Pakistani Academy Selection Committee calls for Oscar entries

It is time for Pakistani filmmakers to shine! Therefore, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee invites filmmakers to submit their works for consideration in the International Feature Film Award category of the 95th Academy Awards by Tuesday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

This year’s Oscar Committee is chaired by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who has won two Academy Awards and an Emmy. Other members include musician Ali Sethi, author and scriptwriter Omar Shahid Hamid, film critic Rafay Mahmood, actor, producer, and director Samina Ahmad, TV and film producer Jerjees Seja, screenwriter and director Bee Gul, fashion designer Rizwan Beyg, cinematographer Mo Azmi, and

The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has previously submitted Zinda Bhaag (2013), Dukhtar (2014), Mah-e-Mir (2015), Saawan (2017), Cake (2018), Lal Kabootar (2019), and Zindagi Tamasha (2020) to represent the best of Pakistani cinema for award consideration in the International Feature Film category.

The committee will select one film to represent Pakistan in the competition. A feature-length motion picture (over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America and its territories with a majority (more than 50 percent) non-English dialogue track is considered an international film. In addition, documentary and animated feature films are permitted.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

The country-selected film must be initially released in the country of origin between January 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022. It must be publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theatre for the benefit of the producer and exhibitor.

Submissions must be in 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428-1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000); and image and sound files packaged in “SMPTE DCP” format. SMPTE DCP refers to SMPTE ST 429- 2:2020 D-Cinema Packaging – DCP Operational Constraints and associated standards. (Blu-ray format does not meet Digital Cinema criteria.)

The audio in a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) typically consists of 5.1 or 7.1 discrete audio channels. The minimum number of channels required for a non-mono audio setup is Left, Centre, and Right (a Left/Right arrangement is unsuitable in a dramatic situation). In addition to channel-based audio, an immersive audio bitstream may contain object-based audio.

The discrete audio data format must comply with SMPTE ST 429-3:2007. Sound and Picture Track File, SMPTE ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Packaging Audio Characteristics of the D-Cinema Distribution Master and SMPTE ST 428-12:2013 Soundfield Groups and Common Audio Channels for D-Cinema Distribution. Immersive audio, if available, must be formatted and packaged by SMPTE ST 2098-2:2019 Immersive Audio Bitstream Specification and SMPTE 429-18:2019 DCinema Packaging – Immersive Audio Track File.

The film must be promoted and marketed during its qualifying theatrical release by typical theatrical feature distribution practices. 

Films that obtain nontheatrical public display or distribution before their qualifying theatrical release are ineligible for Academy Awards nomination. Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes

  • Broadcast and cable television,
  • PPV/VOD/DVD distribution,
  • In-flight airline distribution, and
  • Internet transmission.

The recording of the original conversation track and the finished film must be predominately (more than 50 percent) in a language other than English. Include accurate and readable English subtitles.

On September 30, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee will reveal their nomination for award consideration.

For entry forms, submission details and queries, please write to: pakistancommittee@gmail.com