We specialize in creating innovative content for film, television and digital.
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 won the inaugural Audience Award at Locarno Shorts Week 2020.
Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project won the MPA-AFA First prize, Award of Excellence, at the Busan International Film Festival 2019. In 2020, it was the first Pakistani fiction project to be selected for the Berlinale Talent Project Market.
The feature film is intended for a 2021 theatrical release.
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 HusainProducer, 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 KotzathanasisAsian 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.