With a PhD in cinema from the University of Paris, Aruna Vasudev has devoted a major part of her life to cinema. She is the Founder-President of the international Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, Founder-Director of Cinefan, the Festival of Asian Cinema(which later merged with Osians to become Osian’s Cinefan), Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly, co-Founder and Director of The Inner Path, the annual festival of Buddhist Art, Films & Philosophy.
After studying cinema at the Film School in Paris, she directed documentary and short films, authored two books on Indian cinema and edited several others on film and television in Asia. She started her magazine Cinemaya in 1988, with the aim of making the cinemas of Asia known nationally and internationally and, with Netpac, helping Asian cinema gain wide recognition.
Her work has been honoured with national and international cultural state awards, such as the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2002) and the Italian Star of Solidarity (2004). In 1997 she received the Korea Prize from the Pusan Film Festival, in 2006 the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award from the Cinemanila Film Festival in the Philippines, the Lifetime Achievement award at the Ahvaz Film Festival in Iran, the Satyajit Memorial award, the Karamveer Puruskar award, the Adhi Abadi award, and others in India.
The Tripoli International Film Festival in Lebanon has instituted the annual Aruna Vasudev Lifetime Achievement Award.