We are thrilled to announce that Hamza Bangash’s new short film, Stray Dogs Come Out at Night, will be having it’s World Premiere at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the biggest international film festival dedicated to short films. It is held annually in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes. Considered to be the Cannes for short films, 2020 had over 7000 submissions with only 80 films selected. Stray Dogs Come Out at Night is one of the 80 films that made the cut, and will be competing as part of the International Competition.
It is the first Pakistani film to be selected in the history of the festival.
The film marks the debut of young actor, Mohammad Ali Hashmi, who plays the role of the protagonist, a sensitive young ‘maalishwala.’ Playing the role of his uncle, is veteran film and television actor, Adnan Shah Tipu.
The film is about Iqbal, a ‘maalishwala‘ by profession, who cannot come to terms with his illness. He convinces his uncle to take a day trip to the beach, desperate for respite. The Arabian sea beckons.
We sat down and spoke to the writer-director-editor, Hamza Bangash, about his incredible achievement, and what the film means to him and his team.
HB: I can’t believe our little film made it to the world’s biggest film festival. I’m so proud of my cast and crew for pulling it off. This film was made on a nothing budget- with everyone pouring in their heart and soul- and to be recognized at one of the world’s best film festivals- is more than I could have dreamed of. We took a huge risk. I’m so grateful that it paid off. When you look at our chances, we had a 1% chance of being selected. The odds are ridiculous, and stacked against us. But we did it.
Hamza Bangash on set with Mohammad Ali Hashmi
The film is produced by CityLights Media Productions and Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). UK-based executive producer, Mina Husain, Pakistan-based producer, Carol Noronha, production-designer Huzaifa Khan and cinematographer Yasir Khan of Cinematech are the same team behind Bangash’s 2018 critically acclaimed short, Dia.
We congratulate the team on their achievement and on putting a spotlight on Pakistani cinema. Bangash will travel to attend the festival in France in February. It seems like 2020 will be a banner year for independent Pakistani cinema!
More information about the film can be found here.