The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has invited Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films to the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 94th Academy Awards by 20th September 2021.
This will mark the ninth consecutive submission by the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee having previously submitted 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 to represent the best of Pakistani cinema for award consideration in the ‘International Feature Film’ category.
The Oscar committee for 2021 is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and includes 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 [actress, producer and director] and Sania Saeed [actress].
The committee will choose one film as Pakistan’s official submission for the International Feature Film Award. To nominate as an international film it has to be over 40 minutes, made outside the United States of America, and a predominantly non-English dialogue track( Which means the language used in the film needs to be mostly non-English ). Animated and documentary feature films are permitted.
The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee will announce the nomination for award consideration on 20th October 2021.