Aditya Assarat is an independent film director, screenwriter, producer and cinematographer born in Bangkok, Thailand. He left Thailand at the age of 15 to be educated in the United States. He studied History at New York University, and subsequently earned a master’s degree in film production at the Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2000.
Having been educated outside Thailand for many years, Aditya says he feels more comfortable writing his scripts in English language, which then must be translated into the Thai language.
His graduate thesis film, the 15-minute short “Motorcycle” was screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, where it won a Gold Hugo award, the San Francisco International Film Festival, where it won a Golden Gate Award. It also won the R. D. Pestonji Award at the 2000 Thai Short Film and Video Festival and the Vision of Life Award at the 2000 Bangkok Film Festival. It was named best short film at the Aspen Shortsfest and the Shorts International Film Festival in New York City.
“It’s the one real dilemma in my filmmaking. I haven’t yet really worked through it,” he said in a 2007 interview. “But it’s annoying as it slows everything down. What I want to say on film still has to go through someone else. I’ll try to solve the problem in my next film by making my main character more like me – a Thai who’s grown up overseas and speaks English for half the story.”