A great story can change lives, change laws, and can even change the world. Whether it is a documentary, digital campaign, commercial or narrative film, the passionate team at Jawad Sharif Films is breaking stereotypes through ideas and films and challenges itself to discover unexplored nuances in human stories. Jawad Sharif Films is a full-service video and multimedia production company serving anywhere in the world. The unique advantage of working with us is our unrivaled approach to bringing cinematic quality to every project we take on, whether it’s intended for a television, film, commercial, or corporate audience.
From partnering with international film production companies to not-for-profit organizations of global repute, Jawad Sharif Films has set new standards in the local industry. With flagship projects such as “Indus Blues” and “K2 and the Invisible Footmen,” the work from JSF has been screened in dozens of film festivals in 6 continents for more than 5 years. This includes several prestigious award wins with special mentions at some of the best film platforms around the world.
Combining filmmaking innovation, dedication to detail and creative flair.
We craft our films with the ingredients to inspire social impact.
About the Director – Jawad Sharif
Jawad was awarded a scholarship at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television in 2016. He is also an alumnus of the Swedish Institute and Institut Fur Auslandsbeziehunge, Germany. Sharif’s work has received several international and national recognitions including Grand Jury Prize for Crystal Award at Guam International Film Festival and the Gold Award at Spotlight Doc Awards. He was selected as a TED Fellow and Speaker in 2022 for his achievements in filmmaking and the potential impact of his work. He won the PSL Our Heroes Award for his achievements in the field of art in Pakistan.
Jawad is drawn to stories that are deeply rooted in the local culture. His films highlight the diverse, plural, and resistant culture of Pakistan. Jawad has directed and produced Indus Blues (2019), Natari (2021), The Color of Smog (2022), The Losing Side (2023), K2 and the Invisible Footmen (2015), and Beyond the Heights (2013) among others. His recent film “The Losing Side” has won the award for Best Human Rights Film at the Cannes World Film Festival. “Indus Blues” has won the Grand Jury Prize for Crystal Award at GIFF, United States and won the Gold Award at Spotlight Doc Awards. In addition to that film has been nominated in several other prestigious international film festivals including CPH:DOX – Denmark. His film Natari was part of the official selection of the Climate Crisis Film Festival 2021, which was held in line with the COP26 in Glasgow, UK. Jawad has also won several awards for “K2 & the Invisible Footmen,” which has screened in film festivals around the world.
Jawad is the founder of several initiatives that employ filmmaking to inspire social change and climate justice. Jawad’s initiative Climate Kahani addresses the urgent issue of conflicts driven by climate change through visual storytelling. To inspire social change through films Jawad has founded a non-profit initiative called Cinema for Change. It facilitates filmmakers to tell stories using the power of visual storytelling to explore, educate, empower, and act.
Jawad is also the Festival Director of the Asia Peace Film Festival and a jury member of the Jaipur Library Academy Awards, India. Other than filmmaking, Jawad serves as an advisory board member of a not-for-profit organization “Forum for Dignity Initiatives,” which helps protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities in Pakistan.
“Although, I enjoy doing fiction, documentary is something that fulfills my passion for freedom of speech. One can’t have that sort of freedom in commercial arenas of entertainment and fiction.” – May 6 2019, The News
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