The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee invites Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 93rd Academy Awards by 20th October 2020, 5:00 PM [PST]. This will mark the eighth 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 and ‘Lal Kabootar’ in 2019 to represent the best of Pakistani cinema for award consideration in the ‘International Feature Film’ category.
The Oscar committee for 2020 is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and includes Faisal Kapadia [Musician], Asad-ul-Haq [Director], Maheen Zia [Filmmaker], Hamza Bangash [Filmmaker], Bee Gul [Scriptwriter], Syed Muhd Ahmed [Actor], Mehwish Hayat [Actor], Hasan Shehreyar Yasin [Actor and Designer] and Asim Abbasi [Filmmaker].
The committee will choose one film as Pakistan’s official submission for the, International Feature Film Award’. An international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America and its territories with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track. Animated and documentary feature films are permitted.