Two-time Academy Award and four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy‘s Patakha Pictures has revealed the names of 10 female grantees for its first funding and mentorship programme, “Pakistan Stories”, in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute and the British Council.
Ten shortlisted women filmmakers will be working in pairs as part of the programme over 12 weeks to hone their creative skills and produce five short films as listed below:
1 – Amna Maqbool and Beenish Sarfaraz: Sinf-e-Taal
2 – Ahmen Khawaja and Mariam Khan: One by one
3 – Seema Iqbal and Sehrish Kanwal: Disability Can’t stop education
4 – Farzeen Aziz and Bushra Pervaiz: Haqeer
5 – Fatima Syed and Areeba Naveed: Sazish: A Feminist’s Struggle
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy stated, “When we sifted through the applications, we realized that there are so many young women in Pakistan who aspire to tell stories about their communities and that it is imperative that we provide them with the right tools to achieve their dreams. Today, I hope we are taking a small step towards that.”
Director of Scottish Documentary Institute Noé Mendelle said, “Scottish Documentary Institute is delighted with the selection of the ten upcoming female talent for our new scheme Pakistan Stories. The collaboration with Patakha Pictures is conducive to the perfect creative environment for our participants to bloom as documentary filmmakers and tackle challenging stories that will reflect contemporary Pakistan through the female gaze.”
“We are very pleased to be supporting this project because it is going to give opportunity to young women filmmakers in Pakistan. And we are really fortunate to have Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Professor Noe leading it – both are celebrated for having done amazing work in documentary filmmaking” Mariya Afzal, Director UK-PK Season, British Council, Pakistan.
Last year in August, Chinoy launched her newly formed grants and mentorship programme called Patakha Pictures to nourish the minds of many women looking to elevate their careers in the filmmaking field further.
The purpose of this platform was to support a new generation of female Pakistani documentary filmmakers, with Pakistan Stories as its first national funding and mentorship programme. The programme aims to honour 75 years of Pakistan through a women’s lens.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Launches Patakha Pictures to Support & Promote Women Filmmakers in Pakistan. Read the full story here:
Two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has come forward to help other women filmmakers and storytellers in Pakistan. She has launched a platform called ‘Patakha Pictures’ that will provide grants and, at the same time, mentor women filmmakers. Understanding the problem at hand is that it is difficult to find sponsors for small films in Pakistan. Chinoy announced on Instagram in a post. She said, “Telling stories that matter is essential to me..
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