Pakistani film-maker Iram Parveen Bilal has made it to Cannes Film Festival this year with her upcoming project Wakhri. She has been selected among 15 directors for Cinefondation’s Atelier programme at the biggest international film fest.
The film-maker recently took to social media and shared the news with her fans. “We are going to Cannes! Pakistan is going to be at Cannes (maybe for the first time? Definitely at L’Atelier)!” she wrote.
Cinefondation’s Atelier selects filmmakers with promising ideas and invites them to Cannes for the entire duration of the Festival, to benefit from the privileged environment offered by the event and accede to international production and distribution.
In an exclusive interview with the Express Tribune, Iram said that she feels honoured over her achievement as Wakhri is the first feature project in the 72-year history of Pakistan. The Physics Olympian turned filmmaker has decided to wear outfits from Pakistani designers at the various galas and dinners, to represent her country better. Iram has multiple films to her name including Aamina Sheikh-starrer Josh: Independence Through Unity.
This year, Pakistani short-film Rani has also made it to Cannes and will be showcased at the short film corner.