BABLI MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

Samaj Ko Dekho (Look At Our Society) Longer format for our short film BABLI 2020 on Mental Health In Pakistan.

WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR FUNDING

What we are now looking for is completion funding to transfer the Super 8MM to 4K Digital rushes. We have a discount deal with CINELAB LONDON.

Post Production will commence in July/August 2020 and we look to complete the film by the end of 2020.

We have already raised all the finance for pre production and shooting production in Pakistan.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE ANONYMOUSLY AND ALSO CONTACT ANEEL AHMAD DIRECTLY.
WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR PRIVATE SPONSORS / BUSINESSES & INDIVIDUALS. IN RETURN WE ARE HAPPY TO CREDIT AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS.

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Manchester filmmaker Aneel Ahmad's short film 'Babli' has been named as a winning finalist in the global Straight 8 film festival 2019.


Babli is a short documentary, following the life of a middle aged man, suffering from schizophrenia and chronic depression.

The film was shot on a Super 8 cartridge with no editing & premiered during the Cannes Film Festival.
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The Jury members included Oscar winning documentary film director Asif Kapadia, Editor Justine Wright, and cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

The film was also screened at the Regent Cinema in London on the 26th May 2019

We are now looking to make a longer form cinematic documentary on super 8mm

Ahmad said, "I wanted to tell a simple story about the human emotion, the struggles of a man locked in his own world suffering from schizophrenia and from the struggle he and his family faced.

"Its not a subject that is talked about in Pakistan mental illness is seen as a taboo.

"So I just wanted to make a film that would open dialogue and discussion within my own south asian community in the UK and also in Pakistan. Try to raise awareness."

WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR FUNDING

We have already raised all the finance for pre production and production, what we are now looking for is completion funding to transfer the Super 8MM to 4K Digital rushes. We have a discount deal with CINELAB LONDON. Post Production will commence in July/August 2020 and we look to complete the film by the end of 2020

So all funding is for the completion of this short film. The length of the film will be around 15-40 mins  mark.

The film will be screened at various film festivals around the world.

A little about the filmmaker

BIOGRAPHY: ANEEL AHMAD
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The self-taught filmmaker was brought up on the poor estate of Longsight in Manchester. Ahmad was born and raised in a working class family in Manchester (England, United Kingdom)


With no formal training and no film education or qualifications, Ahmad started off making low budget HI8 films with his friends. In 2005 he gained recognition by directing his first short film on a tiny budget of ₤2,500, Waiting For Sunrise. He won the UNICEF award in 2005 for his short documentary Waiting For Sunrise, and also was shortlisted for a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer in 2006. In 2012 his short film BOY IN TREE was long listed for a (BAFTA) British Academy of Film and Television Arts For Best short film & In 2014 his short film CHECKPOST was long listed for a (BAFTA) British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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In his early career, Ahmad gained experience by participating in many prestigious film writing courses; these included TAPS BAFTA, The First Film Foundation, Raindance Film Festival Script development, BBC’s “Writers Room” new writers initiative, The Writers Gym M.A Writers course (London Film School and French Institute)

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In 2008 BABYLON (A European Film Development Initiative) It is an audiovisual development programme assisting filmmakers of migrant and diasporic origin to break through into the international mainstream. He was also part of other film courses such as the NFTS Compass Point Directors Vision 2009/10, a mentoring programme for minorities run by Paul Moody (National film & television school) Some of the film mentors included Oscar BAFTA Winning directors Danny Boyle, Kevin Macdonald, Penny Woolcock and artist director Steve McQueen

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His role models are Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Satyajit Ray, Terrence Malick and documentary filmmaker Peter Watkins. He won the UNICEF award in 2005 for his short documentary Waiting For Sunrise, and also was shortlisted for a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer in 2006. In 2012, his short film Boy In Tree was long listed for a (BAFTA) British Academy of Film and Television Arts & in 2014, his short film Checkpost was long listed for a (BAFTA) British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2019 his short documentary Babli was a winning entry for the Super 8mm Straight 8 Cannes Film Festival.


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