Md Ashraful Alam, whose penname/nickname is Ashraf Shishir, is a National Award Winning Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional, Script Writer, Poet, Story Writer, Human Rights Activists from Bangladesh. Educated in IT and law, he is the pioneer of the AECB film movement, a platform for the filmmakers to establish alternative show-case for better cinema with more than 20,000 members. He is the founder and festival director of International Open Film Festival (IOFF). He is the jury of several international film festivals like Houston Cinemania Film Festival (Texas, USA),Red Rock Film Festival(Utah, USA), Widescreen Film & Music Festival (Florida, USA), Walur Lake International Film Festival (Kashmir, India). Published four books on literature and film.
Ashraf Shishir`s debut work includes feature titled THE INNOCENCE [Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo] which the longest fiction feature films in the world film history which takes 200 shooting days of 10 years (from 15 May 2009 to 15 May 2019) and more than 4000 artists and crews worked for this film on voluntary basis. This feature film has been has been screened in 15 International Film Festivals in 11 countries till date. Meanwhile, his 2nd feature THE CART
[Gaariwala] released in 2015 (Script and direction, Recipient of prestigious Grant from the Govt. of Bangladesh and selected in more than 100 International Film Festivals in 33 Countries and won 26 International Awards from India, Chile, Italy, Spain and USA and the National Film Award), 3rd feature film titled THE INNER SOUND [Gopon] (Script and direction, Recipient of prestigious International Awards from Russia and India and selected in more than 25 International Film Festivals in 18 Countries till date) is awaiting for it`s worldwide release. Featurate (Mid-length Feature) fiction film titled THE UNSUNG [Judhdhata Chilo Shadhinotar] has been screened in more than 17 international film festivals till date, it was in Short Film Corner of Cannes Film Festival 2019. Short film titled THE F.I.F.O and feature film titled THE UNPARALLELED [Adwaita] is in work-in-progress stage. Documentary film titled THE CAGE- BIRD 2012 has been screened in 16 International Film Festivals in 12 countries and won 1 award from USA. He created few television commercials and music videos too. A social advertisement titled THE AGED directed by him was nominated as the finalist in an event organized by the United Nations Office, Geneva, Switzerland in 2018 and it`s won the best award in 2 categories in 15th Hero International Film Festival, California, USA. Ashraf also
directed 5 music videos of a musical band named “Shironamhin” which ranked year-long as top ranker in Bangladesh and have millions of views on youtube. He is the writer and producer of the feature film titled THE LOANEE which is now work-in-progress stage. Ashraf worked as one of the scriptwriters and directors (5 episodes, 2 seasons) of THE A BILLION TO ONE (2017-18), an international TV & web-series (Amazon Prime Videos) produced by CollabFeature, an award winning USA-based company, record breaking team of filmmakers & creators from all over the world.