HIP Exclusive: Rani to be Premiered at the LGBTQ+ Film Festival in San Francisco

The news was shared to HIP by the producer Akbar Allana...
Published 13 Jun, 2019 03:44pm

One thing which even this year we are thrilled to see is how fantastic the Kami Sid starrer short film 'Rani' which revolves around a transgender who refuses to indulge in socially unacceptable activities to earn her livelihood has been doing since the past year the world over. After winning a European award as well as numerous accolades in various film festivals, the film premiered in Pakistan and if that was not enough also got featured on BBC World News and became part of a special showcase of films at the short film corner of the Cannes Film Festival!

And if that was not enough than according to the latest news revealed to us by Producer Akbar Allana Rani is all set to be part of the Transtastic section of Frameline 43, San Francisco where it will be premiered at the LGBTQ+ Film Festival On June 24.

Read: 'Rani' to be Showcased at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival

Produced by Rizvilia Productions and Gray Scale, 'Rani' has been written and directed by Hammad Rizvi, who also won the NBC Universal Short Film Award in Los Angeles last year for the best outstanding writer.

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Pakistani film Rani has just won the Outstanding Writer Award at the prestigious NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, in Los Angeles. In attendance at the star studded event were Director Hammad Rizvi and Lead Actress Kami Sid - who was dressed exclusively in a dress designed by Deepak and Fahad. Rani is a unique story about a transgender Pakistani woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned child. Written and directed by Hammad Rizvi, the film stars Kami Sid, Maaz Khan and Hina Pathani. It has been produced by Akbar Allana and Sara Siddiqi. The film has previously won the Fox Inclusion Award at Outfest LA, and has screened at numerous festivals including Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, New York Asian American Film Festival, Seattle Tasveer, and many more. After filming, the lead actress Kami Sid became Pakistan's first trans model. She is an equal rights leader and ambassador for the region's LGBTQ community. Hammad Rizvi is a Pakistani-American writer and director, currently working in Los Angeles. Having lived in various parts of the world, his films often tackle topics that are as diverse as they are raw. Hammad holds an MFA from UT-Austin and is working towards his first feature film. GrayScale is an award winning boutique film production company, with an unparalleled reputation for creating high quality, accessible and thought provoking films. Their films have won accolades worldwide, whilst challenging stigmas such as mental health, addiction, transgender issues, and persons with disabilities in Pakistan. #GrayScaleFilmTV #RaniShortFilm #HammadRizvi #KamiSid #NBCUShortsFest

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Besides Rani the other short films which will be shown at the festival alongside our film includes the likes of Desperately Seeking Shavers from Australia and Prisoner of Society From Georgia to name a few.

With us immensely happy with the amount of love Rani is being shown the world over we at HIP would once again like to wish the entire team all the very best for the screening and hope it turns out to be a massive hit!