BFFs launch their first web series on 19th July 2019

Rida Zahra, Sami Rehman And Saima Ajram

Karachi (Cliff News) Imagine Nation pictures (IN) is a new venture by 4 upcoming filmmakers namely Sami Rehman (of Bekaar Films fame), Rida Zahra, Ghania Asad and Sidrah Jamil. IN was formed in the hopes of further exploring the web series market in Pakistan and later dabbling into films and other media. IN’s goal is to present a range of different genres and exciting content that would inspire the Pakistani youth.“BFFs” (meaning Best Friends Forever) is their first web series and will be premiering on the 19th of July 2019 on Youtube. KFC Pakistan has teamed up with IN and is onboard as the official food partner for the web series. BFFs comprises of a total of 6 Episodes. They will release each Episode every Friday respectively.BFFs is a light-hearted, youth centric and a fourth-wall-breaking, experimental comedy. Something to be enjoyed by friends and family alike. The series focuses on two crazy best friends (Rida & Sami), who chose friendship over love – when given an ultimatum. In order to save their 20 year friendship, the two decided to get married and stay ‘best friends forever’, without even having an ounce of romance between them. Life after marriage was of course, not as easy as the both of them had imagined. The series contains some special appearances by a few well known youtubers (namely Bekaar Films).The teaser was released on the 2nd of July and has received a lot of love from the people – it has reached more than 115,000 views on Facebook alone.IN launched the official trailer with KFC on the 10th of July 2019 at KFC ittehad outlet.  KFC Pakistan exclusively hosted the official trailer launch event.

LINK TO THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_0ekfLlNak

Mr. Noor Alam, the Chief Marketing Officer – KFC, graced the event with his presence and shared his thoughts on the partnership. He stated:“KFC Pakistan has always been highly spirited to explore avenues that connect KFC with youth and the brand is enthralled to support local content like BFFs. Through this partnership, we once again remind our audience that KFC is a brand that is young by heart and feels pride to promote and support local entertainment industry. We accolade the hard work of the young talented individuals and wish them all luck for the venture’s success.”We are also grateful to the Assistant Brand Manager – KFC, Nigah- e-Hasnain for her thorough support.

Moeez,Asim,Sami,Rida,Alycia,Darakshan,Zain,Arsalan,Mishaal,Minahil,Dua,Ghania,Hamza,Sidrah

 

 

Oscar submission call for Pakistani filmmakers

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee invites Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 92nd Academy Awards by 15th August 2019 5:00 PM [PST]. This will mark the seventh 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 and “Cake” in 2018 to represent the best of Pakistani cinema for award consideration in the ‘International Feature Film’ [previously ‘Foreign Language Film’] category.The Oscar committee for 2019 is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and includes Zeba Bakhtiar [Director and Actress], Zarrar Khuhro [Journalist], Zebunnisa Hamid [Assistant Professor of Film Studies], Sarmad Khoosat [Writer, Producer, Director and Actor], Asim Abbasi [Film Director], Rizwan Beyg [Fashion Designer], Jamil Baig [CEO Nueplex Cinemas], Sanam Saeed [Actress, singer and former model] and Hamna Zubair [Journalist].The committee will choose one film as Pakistan’s official submission for the, ‘International Feature Film Award’. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.For entry forms, submission details and queries, please write to: pakistancommittee@gmail.com  T

ThePakistani Academy Selection Committee will announce its nomination for award consideration in September 2019.The criteria for eligibility is as follows:

  1. The motion picture must be first released in the country submitting it no earlier than October 1, 2018, and no later than September 30, 2019, and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater for the profit of the producer and exhibitor. Submissions must be in 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428- 1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000); and image and sound files packaged as Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) in either “Interop” or “SMPTE DCP” formats. SMPTE DCP refers to SMPTE ST429-2 and related specifications. (Blu-ray format does not meet Digital Cinema requirements.)

 

The audio in a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is typically 5.1 or 7.1 channels of discrete audio. The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels as Left, Center, Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment). The audio data shall be formatted in conformance with ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Characteristics and ST 428-3:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Channel Mapping and Channel Labeling.

  1. The film must be advertised and exploited during its theatrical release in a manner considered normal and customary to theatrical feature distribution practices. The film need not have been released in the United States.

 

  • Films that, in any version, receive a nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution before their first qualifying theatrical release will not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration.

 

Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:

  • Broadcast and cable television
  • PPV/VOD
  • DVD distribution
  • Internet transmission

 

  1. The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate, legible English-language subtitles are required.

 

  1. The submitting country must certify that creative control of the motion picture was largely in the hands of citizens or residents of that country.

 

  1. The International Feature Film Award Executive Committee shall resolve all questions of eligibility and rules.

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. Organized and are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

 

 

 

UberX riders get drive with Ushna Shah

Ushna Shah-UBERX

Islamabad(Cliff News)Uber, the global ride-hailing giant connecting riders to drivers, is now launching its premium car service UberX in Islamabad. The company will be starting UberX operations that offer top-quality car services for all those moments that are special, only the push of a button away.To celebrate the launch, Pakistani actress, Ushna Shah will be taking on the role of an Uber driver-partner for a day. Ushna Shah will be accepting rides from UberX riders on Friday, July 12, 2019. Keep requesting and try your luck to not only meet her but be featured on her Instagram stories too.With UberX, riders can now avail superior premium quality sedans. The service areas of UberX currently include sectors E, F-5 to F11, G-6 to G-11, H-8 to H-10, I-8 to I-10, along with Islamabad International Airport. When riders need a bigger and more spacious car, they will have the choice to choose UberX as a ride in their Uber app.“The experience of an Uber ride goes beyond simply getting from point A to point B,” said Saad Naveed Pall, GM- Uber. He further added, “We care about the diverse demands of our riders and are constantly looking for ways to enhance their experience through technological innovations and locally relevant products, the people of the capital city will now be able to experience Uber’s premium product as well.”UberX is one of the most popular services, Uber has to offer globally. It has now become the go-to option for comfortable traveling with a high-quality experience. Whether it’s going to an important meeting or creating memories on the go with friends and family, riders can now travel in style with UberX. The service is already available in Karachi and Lahore.Uber has been expanding its operations in Pakistan. Catering to its wide variety of demographics across the country, Uber offers various types of car products on its platform ranging from UberMini to UberGo.Since Uber’s arrival in Pakistan in 2016, it has successfully created thousands of flexible economic opportunities and moved hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Through its products – from UberMoto to UberAuto, and now UberX – Uber is providing accessible and affordable mobility solutions for multiple segments of the population.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents.

Tez financial services and green girls organization selected visa women global edition

Visa Photo Release 3 - Winners of Visa Everywhere Initiative Announced (July 04, 2019)

Karachi(Cliff News)Earlier this month, Visa (NYSE:V) hosted theVisa Everywhere Initiative (VEI): Women’s Global Edition, marking the first time the programhas focused on organizations with at least one woman founder or co-founder from around the world who are changing the world by solving business and social challenges. The new global competition spotlighted the underrepresented millions of women business and social impact leaders, tasking them to solve a FinTech and – for the first time – a Social Impact challenge for a chance to win $100,000 per challenge along with mentorship, access to Visa products and programs, and exposure to key participantsin the commerce ecosystem.Nearly 1,300 applicants applied to participate in the program.Justbefore the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ kick-off, 12 finalists from six regions pitched their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. Two finalists, Tez Financial Services from Pakistan, represented by its co-founder and business head, Naureen Hyat, and Green Girls Organizationfrom Cameroon, represented by its founder,Monique Ntumngia, were selected as the winners of the FinTech and Social Impact challenges, respectively. “As the worldwide rate of female entrepreneurship continues to rise, Visa is giving a voice to the collective strength of women who are creating impact in the global economy, spinning the fly wheel of innovation from the bottom up– and we will continue to do so through investments and partnerships that enable women-founded businessesto thrive,” said Marianne Mwaniki, Senior Vice President of Social Impact at Visa. “All of the finalists in this global Visa Everywhere Initiative are testaments to how diverse, women-owned businesses can grow, uplifting economies in communities across the globe, and we intend to provide them a platform to create connections and opportunities to succeed.”The Women’s Global Edition is an extension of the established VEI program, and reflects Visa’s commitment to investmentin women entrepreneurs.Since the inception of the VEI in 2015, more than 6,000 startups have participated in 24 innovation programs and have collectively raised more than$2.5 billion in funding. This year, Visa expanded the competition to include a globalchallenge for organizations with at least onewomanfounder to submit solutions that tackle the vast societal and business challenges facing social impact landscapes. The FinTech competition measured how applicants leveraged their companies’ unique ability to solve or transform consumer and/or commercial payment experiences locally, regionally or globally. The FinTech winner Tez Financial Services from Pakistan, represented by Naureen Hyat, is the first fully digital financial institution in Pakistan providing frictionless financial services to the unbanked and under-banked via a smartphone application.“The Visa Everywhere Initiative has been a remarkable opportunity for Tez, Pakistan and our cause to enhance financial inclusion,” said Naureen Hyat, Co-founder and Business Head of Tez Financial Services. “It has not only served as a driver for growth but has also allowed us to tap into the connectivity and numerous partners at Visa. I’m honored to be a part of such a thriving group of women entrepreneurs. All of these finalists have already achieved so much – I’m excited to continue to be a witness to our growth collectively beyond this competition.” The Social Impact Challenge sought women-led businesses around the world who are supporting sustainable and inclusive livelihoods and strengthening their local or regional economies. TheSocial Impact winner Green Girls Organization from Cameroon, represented by Monique Ntumngia,is a non-governmental organizationthat trains women and girls to harvest and create renewable energy from the sun and bio-waste.  “This opportunity will allow Green Girls to reach more women and girls and expand our footprint to provide renewable energy,” said Monique Ntumngia, Founder of Green Girls Organization. “Visa’s network and support will not only help my organization scale but will provide a number of rural African communities sustainable energy sources from the sun and bio-waste – creating a ripple effect of impact.”

About Visa Inc: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

Visa Photo Release 1 - Winners of Visa Everywhere Initiative Announced (July 04, 2019)