Iram Parveen Bilal receives CAPE production grant for ‘Wakhri (One Of A Kind)’ – Deadline

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment has awarded Iram Parveen Bilal a grant that will support the production of his upcoming feature film, Wakhri (one of a kind).

The film, slated for production in 2022, tells the story of a Pakistani social media star who promises to change the status quo by cleverly using her fame for socio-economic impact. The project was invited to the official selection of the Cinéfondation L’Atelier de Cannes 2019, an invitation-only opportunity presented to 15 filmmakers each year.

The grant for Wakhri came to fruition thanks to the support of the CAA Foundation’s Complete Story initiative, which seeks to generate more authentic and fairer storytelling in film and television.

Bilal is a CAPE New Writers Fellowship alumnus who has directed three feature films to date, including I will meet you there. The project finalized under the aforementioned program was one of ten selected for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival Narrative Feature Film Competition, from a pool of 1,305 entries. The Nigerian and Pakistani-bred filmmaker was also highlighted as one of Eight Directors to Watch by the Alliance of Women Directors.

“With this special grant to one of our alumni, CAPE is thrilled to deepen our relationship as a member of the CAA Foundation’s Full Story Initiative Nonprofit Advisory Board and to support Iram Parveen Bilal, whose film I’LL MEET YOU THERE was the first CAPE New Writers’ Fellowship produced feature, ”said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “Iram is a talented storyteller whose films inspire us to imagine and inhabit a world rooted in fairness and compassion, and we are thrilled to support her upcoming feature, WAKHRI (ONE OF A KIND).”

“Authentic storytelling has incredible power in helping people understand who they are and how they relate to the world,” said Maddy Roth, director of the CAA Foundation. “The Full Story Initiative is proud to partner with CAPE which is creating a support network for the next generation of AAPI storytellers. “

“Cinema is a community sport. It gives me immense comfort and immense pride to know that we have champions who see value in the impact-driven stories we want to tell at Parveen Shah Productions, ”added Bilal. “Now, more than ever, it is time to support the voices of the unseen and the unheard of, to unveil truths that have long been made stronger and stronger in the shadows. The WAKHRI team (ONE OF A KIND) could not be more honored and grateful to receive this grant, especially for a film that competes to use social media responsibly and for women reclaiming space, whether virtual or physical.

The CAPE New Writers Scholarship seeks to discover and encourage writers as they launch careers in film and television. The program founded and co-chaired by Emmy-nominated writer, creator and showrunner Leo Chu (Disney Channel’s Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion) and TV director Steve Tao (SVP, Current Programming, The CW) is currently heading into his 10th cycle.

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