Born and raised in Durban South Africa, Abijeet Achar is an Emmy award winning cinematographer and director of Indian and Mauritian descent. At the age of twelve, Abijeet and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Two years later, they immigrated to Atlanta, GA. This is where Abijeet found his passion for directing and cinematography, and refined his skills through film theory and history at the University of Georgia, where in 2012 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. He applied his newfound theoretical knowledge of film through the medium of music videos and short films. In 2016, Abijeet completed his M.F.A. in Visual and Media Art with a focus in Cinematography at Emerson College in Boston, MA. During his M.F.A. coursework, Abijeet was a cinematography Teaching Assistant, and the Steadicam Workshop Instructor. In 2017, Abijeet and two partners founded Pineapple Cut Pictures, an Atlanta based production company that strives to shed light on underrepresented stories.
Abijeet’s first feature film as a Cinematographer, “Pageant Material,” had its world premiere at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Abijeet was recently awarded “Best Cinematography” at the 2019 Atlanta Underground Film Festival for the latest short he shot, “Water Horse,” which also screened at Fantastic Fest 2019. Abijeet's thesis film, “My Indian Rhapsody,” which he wrote and directed, had its world premiere at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival and was a semifinalist in the 44th Student Academy Awards.