Meet Our Team
Hamza BangashFounder & Creative Director
Hamza Bangash is an award-winning Pakistani-Canadian director, screenwriter and producer. An alumnus of both Locarno and Asian Filmmakers Academy, his artistic practice is based out of Karachi. His works have been showcased in film festivals worldwide, including Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand and Palm Springs. Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project won the MPA-AFA First prize award at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 and was selected for Berlinale Talent Project Market 2020. The feature film is intended for a 2022 theatrical release.
Mohammad Ali HashmiCreative Executive
Mohammad Ali Hashmi is a Karachi-based screenwriter, actor and exceptional creative force. His career began in theatre with a highly successful production of GREASE (2016). In 2017, he played the role of an autistic teenager in KHAN. This marked his television debut, and made him a household name. In the same year, he founded and directed his improv comedy troupe IMPROVISTAN one of Pakistan's premiere comedy groups. Through this platform he creates improv shows & digital satire sketches. In 2018, Hashmi’s co-wrote and acted in the film DIA that premiered at 71st Locarno Film festival. He joined CityFM89, hosting his own weekly show on current pop-culture affairs. Hashmi is currently in early stages of development on his next short film, BHAI, the film is intended for a 2020 release.
Huzaifa KhanHead of Production
Huzaifa Khan is a business graduate and an active social worker, with a passion for development and the arts. He has been a part of the core team at CityLights since 2014 and believes in the power of film and theatre to promote socially-driven content in Pakistan. Over the years, Huzaifa has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, under various capacities. In 2013, he founded a free-of-cost, community school, called The Young Patriots Welfare School, inside Karachi’s Neelum Colony.