Pak filmmaker in YouTube contest finals

Published: June 12, 2010
A still from Faraz Siddiqui’s competition entry. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

A still from Faraz Siddiqui’s competition entry. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Filmmaker Faraz Siddiqui is counting on Pakistanis to catapult him to victory by voting for him in a YouTube contest.

Siddiqui’s video Democracy is the message by people was voted to be one of the best out of hundreds of entries submitted to YouTube. Six winners, one from each region, will be chosen who will get to go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, New York and Hollywood to attend gala screenings of the winning videos, gain exposure to the US film and television industry and meet with creative talent, democracy advocates and government leaders.

Siddiqui is up against two Nepalese contestants in the South and Central Asia region. He is a filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer who has been working in the field for eight years. He is currently doing his bachelor’s degree in computer arts from private university in Karachi.

Siddiqui told The Express Tribune, “Our effort brought us in the finals but now the voting of 170 million Pakistanis can make us win this competition.”

Voting is open until midnight GMT, June 15, 2010.

The young filmmaker said that he found out about the competition just two days before the deadline and after doing some research and brainstorming decided to go with the theme Democracy is the message by people.

He also runs a design and production house by the name of Collage whose aim he says is “to spread love and peace, inspire the youth and spread this message through the art of film making.”

“Photography, short films, documentaries and motion pictures is how we are heard by the world, and we believe in broadcasting. This is the chief reason we participated in the Democracy Video Challenge,” he said.

According to him, his submission “is all about people, from students (the future of our country) to street hawkers (who also contribute to the present of our country). We have shown their message according to their needs and demands.”

Siddiqui isn’t hogging all the credit though. He thanked the colleagues who worked on the video. “M Arsalan Aslam and Izhar Shah were the main brains behind post production. From the first shoot to the time we uploaded and sent the video, they worked like robots. This video would not have been completed without their hard work and determination.”

Published in the Express Tribune, June 13th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Rizwan Pir Muhammad
    Jun 12, 2010 - 11:30PM

    Hats off to Faraz!Recommend

  • Zohaib
    Jun 13, 2010 - 12:59AM

    I guess democracy entails that you vote for someone not just based on whether he is a pakistani or not, but on the basis of how good a job he’s done with the task he was presented with. For that reason, I believe one should see all the videos (if you have the time, that is), and vote for the one you think is the best.Recommend

  • Zunaira
    Jun 13, 2010 - 12:59AM

    He’s made us proud. We need more individuals like him to display their skills. And as citizens, our job is easiest to support them. In this case, by voting for him.Recommend

  • Shahida Khan
    Jun 13, 2010 - 8:51AM

    We all are proud of him !!!Recommend

  • Faraz Siddiqui
    Jun 13, 2010 - 2:41PM

    Thank you all for your kind words & support.
    Please keep voting for our video, “Democracy is the message by people” on the Democracy Video Challenge page:

    And you can cast your vote everyday!Recommend

  • Moeen Tahir
    Jun 13, 2010 - 3:57PM

    This is brilliant, creativity and idea at its best .. ! I have already voted it on their official website …

    Good going Faraz ! Recommend

  • Midhat Siddiqui
    Jun 13, 2010 - 4:38PM

    Inspiring..!! Stick to your dreams, Faraz, and they will take you on a great journey. Best of Luck!Recommend

  • Dee
    Jun 14, 2010 - 9:47PM

    Not a big fan of democracy, but I’ll still vote :)Recommend

  • Faraz Siddiqui
    Jun 15, 2010 - 1:53AM

    Thanks everyone! =)Recommend

  • marYam
    Jun 19, 2010 - 8:38PM

    smart boi faraz!

    wish u luv n luck!Recommend

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