|Education||MS in Journalism|
|Occupation||Producer, director, columnist and journalist|
|Notable work||Zinda Bhaag Jeewan Hathi|
Mazhar Zaidi (Urdu: مظہر زیدی) is a British Pakistani film producer, artist, journalist, columnist and documentary director. He is best known for producing the 2013 Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag, which earned him international recognition and accolades and became the country's first entry to Academy Awards after a gap of over 50 years. The film also won many international awards. One of his films Gardaab was screened at London Indian Film Festival in June 2017 and Jeewan Hathi was screened at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in August 2017. He along with his partners Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi also recently curated an art exhibition titled 'Art SabKa' focussing on contemporary art inspired by Pakistani Cinema.
As a journalist, filmmaker and documentary maker
Before starting to make feature films, Zaidi was a well known journalist and producer at BBC Urdu UK. Zaidi has been working as a filmmaker/journalist for over 25 years. He served as a senior producer at BBC World in London for over 11 years and produced and directed many documentaries and programs for leading international TV networks including BBC, German TV channel, ARD, ZDF, Sky News and other independent media houses.
In 2006, he launched a project with BBC Urdu online and a group of community based filmmakers working with the NGO Interactive Resource Center (IRC) in Pakistan. The successful project produced more than 16 short documentaries, shot and directed by young filmmakers from small towns across Pakistan.
As a filmmaker and independent documentary maker Zaidi has been involved in a number of documentary projects that screened at international film festivals awhile his projects were broadcast by international channels including, BBC Four, ARD and ZDF.
As a film producer
Zaidi started his career with producing number of documentaries and videos, at different channels and platforms. But established himself as a recognised producer after producing 2013 Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag, Under his own film production Matteela Films which earned him an critical acclaimed and recognition in film world. Zinda Bhaag became one of the highest-grossing of Pakistan and has won many accolades and recognition including an official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at 86th Academy Awards however was out of the competition for the final race. Zinda Bhaag was only the third Pakistani film in 50 years to get recognition at the Oscars, after 1959's The Day Shall Dawn and 1963's The Veil.
Work and filmography
As a producer
|2000||Yeh Hui Na Mardon Wali Baat||Urdu||Short-Film (Director)|
|2013||Zinda Bhaag||Punjabi||Matteela Films (producer)|
|2016||Gardaab||Urdu||Matteela Films (Producer)|
|2016||Jeewan Hathi||Urdu||Zee Essel Group (Pakistan Producer)|
|2016||Rahm||Urdu||Matteela Films (Line Producer)|
As a documentary maker
|2006||Na Namar||English||Docudrama about a London-based Urdu-language gay poet.|
As a journalist
|1991–1994||Feature writer and reporter||The News||Responsible for writing daily reports and weekly features for the Islamabad-based newspaper.|
|1994–1995||Punjab Correspondent||Newsline||Covering and investigating political and social affairs from the largest province of Punjab for the Karachi-based monthly magazine.|
|1995–1997||Senior Reporter||The News on Sunday||Researching, investigating and writing weekly lead Special Reports and features for the weekly from Lahore covering political and social issues.|
|1997–2008||Producer||BBC Urdu Radio Online||Served as a broadcaster / producer / Desk Editor /Video Producer with BBC Urdu, launched video offer online from London and produced a number of programs and documentaries.|
|2008–2010||Editor Current Affairs||Dawn News||Served at the current affairs department at Pakistan's premier English language TV channel Dawn news. Responsible for managing the team and supervising production of daily and weekly content for TV and commissioning documentaries.|
|2010–2011||Series Editor||BBC Urdu TV Project||Developed concepts and produced current affairs programs and liaising with local partner TV channels and managing the production team.|
|2002–present||chief executive officer||Matteela Films Pvt Ltd||Produced, directed feature and documentaries films. Zinda Bhaag was producers under the banner of Matteela Films.|
Zaidi also worked independently contributing a chapter to West and the Muslim World a publication by Transnational Institute, Germany also he exhibited as a Communication Consultant in non-governmental sector and served as a director, short video documentary for the British Council where his work was developing, conceptualising and producing a short video for the International Inspiration, London 2012's international sports legacy program.
|Date of ceremony||Award||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|25 May 2014||ARY Film Awards||Best Film Jury||Mazhar Zaidi||Won|
|Best Actress Jury||Amna Ilyas||Won|
|Best Film Viewers||Mazhar Zaidi||Nominated|
|Best Director||Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Khurram Patras||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Amna Ilyas||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Gohar Rasheed and Salman Ahmad||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Naghma||Nominated|
|Best Star Debut Male||Khurram Patras||Nominated|
|Best Star Debut Female||Amna Ilyas||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Comic Role||Zohaib Asghar||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Negative Role||Nasiruddin Shah||Nominated|
|Best Original Music||Sahir Ali Bagga||Nominated|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||Nominated|
|Best Female Playback Singer||Iqra Ali||Nominated|
|Best Story||Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi||Won|
|Best Background Score||Sahir Ali Bagga||Won|
|14–16 August 2013||8th Annual Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival||Best Film||Mazhar Zaidi||Won|
|Best Actor||Khurram Patras||Won|
|Best Music||Sahir Ali Bagga||Won|
- "Mazhar Zaidi Short Story". Culture Unplugged. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Pakistan sends official entry to Oscars after 50 years". Arab News. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "The Pakistani Academy Selection committee nominates Zinda Bhaag for Oscar consideration". Apnahub. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Pakistani film 'Zinda Bhaag' out of Oscar race". Tribune. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Zinda Bhaag Dominates in ARY Film Awards". Latest Life Style. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Zinda Bhaag wins four awards in Toronto festival". The News. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Did you know?: Zinda Bhaag wins four awards in Canada". Tribune. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.