Akina Van de Velde is a freelance DP based in Los Angeles. She has spent the last 10 years working in film and video production in the US freelancing and creating videos for nonprofits and commercial clients such as Adidas, Fitbit, NYLON, VICE, Goop, Hulu and Conde Nast.
Akina received her MFA from UCLA's Film, Television and Theater Program. She is the recipient of the MPAA award, the Federico De Laurentiis Memorial Award, the Peregrine Collective Grant , the Fred Thorpe Fellowship, the Lynn Weston Fellowship and is currently a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow. She now focuses on narrative and emotionally resonating storytelling, with emphasis on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ stories. When not on set, she is at the mercy of her 2 year old Labrador Retriever, Rothko.