In the 64 years of the festival, STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT is the first Pakistani narrative short film to be selected to play in-competition. The film has also been nominated in the Best Short Film Category.
Hamza Bangash’s critically-acclaimed short film, STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT, is all set to make it’s UK premiere with the biggest festival in the United Kingdom, BFI: London Film Festival.
Conceived as a ‘festival of festivals,’ the BFI London Film Festival has grown into one of the world’s most important celebrations of the moving image. Now in its 64th year, the festival will have STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT playing alongside Kate Winslet’s latest film, Ammonite, as well as Steve McQueen’s new offering, Mangrove.
The newly-designed BFI Poster- Art by Safwan Subzwari | Titles by Sila Mahdi
In addition, STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT, has been nominated for the Audience Award, to be decided by a new virtual voting process in the Best Short Film Category.
The film features rising star, Mohammad Ali Hashmi, and veteran performer, Adnan Shah Tipu. It tells the story of a young ‘maalishwala’ 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.
As part of BFI: London Film Festival, the film will be available to stream for UK audiences on their virtual portal from October 7th-18th. In addition, live screenings will be held at the landmark BFI Southbank Cinema, along with select London Partner cinemas.
Official Selection BFI: London Film Festival 2020 | Nominee Best Short Film
Posted by Stray Dogs Come Out at Night on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
The Official Trailer
We sat down with the director, Hamza Bangash, and producer, Mina Husain, to discuss what this means for them. We also were joined by the lead actor of the film, Mohammad Ali Hashmi,
Q: A huge congratulations on BFI: London Film Festival. Your film holds the honor of being the first Pakistani film to be selected at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France, and now is the first Pakistani fiction short at BFI! How does it feel to be making history with your short film, STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT ?
HB (Director): I’m totally overwhelmed. We never thought we would be selected. My producer, Mina Husain, and I decided to submit on a whim, and we are both shocked that our little film was selected. We’re still processing it.
MH (Producer):We are honoured to be representing Pakistan at these highly respected festivals. We are very passionate about the stories we tell in our films. The themes that are weaved through Stray Dogs Come Out at Night are relevant to viewers regardless of culture, colour or creed and we look forward to be sharing this film with such a wide international audience
MAH (Actor): Of course it’s disappointing that this is yet another film festival that we cannot attend due to the prevailing Covid situation- but I am so grateful that our film continues to travel and shatter the myths around South Asian toxic masculinity! For the international film community to so warmly receive our film- from France to the US and now London- it’s a dream come true! Stray Dogs Come Out at Night was my film acting debut- and for my first film as a lead role to be reaching such a huge international audience- it’s incredibly exciting.
Q: Well, we wish you all the best for your future productions, and look forward to seeing the film in Karachi soon.
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