Usman Mukhtar Passionate about everything related to films and filmmaking, he started his career as an independent director, cinematographer and actor 12 years ago in Islamabad. A Graduate in Journalism, Usman started experimenting with cinematography and editing at an early age when he used to compile tribute videos for his favourite wrestlers. Usman Mukhtar is a Pakistani actor, director, producer and cinematographer.
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023
Gulabo Rani, 2023, Usman Mukhtar Gulabo Rani is an Internationally acclaimed short film about a young boy, Akhtar, is accepted into a 150 year old university and due to an administrative fluke, he finds himself housed in the dilapidated "Wing C" of the dorms. During his initial interactions with students, he becomes aware of the stories of haunting and despair that are associated with the long abandoned wing. Not believing in the paranormal, he is initially unbothered by the increasingly strange occurrences that start to take place around him but later on is forced to doubt his convictions. Akhtar also becomes the target of mockery, ridicule and bullying by some of his peers, adding to his psychological distress. Tormented and alone, he finds himself face to face with a horror far greater than he could have ever imagined.
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2020
BENCH is about a young couple who are at a crossroad of their relationship where leaving each other is just as difficult as staying together. They meet again at their favourite spot to resolve their conflict, once and for all.
Winner: Best Short Film at South Shore Film Festival, New York, 2020
Finalist: Cannes International Independent Film Festival – CIIFF, 2020; Independent Shorts Awards, LA, 2020
Official Selections: 3rd South Asian Film Festival, Kolkata, 2020; Prisma; IffsaToronto, FiLUMS, 2020