Hometown: Lahore Age: 31 Years Education: Master Of Fine Arts In Film Direction/Screenwriting
|Profession(s)||Director and Scrip writer|
|Famous for||Being the director and scriptwriter of Joyland|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 9”
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
• Short Film – Pasban (The Caretaker) (2017)
• Feature Film – Joyland (2022)
|Awards||• While pursuing graduation, Saim Sadiq received a Model United Nations (MUN) award
• Vimeo’s Best Director award at Columbia University Film Festival for the short film Nice Talking To You
• Kodak Gold Award for directing Nice Talking To You
|Date of Birth||28 March 1991 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||31 Years|
|Birthplace||Lahore, Punjab Province, Pakistan|
|Hometown||Lahore, Punjab Province, Pakistan|
|School||Saint Mary’s Academy, Pakistan|
|College/University||• Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan
• Columbia University School of the Arts
|Educational Qualification(s)||• BSc (Honours) Anthropology/Sociology
• Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film Direction/Screenwriting Saim Sadiq’s Facebook Account
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Maggie Briggs (filmmaker)|
|Parents||Father– Name not known (retired Pakistan Army officer)
Mother– Name not known
|Siblings||Sister– Abeer Sadiq (Information Technology Analyst at Coles in Melbourne, Australia)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Saim Sadiq
- Saim Sadiq is a Pakistani director who has not only directed several short films but also several documentaries. He came to the limelight in 2022 after his directed film Joyland became the first movie from Pakistan to be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival.
- In February 2011, Saim Sadiq began working for the Pakistan Daily as a writer. He worked there till July 2011.
- From July 2011, Saim Sadiq worked with the Express Tribune as a writer till August 2012.
- While pursuing graduation, Saim Sadiq co-founded Tamasha. a media production company, and produced several documentaries, which were not only aired on national Pakistani TV channels but also on BBC. His documentaries were based on children and religious and ethnic minorities residing in Pakistan.
Logo of Tamasha, Saim Sadiq’s media production company
- In April 2013, Saim Sadiq began working as Director General of LUMUN, where he worked till May 2014.
A photo of Saim Sadiq taken during an event while he was working as the General Director of LUMUN
- On blasphemy laws in Pakistan, Saim Sadiq made a documentary titled Stepmotherland, which was released in 2014.
- Saim Sadiq co-directed Kithay Nain Na Jorin, a Pakistani music video in 2014.
- Saim Sadiq made his directorial debut with the 2017 short film Pasban (The Caretaker), which was showcased at numerous international film festivals.
- Saim Sadiq directed and wrote the script for Nowhere, a 2018 short film.
- In the 2019 short film Darling, Saim Sadiq not only worked as a director but also as a scriptwriter. The film won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and the Special Jury Recognition award at the 2020 SXSW Film Awards.
Saim Sadiq holding Orizzonti Award that he received at the 2019 Venice Film Festival
A photo of Saim Sadiq with the SXSW award that his directed short film Darling received
- Saim Sadiq’s directed 2019 short film Nice Talking To You premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. In the same year, the short film was showcased at the Palm Spring International Film Festival and was shortlisted as the Best Student Film by BAFTA.
- In 2022, Saim Sadiq directed and wrote the script for his first feature film Joyland in which he worked with actors like Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, and Sarwat Gilani.
- Joyland made its world premiere on 23 May 2022 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was shortlisted under the category of Un Certain Regard to compete for the Caméra d’Or award. After the screening of the film at the Cannes Film Festival, the crowd gave a standing ovation. There, the film received Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and the Queer Palm Award.
- On 8 September 2022, Joyland was showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) under the Special Presentations category.
A picture of Saim Sadiq with his colleagues at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
- Joyland was showcased in South Korea at the 27th Busan International Film Festival in the”A Window on Asian Cinema” category on 6 October 2022.
- Joyland was slated to be released in Pakistan on 18 November 2022; however, on 11 November 2022, the film was banned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, even after receiving an “Adult” certification from the Federal and Provincial censor boards. The film was banned by the government after a politician from a religious political party wrote a complaint to the Ministry. In its order, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting stated,
Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ‘decency and morality’ as laid down in the Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979,” the order states. “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 9(2) (a) of the said Ordinance and after conducting a comprehensive inquiry, the Federal Government declares the feature film titled ‘Joyland’ as an uncertified film for the whole of Pakistan in the cinemas which fall under the jurisdiction of CBFC with immediate effect.”
On 16 December 2022, after Saim Sadiq called the Ministry’s order unconstitutional and started a movement on social media seeking the release of the film, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting lifted the ban on the film. The film was released in Pakistan on 18 November 2022 after some erotic scenes were removed from it.
A photo of the Certificate that was issued by the Censor Board of Sindh Province to Joyland
- As of November 2022, the film has won accolades like the Sutherland Award – Honourable Mention at the London Film Festival, the Young Cinema Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), and the Golden Pram award for the Best Feature Film at the Zagreb Film Festival. The film also won the Best Film From The Subcontinent category at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
- In September 2022, Joyland became Pakistan’s official film, which was selected by the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee (PASC) for the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars).
- In a Facebook post, Saim Sadiq wrote that he was not serious about his education during graduation, and he somehow managed to secure a 3.1 GPA. He said,
At LUMS, I genuinely did not give a shit about my academics at all. I somehow managed a 3.1, bunked classes, travelled to seven different countries, made a risky documentary about blasphemy laws for my SPROJ, won Model UN awards, organized an international student conference, failed quizzes, laughed them off, and made friends who genuinely matter to me. And in all this imperfection, I lived the most regretless experience of my life.”
- Saim Sadiq often posts photographs of himself smoking on social media.
Saim Sadiq smoking
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