Rising Stars: Meet Kirtana Banskota

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirtana Banskota.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Like most, ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by cinema. The idea of being able to learn about places, people and cultures, about stories both heard and unheard, about living beings from the deepest depths of the oceans to the highest parts of the mountains- one click of a button and I could be transported to a place far far away. At a very young age, I knew I wanted to make others feel the same way I felt. A highly expressive kid, I grew up writing and acting in theater. Later I decided to go to film school at Temple University in Philadelphia. As I grew older, I realized filmmaking was an art, I knew how to create something but I knew nothing about negotiating my ideas and my thoughts to sell to the world, so I decided to jump into business development while mastering the art of low to no budget filmmaking. As time went by, I realized I had started focusing my energy on business instead of creating- I realized I was beginning to lose myself and I was neither happy with the work I was doing nor was giving the time for what brought me joy- the art of filmmaking. That is when I co-founded Nepal America Film Society and Nepal America International Film Festival.

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