Director cum actor Usman Mukhtar has made the whole nation proud as his short film ‘Bench’ won the award for the best short film at the South Shore Film Festival, New York.
Making the whole nation feel proud of our work is a dream that we all want to turn into reality. Meanwhile, we can congratulate Usman Mukhtar for his outstanding accomplishment as his short film Bench wins the best short film award at the South Shore Film Festival in New York.
The director cum actor Mukhtar took to his Twitter account to share this exciting news.
“Bench wins at South Shore Film Festival, New York! “
Mukhtar’s short film ‘Bench’ was previously got nominated in the best short film category at the Independent Short Awards Festival in Los Angeles, USA, and the 3rd South Asian Short Film Festival. But in New York Mukhtar’s film win big by taking the top award.
While talking to The Express Tribune, Mukhtar said that the whole team is really happy and excited after receiving the email that they Bench has won the best short film award at the South Short Film Festival in New York.
He also revealed that the judges have to vote by watching the film online amid the COVID-19 situation. According to him the movie has also been submitted various other festivals including Cannes, Busan, and Toronto Film Fest amongst others and are eagerly waiting for their results.
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I do not have words to explain my happiness with you. This is all because of the hard work and dedication of everyone attached to the film, the entire team. This is our first win so I am going to be very emotional. Since as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a film maker. Starting from those vhs cameras to right now. Winning this makes me feel that all the hard ships that I went through, meant something. Thank you all for your support and I cannot wait to share the film with you all. With your prayers, there will be more to come. A very special high five to my co star @rubyachaudhry who is the heartbeat of this film. #bench #southshorefilmfestival #filmfestivalwinner #bestshortfilm
The film is written by Ali Murad, the movie is based on the struggles faced by a couple, Mukhtar and Rubya Chaudhry. The film is full of interesting twists and turn and is purely dialogue based.
The film trailer was revealed on YouTube last month, and the YouTube description best describes the plot, it reads “Very rarely is making the right choice easy (in life). This occasion is no exception either.”
He started his directing career in 2006 by making music videos and short films, while also portraying his acting skills in various stage plays from 2007 onwards. His first appearance on the Big-screen came in 2016 with a role in the movie Janaan.
He was the cinematographer of the 2018’s Parchi movie in which he also played an acting role. While his Television debut only came last year when he starred in a Hum TV drama Anaa, written by Samira Fazal and directed by Shahzad Kashmiri.
Mukhtar planned to screen the film for a limited audience in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. But the ongoing pandemic situation has postponed those plans. Don’t be disappointed! As he is planning to release the film digitally very soon.
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