LONDON: Asim Abbasi’s directorial debut, Cake, has won him the award for Best Director at the UK Asian Film Festival London (UKAFF). The festival had hosted a special gala screening of the movie on March 20, followed by a Q&A with some of the cast members and Abbasi.
Abbasi took to Twitter to share the news of his win writing, “Oh wow! So humbled and moved. Thank you UKAFF for the honour.”
— Asim Abbasi (@IllicitusProduc) March 25, 2018
BBC broadcast journalist, Attika Choudhary accepted the award on behalf of the director.
The UK Asian Film Festival offers a comprehensive mix of films, interviews, masterclasses, workshops, live performances, visual arts exhibitions and an annual short film competition. The festival provides a unique platform for Asians working in film and media around the world.
Cake stars Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, Adnan Malik, Mohammed Ahmed, Mikaal Zulfiqar and Beo Zafar in lead roles.
Cake became the first Pakistani movie to have a world premiere at London’s Leicester Square earlier this month and is scheduled for release across Pakistan on March 30.
Mahira Khan’s Verna was also screened at the UKAFF.