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Oscars: Calling all Pakistani filmmakers

August 1, 2014

The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has invited Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award' category, for the 87th Academy Awards. The deadline for submission is August 25, 2014 at 5pm (PST).

In 2013, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee selected Zinda Bhaag as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award' category. Apart from ZInda Bhaag, three other films were submitted to the 2013 committee for Oscar consideration including Chambeli, Josh and Lamha (Seedlings).

The 2014 committee is chaired by Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and includes veteran Pakistani film-maker, Mehreen Jabbar, Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid , actor and singer Ali Zafar, Pakistani film director and producer Iram Parveen Bilal, actor-model-singer Meesha Shafi, Samina Peerzada, and actor Nadia Jamil, amongst other prominent figures.

The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee will choose one film as Pakistan's official submission for the, 'Foreign Language Film Award.' A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

The committee will announce its nomination for award consideration on September 15, 2014.

The Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards, organised and overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

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Source: Daily Messenger (Pakistan)

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