Writer • Director • Producer
Hamza Bangash is an independent filmmaker and playwright. Son of Pakistani immigrants, his childhood was spent between Asia and North America. He attended a number of international schools, after which he gained a place at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He pursued a degree in theatre and film, and was awarded a Bachelor of Honours in Stage & Screen.
While based there he also trained as an actor with Chick Reid and made his first short film BADAL. The film showed at the Cannes Court Métrage at Cannes Film Festival 2014 and the film market program at Palm Springs International ShortFest. Bangash wrote, produced and directed it, a practice he has continued with most of his work to date.
His next short film was an abstract essay on drug abuse- the experimental ANNA IN PIECES. The film was made as part the Modern Fuel Artist-in-Residency program, and received rave reviews at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Subsequently, it was selected for the International Shorts Program at the Tel Aviv LBGT Film Festival.
Based in Karachi, his next project was a return to the stage with the feature play BARAF PAANI, a romantic coming-of-age story starring Amtul Baweja and Hadi Bin Arshad. The play was a theatre circuit favourite, winning best production at the IAM Karachi Arts Festival and selected for the NAPA International Theatre Festival. The production travelled to Islamabad in June, 2015, where it was greeted with standing ovations.
Bangash has also worked on various projects for the ICRC, The Citizens Foundation, BOS and the Pakistani Mental Health Association. He is currently acting as the creative director at CityLights Productions, a Karachi-based production house.
Qalambaaz Screenwriting Fellowship 2015 Alumni
Open Doors - Locarno Film Festival Karachi Workshop 2018 Alumni
Film Talents-Voices from Pakistan & Afghanistan by Goethe-Institut Pakistan & Prince Claus Fund 2017-2018 Fellow