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
  • 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.

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Sania Maskatiya launches Menswear Eid Collection 2019

Sania Maskatiya - Eid Collection 2019 - Menswear - May 2019 (11)

Karachi(Cliff News)After the launch of its womenswear Eid Collection titled Alef earlier this month to much acclaim, multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya launches their Menswear Eid Collection for 2019.The Eid Collection features 12 menswear ensembles in cotton with subtle pleating details. Available in 4 sizes from extra small, medium, large and extra-large, the collection comes in diverse color tones such as blue, sky blue, light blue, white, black and grey with prices starting from PKR 7,500. The collection also comes with an exclusive linen waistcoat designed by Sania Maskatiya for this collection.Founded in 2010, the Sania Maskatiya brand is best known for its specialized, versatile prints, textile design based on pure textures, exceptional hues, and fine craftsmanship. The design house engages in some of the best artisanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for incorporating rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.The brands runway shows are much anticipated by critics and patrons alike in Pakistan, Europe, India and the US and to this end consistently showcase at the PFDC and FPW platforms in Pakistan, also having showcased at Lakme Fashion Week in India and New York Fashion Week in the big apple. The brand continues to expand both nationally and internationally. In Pakistan, the brand boasts four stand-alone stores each of which is located in prime shopping locations in both Karachi and Lahore. The brand is further available at select national stockists. Internationally, the brand continues to develop regional and global presence. In terms of retail and global accessibility, the brand is further available worldwide through a dedicated e-commerce store, in the Middle East through a stand-alone retail space in Dubai and in Europe, the US, Singapore and India through a series of stockists.


Markings KHUDI proudly launches its third title:”WindBeneathYourWings”


Lahore(Cliff News)Markings KHUDI, a motivational, inspirational and developmental publishing platform launches its third title, Wind Beneath Your Wings – A Book of Blessings by Marzia Hassan [#WindBeneathYourWings].Indeed, Markings KHUDI was first launched with its titles ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’ and ‘Hum Nay Suna Hum Nay Dekha – Volume I’ last year.‘Wind Beneath Your Wings – A Book of Blessings’ is a compilation of everyday blessings to increase happiness for yourself and others. This simple practice of wishing well takes only moments and it starts a powerful positive ripple effect in our environment. It is divided into four sections; General Blessings, Prayers for your Married Life, As you Grieve and Prayers to Encourage You.The book encourages readers to share the blessings of each page by simply tearing off the page and to have fun thinking of creative ways to spread these page wishes amongst people one’s loves, to those one comes across during the day and perhaps even those who sometimes challenge you, be it through leaving pages in expected places as a surprise, to use them in place of greetings cards et al.Speaking about her book Marzia Hassan said; “Wind beneath Your Wings – a Book of Blessings is my way of spreading love, compassion and kindness in this world.”Speaking about the publishing house’ third title under Markings KHUDI, CEO Markings Kiran Aman has said; “I am delighted to publish a book that can be shared in so many different ways to create good vibes all around. This title and its publishing style also reiterates this notion of books being far more than the sum of their words: it is the spreading of a message, giving birth to positive feelings and encouraging the sharing of emotions in what becomes an exchange between the writer, reader and receiver.With eleven independent titles and over thirty-five corporate titles under Markings Publishing and Markings Corporate, Markings KHUDI is dedicated to an eclectic assortment of interests: self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, inspiration, health & healing, development, spirituality and lifestyle.Wind Beneath Your Wings – A Book of Blessings by Marzia Hassan is now available at Liberty Books and Book Mart across Pakistan and online at http://www.kitabain.com for PKR 500.

About the Author:

Marzia Hassan writes, speaks and consults on personal growth and relationship matters. Influenced by faith, positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness, she combines ancient wisdom with modern, evidence-based techniques to help herself and others live and love with positivity, purpose and peace. Marzia is the author of Parenting in the Age of Facebook (Rupa Publications, 2016) and various online courses. She shares her writing and speaking via her popular DailyWisdom email series, her podcasts and on social media. Find out more on http://www.marziahassan.com

About Markings

Markings was founded by Kiran Aman in 2010 with a vision to nurturing a platform that encourages a diversity of expression. Indeed in its ninth year, Markings continues to provide avenues for giving voice to such expressions through words, pictures, performance, and other alternate styles of communication having launched nine critically acclaimed and award winning titles in the past.


SANIA MASKATIYA showcased its critically acclaimed NYFW collection at Fashion Pakistan Week 2019

Karachi(Cliff News)Among Pakistan’s leading fashion design house Sania Maskatiya showcased its critically acclaimed New York Fashion Week F/W 2019 collection as the Day-2 finale at Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer Edition on 13th March 2019. The showcase was complemented by footwear from Charles & Keith. This showcase comes hot on the heels of Sania Maskatiya’s ramp showcase at the prestigious New York Fashion Week last month and the opening of their brand new flagship studio space in Karachi.Sania Maskatiya’s F/W 2019 luxe evening wear collection shimmers into the spotlight with iridescence. The energy and elegance of this landmark collection is encompassed through luxe fabrics in metallic shades. Embodying elements both heritage and nouveau, this collection evokes a sublime subtlety featuring the signature Sania Maskatiya intricate embellishments and fusion silhouettes.The collection is available for viewing at Sania Maskatiya’s brand new Karachi Flagship Store located at AC-5, Block 4, Clifton.The Sania Maskatiya brand is best known for its specialised, versatile prints, textile design based on pure textures, exceptional hues, and fine craftsmanship. The design house engages in some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for including rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.

Announcing the Zeenat Haroon Rashid prize for women writers

ZHR Writing Prize Logo

Lahore(Cliff News)Introducing The Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women named in honour of Zeenat Haroon Rashid (21 Jan 1928 – 8 April 2017), a founding member of the Women’s National Guard at the time of Independence who became a symbol for women’s empowerment in Pakistan.A prize of Rs. 100,000 (1 Lakh) will be awarded annually through a competition for writing in English on the subject of Women and Pakistan. This will be the first time a substantial cash prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing.The competition will be open to all women of Pakistani nationality or Pakistani heritage (with NIC or NICOP) aged 18 and above and entries will be original, previously unpublished works in the form of either Memoir, Polemic, Essay or Short Story of no more than 3000 words. The topic must be central to the theme of Women and Pakistan and the judges will look for a piece of writing with a strong, personal voice.From amongst all entries, the best will be chosen for consideration by a panel of judges drawn from writers, editors and publishers. The panel will then draw up a short-list of 6 from which a winner will be chosen.The 2019 panel of judges include Ameena Sayid, OBE, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, editor and publisher and founder of the Karachi, and Islamabad Literature Festivals and Founder and Director of the Adab Festival Pakistan; Moni Mohsin, author and columnist whose writing has appeared in The Friday Times, The Guardian and the Economist; Irfan Husain, author and columnist for Dawn; Sadia Quraeshi Shepard, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and author; Muneeza Shamsie author, literary journalist, and award-winning anthologist; and Shan Vahidy, a freelance editor working in London who is also the granddaughter of Zeenat Haroon Rashid.The winning entry for The Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women will be published online, and if appropriate, in a national magazine or newspaper. The writer will be honoured at an event at which the prize will be awarded.The closing date for entries is 15th July 2019 and the winner will be announced later in December 2019.

About Zeenat

Zeenat Haroon Rashid (21 Jan 1928 – 8 April 2017) was the daughter of Sir Abdullah Haroon and the daughter-in-law of Sir Abdur Rashid, the first Chief Justice of Pakistan. She was a young stalwart of the Muslim League and Women’s National Guard at the time of Independence and throughout her life promoted a vision of Pakistani Women as equal partners in the struggle for building a modern Pakistan in accordance with Qaid-e-Azam’s vision. About the Women’s National Guard she said “Jinnah wanted to show people that in Pakistan, women would do things. We were a symbol of progress.”Zeenat became an icon for women’s empowerment in the nascent nation state of Pakistan, when Margaret Bourke-White, the legendary photographer for LIFE Magazine, snapped a photo of her in 1948 practising with the Women’s National Guard.

About the Prize

The ZEENAT HAROON RASHID WRITING PRIZE FOR WOMEN has been set up to honour the memory of Zeenat by her daughter Syra Vahidy who is the principal donor. The prize will be awarded annually in the hope that it works to promote and provide support for women who wish to pursue writing as a career.

Panel of Judges 2019

 AMEENA SAIYID OBE   Ordre des Arts et des Lettres     Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Editor and Publisher

Ameena Saiyid recently retired after 30 years as managing director of Oxford University Press (OUP) in Pakistan. In 2005, she became the first Pakistani woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to democracy, women’s rights, education, intellectual property rights and Anglo-Pakistan relations. In February 2013, she was conferred the prestigious French award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her work in promoting literary culture and in 2018 she was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for contribution to education and courage in publishing. She is also the founder of the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals and the Founder and Director of Adab Festival Pakistan.


Author and columnist

Born and raised in Lahore, Moni Mohsin is an author and freelance journalist now based in London. Her novels include the prizewinning The End of Innocence and Tender Hooks. Her best-selling collection of satirical columns The Diary of a Social Butterfly and Return of the Butterfly are based on her long-running column for The Friday Times. Her writing has also appeared in The Times, The Guardian and the Economist among other publications


Author and Columnist

Irfan Husain is a freelance columnist and author of Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West. He has been writing for Dawn for over 25 years, and has contributed to many other publications, including The Economist, the Times of India and the Cairo Times


Author and Filmmaker

Sadia Quraeshi Shepard is a writer and documentary filmmaker. The author of The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir (The Penguin Press), Shepard’s writing has appeared in Guernica, The Washington Post, Vogue India and The New York Times, among other publications. Her credits as a producer include The September Issue, (A&E Films), The Education of Mohammad Hussein (HBO) and The Other Half of Tomorrow (Margaret Mead Film Festival, Opening Night Selection). She teaches at Wesleyan University and lives with her family in New York City


Writer and Editor

Muneeza Shamsie is a literary journalist, award-winning anthologist and author of a literary history, Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English.  She is Bibliographic Representative (Pakistan) for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies as well as the Advisory Boards of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Bengal Lights and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She was also Regional Chairperson (Eurasia) of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2010, 2011.  She writes regularly for Dawn, Newsline and Newsweek Pakistan.


Editor and Granddaughter

Having worked for several years at Allen Lane, the non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books, Shan Vahidy is now a freelance editor working in London. She is the granddaughter of Zeenat Haroon Rashid.




International Steels Ltd organised National Open Polo Championship

ISL National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2019 F...

Lahore(Cliff News)International Steels Limited [ISL], the largest Flat Steel manufacturer in Pakistan and patrons of the King of Games, Polo, partnered with the Lahore Polo Club to sponsor one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in Asia: The International Steels Limited National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2019. The tournament commenced on the 25th of February with a sensational final match between Master Paints [Black] and Master Paints [Grey] on the 10th of March 2019 at the historic Lahore Polo Club. Master Paints [Black] with Sufi Muhammad Amir, Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Raja Temur Nadeem and Matias Vial Parez took home the coveted Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2019.Prior to the final match, ISL hosted a lunch for corporate personalities and patrons of Polo members of the art, fashion, literary, design, music and sports communities.The honorable Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and Federal Minister for National History and Literary Heritage, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood attended the final as the Chief Guest and watched the final of the International Steels Limited National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2019 along with the President of the Polo Club, Mr. Malik Atif Yar Tiwana and Executive Director ISL Mr. Samir Chinoy following which a prize distribution ceremony was held.“It was a great honor to be here at the Lahore Polo club and we value the opportunity to partner with the Lahore Polo Club for the 2019 Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup one of the most important tournaments in the Pakistan Polo calendar. Having played in my younger days, I feel humbled to have the opportunity to help promote a sport that bought me much joy and taught me valuable lessons on Strategy, Teamwork and Determination, the same ethos that International Steels has showed since its came into being in 2011” said Mr. Samir Chinoy, Executive Director, ISL.He further added that, “International steels believe in being part of shaping tomorrow, which, simply put, is to lead by example and promote brand Pakistan by redefining what it means to be Made in Pakistan. We will continue to strive to give back to Pakistan by supporting various initiatives such as the Arts and Sports and in doing so hope that other corporates follow. I would like to thank the Lahore Polo Club, the Patrons, umpires, players both local and foreign, who I hope will be our ambassador as they return to their countries and as the partake in the world polo circuit. I would also like to acknowledge and appreciate Mr. Emran Akhtar for bringing us together with the Lahore Polo Club and with the sport of polo”.A 14 goal tournament, this year’s championship was contested between five participating teams with players from Argentina, Chile, Pakistan and the UK, including Nicolas Corti, Saqib Khan Khakwani, Juan Cruz Losada, Hissam Ali Hyder, Hamza Mawaz Khan, Salvador Ulloa, Raja Temur Nadeem, Matias Vial Parez, Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Bautista Bayuger, Raja Samiullah and Bilal Haye.Indeed, the National Polo Championship was first played and introduced in 1963 as the El Effendi Cup presented by Brig HM el Effendi. In 1977, it was renamed as Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup on the direction of government of Pakistan. The tournament has been played for some four decades with popularity all over the polo community domestically and internationally.

About International Steels Limited

International Steels Limited “ISL” is the largest Flat Steel manufacturer in Pakistan. The company was incorporated in 2007 and commenced production in 2010. To date, the company has invested approximated US$ 250 million in establishing a state of the art flat steel complex. ISL’s manufacturing facilities are located on a 32-acre piece of land in the Port City of Karachi. The company has a strong nationwide supplier network that is served through regional offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. ISL exports its products to more than 20 countries worldwide.The company has played an important role in developing the large-scale industrial manufacturing sector of Pakistan. ISL’s high quality steel serves as an essential input for various upstream and downstream industries of the country. ISL believes in sustainability of operations and aims to maintain good relationship with all its stakeholders. Driven by the Clean, Lean and Green approach, the company strives to continuously reduce its carbon footprint, promote effective utilization of resources, reduce waste and promote green practices through recycling and reusing resources. ISL is a frequent supporter of various health care and educational initiatives in the country.

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Miss Veet Pakistan 2016 Winner Crowned

Karachi(Cliff News) The show that created massive ripples in the country, Miss Veet Pakistan, has finally come to an unforgettable conclusion with the best panel of judges in townAamina Sheikh, Aisha Khan, Tapu Javeriand the mentor Fayezah Ansari. With the 12 lucky contestants who were given this opportunity, Miss Veet Pakistan was the transformation journey, which madethe audience laugh, cry and scream at times, but in the end it was all worth it. The finale took place at Mohatta Palace in Karachi which was beautifully adorned and comprised of action packedperformances and the overwhelmingcrowning of Miss Veet Pakistan 2016.The red carpet of the star-studded event was hosted by the spectacular Hira Hussain, while the event itself was hosted by none other than AzfarRehman. The finale, which was attended by members of the media and the bigwigs of the film industry, started offwith a bang. The show opened with amagnificent theatrical performancefeaturing the beautiful Mawra Hocanewho kept the audience glued to their seats. The 12 lucky contestants were revealed in the show through a mesmerizing performance choreographed by Wahab Shah. The girls were also awarded 5 awards on the values which they were judged onthroughout the Miss Veet Pakistan journey, and 1 special award of theDigital Viewers Choice.Right before the crowning of the MissVeet Pakistan 2016 winner, the big news was revealed by RB Pakistan that theywill now take forward the transformationmission to every girl in Pakistan through “Veet Academy”. They revealed the 5faces of Veet Academy, the power bunch comprises Aamina Sheikh, SarwatGillani, Hareem Farooq, Sidra Iqbal andMasarrat Misbah. “After the successful transformation of contestants in MissVeet Pakistan and the immensely good response by the audience, we have decided to give this transformation opportunity to every single girl in Pakistan through the platform of VeetAcademy” said Fahad Ashraf, the Marketing Director of RB Pakistan.The show had many surprises for the audience, one of which was the presence of Osman Khalid Butt with anexclusive release of a song from theupcoming film Balu Mahi. The show moved on to the most awaited performance by the heartthrob Ali Zafar who rocked the stage and the hearts of the audience with hit songs like Jhoomand Rangeen. In the end he revealed the top 3 contestants who then went into arigorous question answer session with the Miss Veet Judges. The questionswere asked to ensure that the title of Miss Veet Pakistan 2016 was given to the most deserving candidate, and one who can do justice to the title withresponsibility. The night ended withMawra Hocane crowing Zainab Raja as Miss Veet Pakistan 2016, bringing anend to this beautiful journey.

About Veet: 

Veet is the leading name in depilatory products with over 80 years’ experience of developing safe, effective hair removal products that are successfully used by over 30 million women across the world, every year.

About RB: 

Reckitt Benckiser plc (RB) is a British multinational consumer goods company headquartered in Slough, England. It is a producer of health, hygiene and home products.