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Ajai Vishwanath is a filmmaker and visual artist from Sydney, Australia, currently based in New York City.

Ajai's short film, Starch, is currently on the festival circuit as an Official Selection at the Austin Film Festival and the Academy Award-qualifying Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Tasveer Film Festivals. Starch won the Jury Award for Best International Short at the International South Asian Film Festival, and was acquired for distribution by Alaska Airlines. His documentary short, Jaz, was nominated for the Jury Award at the 2023 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, and was selected for the Academy Award-qualifying AmDocs Film Festival. In 2021, he produced the short film Exposed, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and his debut solo painting exhibition, Adoxography, opened at Google San Francisco.

Ajai is pursuing an MFA in Filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he is a Robert Jahn scholar and a Maurice Kanbar scholar. In 2023, Ajai was nominated for the ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Excellence in Cinematography. Prior to NYU, Ajai completed his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Globalisation and a minor in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

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