LAHORE (PR) -  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 by August 25th 2014, 5pm.

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.

The committee is chaired by Emmy and Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and includes Mehreen Jabbar (veteran of the industry, with a prolific career as Director/Producer of gritty, hard-hitting films for Pakistani Television),

Mohsin Hamid (author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia), Ali Zafar (Pakistani actor, music composer and singer-songwriter), Akifa Mian (writer, director and assistant professor of Film at Beaconhouse National University), Framji Minwalla (professor at IBA whose research and teaching interests include Performance history, visual and cultural studies, film studies, media and communications and all forms of theory), Samina Peerzada (film actress and director who has appeared in numerous films and television serials), Iram Parveen Bilal (director of JOSH and CEO and Founder of Parveen Shah Productions, a film production company with offices in Pakistan and Los Angeles),

Meesha Shafi (actress, model and a singer who has appeared in Pakistani, Hollywood and Bollywood films such as Waar, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Rohail Hyatt (Pakistani musician, songwriter and founder of Coke Studio), and Nadia Jamil (Pakistani actress known for Raat Chali Hay Jhoom Ke, Meray Paas Paas and Beauty Parlor ).

 The 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. Please find attached the official press release announcing the ‘Call for Oscar Submission’ which also includes the eligibility criteria for your reference.