Pakistani Directors Unite: First-Ever Directors Guild Formed in Karachi

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In a groundbreaking move, directors from Pakistan’s film, TV, and digital industries have come together to form the Directors Guild Pakistan (DGP), the country’s first and only official body for directors. The announcement was made at an oath-taking ceremony in Karachi on Sunday, 18th June, though the association had been in the works since 2016.

The DGP governing body boasts an impressive lineup, including Rafay Rashdi, Shahzad Nawaz, Saife Hasan, Mehreen Jabbar, and Wajahat Rauf. Misbah Khalid, a renowned director, has been chosen as the founding president of the guild.

Motive Behind the Guild

The primary goal of the Directors Guild is to provide training, mentorship, and support to young and aspiring directors in Pakistan. By fostering a sense of community and collaboration, the guild aims to elevate the quality of work produced by Pakistani directors and strengthen the country’s film, TV, and digital industries.

The formation of the DGP marks a significant milestone in the Pakistani entertainment industry, as it demonstrates the directors’ commitment to nurturing talent and promoting excellence in their field. The guild is expected to pave the way for a bright future for Pakistani directors and contribute to the growth and success of the country’s thriving entertainment sector.

If we have to negotiate with someone or there is a conflict resolution, we do it as an association not privately. The outcome is more positive in that case. There is representation of actors, writers and directors worldwide, so it is never too late to have one in Pakistan,” Wajahat Rauf said while speaking to media at the event.

Directors Guild to Address Industry-Related Issues

With the establishment of the Directors Guild Pakistan, the country’s directors now have an official platform to address industry-related issues, collaborate on projects, and work towards the betterment of the entertainment landscape in Pakistan. The DGP is poised to be a game-changer, ushering in a new era of creativity, innovation, and excellence for Pakistani directors and their audiences.


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