Director - Cinematographer - CEO at PANTHEON PICTURES S.R.O.

Awards & Nominations 

2017 Minimalen Short Film Festival Norway, Official Selection;
2017 GSF Awards, New York, Official Selection;
2016 Mexico City Video Dance Festival, Official Selection;
2016 Düsseldorf Open Art Short Film Festival, Official Selection;
2016 Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Official Selection;
2016 (C) Screen Barcelona, Official Selection;
2016 Utah Dance Film, Official Selection;
2015 PFFM Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne, Official Selection;
2015 Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Official Selection;
2015 Timishort Shortfilm Festival, Official Selection;
2015 Face á Face Saint Etienne, Official Selection;
2014 Brest International Film Festival, Official Selection;
2012 Cannes SFC, Official Selection;
2011 Kaliber35 Munich Intl. Shortfilm Festival, Official Selection;
2011 Lucerne Film Festival Showcase, Official Selection;
2011 PFS Best Cinematography, Winner;
2011 Cannes SFC, Official Selection

Director: James E. Duff

Dop: Bianca Butti

Second Unit Dop: Tim Spreng

In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, HANK AND ASHA is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs.

“A classic tale of young love, told in the most unconventional of ways. Asha and Hank are bound by technology and separated by time zones; the mere fact they have never met face-to-face doesn’t stop their growing friendship and budding infatuation. A modern take on a love letter correspondence, this student from India and New York filmmaker must figure out their future one video response at a time. Step out of the Park City cold and warm your heart with this charming romantic comedy.”


Jana Winternitz, SLAMDANCE Programmer

Audience Award, 2013 Slamdance Film Festival – World Premiere

Best Feature, 2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival

Best Feature, First Prize, 2013 Rhode Island Film Festival

Best Feature, 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival

Best Feature, 2013 Portland Film Festival

HBO Films Best Producer Award, 2013 Savannah Film Festival

Audience Award, 2014 RiverRun Film Festival

Audience Award, 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival

Audience Award, 2013 Bend Film Festival

Audience Award, 2013 Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival

Audience Award, Best Actor, 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Actress, 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival

Best Producer, 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival

Best Cinematography, 2013 Woods Hole Film Festival

Best Screenplay, 2014 Prescott Film Festival

Best Screenplay, 2014 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival

Best Feature, 2014 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival