The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has encouraged Pakistani filmmakers to submit their works for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 94th Academy Awards.
According to a news statement, all interested persons have been invited to submit their work for consideration by September 20th. This will be the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee’s ninth submission in a row.
The Committee submitted the finest of Pakistani cinema to the category ‘international feature film,’ previously by Zinda Bhaag in 2013, Dukhtar in 2014, MOOR in 2015, Mah-e-Mir in 2016, Saawan in 2017, Cake in 2018, Lal Kabootar in 2019, and Zindagi Tamasha in 2020.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Academy Award, and Emmy winner will lead the panel that will assess films for the Oscars in 2021. Together with Sharmeen, the review panel will include Ali Azmat [Musician], Bee Gul [Screenwriter and Director], Humayun Saeed [Actor, Director, and Producer], Jawed Sheikh [Actor, Producer, and Director], Mo Azmi [Cinematographer], Omar Shahid Hamid [Author], Rafay Mahmood [Film Critic], Samina Ahmad [Actor, Producer, and Director], Sania Saeed
One Pakistani film will be chosen as the country’s official entry for the feature film prize from among all entries.
The academy defines an international film as a feature-length motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes that is produced elsewhere in the United States of America and its territories and has a mainly (more than 50%) non-English language track.
Submissions are accepted for all animated and documentary feature films.