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Film Critic, Author Academician

Aijaz Gul is a film critic with two degrees in Cinema from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Published four books on films and working as freelance film critic. He is a Co-author of the book “JOURNEY THROUGH LENS” which is considered as an authentic reference book for film history. He has an experience of teaching film studies at Riphah University. He has also been a faculty member at NICS (National Institute of Cultural Studies) and SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology) in Islamabad.


Filmmaker, Photographer & cinematographer

Peter Bussian is an American independent filmmaker, photographer and visual media consultant. He has studied film at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe and at the Columbia University MFA film program. He has worked with renowned cinematographers and photographers. He has received awards for his photographs from the International Photography Awards (Lucies) and Interaction. Bussian played the lead role in Afghan Director Siddiq Barmak’s film, Opium War, which was Afghanistan’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards and won several film festival awards, including the Golden Marc’Aurelio Critics’ Award for Best Film at the Rome Film Festival.

Writer, Producer & Actor

Emmy award winning writer/ producer for film, TV and new media including documentary, reality, pilots, presentation reels, development/adaptation of source material to pitch packages with extensive experience of directing in the field. Lisa graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in French Literature and Theater Arts. She has produced and written over 30 TV series including the popular ABC series The Bachelorette, Work of Art on Bravo and the Emmy winning My 1st Time on NBC. Most recently, she produced the Emmy nominated feature documentary, Defending the Fire (2017). She is an Executive Producer and principal partner in LikeMinds, a production company based in Santa Fe, creating content for documentary and scripted TV series, as well as short films and independent features.

Actor, Director & Producer

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is a Pakistani actor, director, producer and screenwriter known for his exceptional work in feature film Manto which received critical acclaim and commercial success locally and internationally. He has proved himself on TV as well and has given big hit serials like Humsafar and Shehr-e-zaat. Sarmad rose to prominence through his sitcom Shashlick in the late 90’s and since then he has contributed a lot to TV and Film. He has also been attached to academic teaching. He has been teaching ‘film’ and other related subjects for the past 12 years. He has taught at various institutes including Kinnaird College. Punjab University, and National College of Arts. He has received many awards including Pride of Performance (2016) and National Icon Award for outstanding contribution to TV and Film (2018)

Director, Author & Producer

After completing his law studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializing in copyright and media law, he studied film-directing at the University of Hamburg and has been working as a freelance director, author and producer in the film and television industry since 2004.His International Cinema debut as director, “The Race” was released in 2009. He published two kid’s novel serials (The Gostriders and Wolves of the Coast) in 2012 and 2018 with ongoing episodes. As a lecturer, he worked at various universities like the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, at the DEKRA Media University in Berlin, at the FH Darmstadt, for the German Film Institute Frankfurt / Main and the German Media School (DMA). His dissertation on Humour in kid’s films was published by Springer in 2019. Since 2018 he works as Head of participatory and interactive storytelling at the Filmuniversity Potsdam Bebelsberg.

Director, Writer & Cinematographer

Saim Sadiq is a Pakistani filmmaker with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a graduate degree in film directing from Columbia University. His short film Nice Talking to You was an official selection at South by Southwest 2019, Palm Springs International Shorts fest 2019 and won Vimeo’s Best Director award at Columbia University Film Festival 2018. The film also made the BAFTA Shortlist for Best Student Film. A recipient of the Kodak Student Scholarship Gold Award, his first feature, Gulaab, was selected for the Open Doors Hub at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival. His film Darling, a short film based on Gulaab, won the Best Short Film award at the 76th Venice Film Festival and was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Author & Social Scientist

Dr. Fouzia Saeed is the DG PNCA. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a Master’s in Design from the University of Minnesota, USA. She has been associated with media since her student days when she was one of the first female announcers on PTV. She has produced several talk shows on PTV. She has written extensively about the heritage of Pakistani performing arts, both stage and film. She created a popular film program “Mandwa”, while heading Lok Virsa. Classic Pakistani and international films were screened and discussed regularly for three years. The program attracted many film stars, directors, composers, and producers to discuss technical aspects of their films with the audience.

Filmmaker, Director & Editor

Tabish Habib is an American-Pakistani award winning filmmaker. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in Media studies, Business and Film Studies. He also has a Master of Arts in Film & Television Production at the MetFilm School located at London’s prestigious Ealing Studios where his thesis film “May I have this seat” was submitted for a student BAFTA & OSCAR. His music video for Mai Dhai Band’s “Sarak Sarak” won the Bee Hype award in 2014 and his documentary “Unforgettable Khusargang” was part of the official selection at the Cinema Verde Festival 2017. He was the Director of Photography on the short film, “Zom-Com” which won best film at the 48-Hour Film Festival 2018 in Pakistan. His commercial credits include content for brands such as the British Council, Coca Cola, GIZ, Getty Images, TRT world, World Bank among many others. Tabish has been working as a director and editor for over 9 years in Pakistan, U.A.E, U.K and the U.S.