his 1st feature film titled 'Amar Colony'.

Produced by Indie Film Collective, 'Amar Colony' had its World Premiere in Nov 2022 at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) which is an A-List Festival, one of the biggest in Europe.

 

Siddharth became the first Indian Director to win an award and Amar Colony - the first Indian Film to win an award (Jury Prize) for it's 'Originality of vision' at Tallinn Black Nights (POFF 2022). After this Siddharth also won the Best Indian Debutant Director Award at it's Indian Premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in the same year. The Federation of Film Critics nominated Amar Colony for the FIPRESCI India Grand-Prix 2022 Award.

Siddharth holds a degree in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and has also received the Hindustan Times Youth Achiever - 'Top 30 under 30 Award' for his outstanding accomplishment in this field. His Ted Talk ‘Discovering the Storyteller within you...’ has been winning hearts of many artists and aspiring filmmakers. Siddharth is currently developing  his 2nd Feature Film. 

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"I make films to give an expression to my vivid imagination. For me, filmmaking is akin to sculpting - an art where I mould a story, emotions, techniques and shots

into a cohesive, expressive whole - rather than simply

a process of recording events."

AWARDS

BEST INDIAN DEBUT DIRECTOR

(Award for Amar Colony)

International Film Festival of Kerala, 2022

BEST FILM

(Award for Papa)

International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 

SATYAJIT RAY

(Award for Papa)

London Indian Film Festival

BEST DIRECTOR

(Honourable Mention for Pashi)

South Film and Arts Academy Festival, Chile

AUDIENCE CHOICE

(Award for Pashi)

South Film and Arts Academy Festival, Chile

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

(Award for Papa)

Vintage International Film Festival, 

BEST DIRECTOR

(Award for Pashi)

World Music & Independent Film Festival, Washington DC 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

(Award for Amar Colony)

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

YOUTH ACHIEVER

(Award for Siddharth Chauhan)

Hindustan Times Group 

BEST FILM

(Award for Pashi)

South Film and Arts Academy Festival,

Chile 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

(Award for Pashi)

Marietta International Film Festival, Georgia 

BEST ACTOR (Chetan Kanwar)

(for Pashi)

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

BEST DIRECTOR

(Award for Papa)

Vintage International Film Festival

Q DRISHTI FILM GRANT

(Award for Pashi)

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 

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