The jury who will choose the winners of the first Pakistan International Screen Awards (PISA) has been revealed in the lead up to the event. The inaugural event will take place on February 7 at Dubai’s Coca Cola Arena.
Experts from various industries comprise the curated jury for the upcoming PISA. In a secret ballot, the jury will vote for the five Critics’ Choice categories. Meanwhile votes are pouring in on the public nomination categories on the PISA website; www.pisa.com.pk. The event will be attended by industry icons as well as up and coming artists from the subcontinent.
Here are the jury members who will select the winners of the inaugural PISA.
Suhail Abdullatif Ibrahim Galadari
Suhail Abdullatif Ibrahim Galadari is the eldest son of late AbdullLatif Ibrahim Galadari and is the director and executive committee member of Galadari Brothers & Co since 2006. Being in a leadership position, Suhail Galadari has successfully led teams of thousands in the multi-industries from media to automotive to hospitality to F&B. Galadari Brothers, based in the UAE for over 50 years, the company has become an expert in introducing global businesses to the UAE including JCB, Mazda, Baskin Robbins, Komatsu, and Khaleej Times among others.
As the CEO and creative head of Catwalk Events and Productions, Frieha Altaf has executed more than 3,000 events, ranging from intimate to enormous, over a span of 30 years. Her forte extends to directing, producing shows, celebrity and model management.
He made his debut in 1974 with Dhamaka and over the last three decades Javed Sheikh has acted in more than 100 films and TV serials in Pakistan and India. As an actor and director, Javed Sheikh has won numerous awards and accolades and is hugely respected versatile star on both sides of the sub-continent border.
The founder and director of The Adopt-a-Camp Foundation, international NGO consultant, former investment banker, certified cordon bleu chef and mother of four, Saher Shaikh is a famed pillar of the Pakistani community.
An adman by day and a poet by night, Faraz Hamidi is the former creative chief of IAL/Saatchi & Saatchi and co-founder and chief creative officer of The D’Hamidi Partnership. Hamidi’s passion for advertising and the communication arts has seen him as a front-runner in Pakistan’s advertising industry for almost 30 years.
Senator Faisal Javed Khan
Faisal Javed Khan is a Pakistani politician who has been a Member of the Senate of Pakistan since March 2018. Khan began his political career in 1996 with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Maria Faisal is the owner of Mesmerise Promotions and co-founder of PISA. Maria grew up watching her father play a critical role in the establishment of Pakistan Television Network.
A senior journalist with over 20 years of experience in writing about films, TV dramas and theatre, Omar Alavi is known for his in-depth interview style with celebrities.
Fashion, filmmaking and aesthetics are the driving force for the young and talented Alina Talha. Alina has played a critical role in developing the format of PISA and fine tuning one of the biggest award ceremonies to be held outside Pakistan.