ABOUT CITYLIGHTS

We specialize in creating innovative content for film, television and digital.

Hamza Bangash

Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker.
 In summer 2019, Bangash became the first Pakistani to be
selected for the prestigious Locarno Filmmakers Academy.
In fall 2019, Bangash was invited to join
the illustrious ranks of the Asian Film Academy 

A graduate of Queen’s University ’14, his artistic practice is based out of Karachi, Pakistan. In Karachi, he founded boutique production house- CityLights Media- in 2015. Through this platform, he creates short fiction films, stage plays, digital documentaries and commercials. 

Dia (2018), his debut short film, is an exploration of a young woman’s grief-induced spiral into a terrifying condition. The film had it’s world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival, and received critical acclaim.

Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project has been selected for Locarno Open Doors Lab 2018 and  won the MPA-AFA First prize, Award of Excellence, at the Busan International Film Festival 2019.

The feature film is intended for a 2021 theatrical release.

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CITYLIGHTS PRODUCTIONS is a Karachi based production company specializing in innovative and socially-driven content. With award-winning filmmaker Hamza Bangash at its helm, CityLights aims to create daring cinema that promotes marginalized stories in Pakistan. From exploring the ramifications of an interfaith marriage to tackling the stigma of mental illness, CityLights intends to be the driving force behind daring independent Pakistani cinema that has the ability to reach international audiences.

I’ve worked with CityLights for almost two years. They’re hardworking and passionate and are producing great quality work!

Mina Husain

Producer, United Kingdom Medical Aid Foundation

Having its World Premiere in Locarno, “Dia” is one of the most impressive shorts to come out of Pakistan.

Panos Kotzathanasis

Asian Movie Pulse

This film has literally shocked me….If I had to award a prize, I would give it to this filmmaker for making tangible the mental discomfort, pain and anguish of the protagonist.

ETiCinforma

Dia Reviews from Locarno Film Festival

Team Members

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Hamza Bangash

Founder & Creative Director
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Mohammad Ali Hashmi

Head of Business Development
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Huzaifa Khan

Head of Production