The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee invites Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category for the 87th Academy Awardsby August 25th 2014, 5:00 PM [PST]. In 2013, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee selected “ZindaBhaag” as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category.
The committee is chaired by Emmy and Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and includes MehreenJabbar (veteran of the industry, with a prolific career as Director/Producer of gritty, hard-hitting films for Pakistani Television),Mohsin Hamid (author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia), Ali Zafar (Pakistani actor, music composer and singer-songwriter), AkifaMian(writer, director and assistant professor of Film at Beaconhouse National University), FramjiMinwalla (professor at IBA whose research and teaching interests include Performance history, visual and cultural studies, film studies, media and communications and all forms of theory), SaminaPeerzada(film actress and director who has appeared in numerous films and television serials), IramParveen Bilal (director of JOSH and CEO and Founder of Parveen Shah Productions, a film production company with offices in Pakistan and Los Angeles), MeeshaShafi (actress, model and a singer who has appeared in Pakistani, Hollywood and Bollywood films such asWaar, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and BhaagMilkhaBhaag), Rohail Hyatt (Pakistani musician, songwriter and founder of Coke Studio), and Nadia Jamil (Pakistani actress known for RaatChali Hay JhoomKe, MerayPaasPaas and Beauty Parlor ).
Speaking about the Oscar committee of Pakistan, the members have said:
“In my view, Pakistani films having the opportunity to go to the Oscars is a “future investment”. It will help create quality film productions which can compete in the global market as well as start a much needed dialogue with the rest of the world. Our stories need to be told to the world to help shed many misconceptions that exist, in addition to give an understanding about our culture and people in our own voice.”
“It’s an honour to be a part of the committee. I am looking forward to some authentic, indigenous and entertaining cinema from Pakistan.”
“Serving as a juror on the Pakistan Academy Selection Committee is both a humbling honor and a daunting prospect. Humbling to be asked, and to participate in the company of such august fellow jurors. Daunting because of the diversity of good, new movies produced this year by supremely talented filmmakers.”
“Pakistani cinema’s true revival depends on making internationally viable films. We must encourage and develop a quality of cinema that stands our ground in the international market, not just Pakistan and Pakistani audiences. My focus in this committee will be voting for a film of such quality that transcends space and time.”
“Looking forward to playing my part in the Oscar Selection Committee. What a treat to watch and critique some of the most promising Pakistani films of the year. This is precisely the kind of incentive our filmmakers need to actively produce great cinema and most importantly, dream big!”
“I am excited to be part of the committee especially at a time when the trend to make features continues at an accelerated pace in Pakistan. Looking forward to seeing new and exciting work coming out.”
“It’s fantastic to be part of this effort to raise the visibility of Pakistani cinema internationally. Plus, selfishly, it’s enormous fun to get to watch all these films. And this year already seems to have many more Pakistani releases than last.”
“All the colors, music,textures, the histories, landscapes, romance, the evolving dynamics of tradition and modernity, the songs, the violence, resilience, laughter and tears, the many many layers of the sub-continent and Pakistan’s place in it, no better place to watch and experience these stories than the new exciting, evolving cinema of Pakistan today. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. It’s already proving to be an exhilarating and utterly authentic experience.”
“With the recent boom of films in Pakistan, one hopes that an industry is being reborn with the right values and will help to serve as a reflection of what it means to be Pakistani – not just to ourselves but to the outside world. This, I believe, is a healthy direction and I look forward to playing my part to showcase and highlight such ventures.”