Jami wins top award at Locarno Film Festival

Published: August 9, 2017


In an evolving industry, with people experimenting with diverse genres, from commercial flicks to more artistic pieces, the efforts of Pakistani filmmakers aren’t going unnoticed. Moor director Jamshed Mehmood Raza – more fondly known as Jami – for instance, is earning recognition at both the local and international level. The filmmaker recently bagged the Open Doors – TFL (TorinoFilmLab) Award at the The Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Co-Production Lab.

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“Well that’s very interesting because I was making the video for someone else,” Jami exclaimed, as he was taken by surprise at the announcement. “Again, thank you so much. This is very surprising because I really wanted to be part of the next session somehow, somewhere, with these people, so this is very interesting. Thank you so much!”

The Open Doors initiative aims at promoting filmmaking in regions where technological inadequacies render the art a tough process. Under this year’s agenda were eight South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Jami was selected along with another producer Mehnaz Alavi Diwan of Studio Rail Films to represent Pakistan.

The event may prove an opportunity for the director to forge networks and promote Azad Films to an international audience, alongside his upcoming projects Hit and Run and Jugnu, which are due to release in 2019. Also, Jami’s 92 Cricket World Cup is slated for release in 2020.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bossman
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:19PM

    Make Pakistan proud. Well done Mr Jami.Recommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Aug 10, 2017 - 8:21PM

    Moor received a minor exchange honour called “Open Door Co-Production Lab” prize given at one of the festival’s side events. Moor did NOT win the top award which is the prestigious “Golden Leopard” nor did it win any of the awards at the festival-proper.Recommend

  • Jami
    Aug 11, 2017 - 11:44PM

    I didnt know it says Moor won anything. Plz chk the video and the content of this article. Its talking about Torino lab award. Hope thats clear Recommend

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