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Pakistani producer and filmmaker Jamshed Mehmood Raza, fondly known as ‘Jami’, recently won the Open Doors – TFL (TorinoFilmLab) award at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, acquiring another international acclaim to his overall achievements.

Well that’s very interesting because I was making the video for someone else,” Jami said, all smiles as he received the award. “Again, thank you so much, and this is very surprising, because I really wanted to be part of the next session somehow, somewhere with these people, so this is very interesting. Thank you so much.

FORUM – Open Doors Awards Ceremony

FORUM – Open Doors Awards Ceremony at Locarno FestivalWe are glad to win Torino lab award. For our next film this is a great start.

Posted by Azadfilm company on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jami was one of two Pakistani producers selected to be part of Open Doors Lab, the other producer being Mehnaz Alavi Diwan of Studio Rail Films.

The Open Doors – TFL Award aims at developing the winner’s contacts at an international level, helping them initiate commercial negotiations on the projects currently being developed.

The Open Doors Lab this year is focusing on emerging producers/filmmakers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that are active in developing the local independent film scene and wish to add fruitful international collaborations to the bandwagon, according to the film festival’s website.

Founded in 1946, the Locarno Film Festival is held every year in Locarno, Switzerland.