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Patakha Pictures, is an initiative launched by two-time Academy Award and four-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute and British Council. The programme is exclusively for women filmmakers and has just announced its first funding and mentorship programme, Pakistan Stories.

Sharmeen took to Instagram and shared the news:

“Patakha Pictures launches “Pakistan Stories”. I am proud to announce the details of our funding & mentorship programme for female Pakistani filmmakers, Pakistan Stories, in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute [SDI] and the British Council!” she wrote in the caption.



“Interested female filmmakers can apply for this programme,” she continued and added a link in her bio.

“The last date to submit applications is 23rd February 2022, and the announcement of shortlisted applicants will be done shortly after – the Pakistan Stories programme will commence from March 2022 onwards,” she announced.

Read: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to empower women storytellers and filmmakers in Pakistan through Patakha Pictures

Patakha Pictures is a grant which will provide funding and mentorship to the next generation of emerging women filmmakers and storytellers working on powerful, thought-provoking works of fiction and non-fiction. The programme was launched to celebrate 75 years of Pakistan through the female gaze.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is on a mission to empower women, had earlier released a short film titled Women in Media that addresses the struggles and oppression women working in the media industry face on a regular basis. The short film is part of the ‘White in the Flag’ initiative that aims to give voice to the minorities in Pakistan and highlight the issues they face.


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