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Faculty & Staff

At TFT, courses are taught by a diverse faculty of accomplished filmmakers, professional practitioners, scholars and writers, representing a wide range of approaches and backgrounds, who have earned national and international distinction in their areas.

Permanent Faculty

  • Tajdar Alam.
    Pride of Performance.
    Advisor Electronic Media.
    Rector, Virtual University
    Managing Director, Virtual Television Network
    CEO, Prime TV – Norway
    Director Programs, TV Asia, UK
    Director Audio Visual, Interflow Communications 

    Profile: A veteran with over  45 years' experience in advertising, electronic media  production and management, Mr. Alam has been associated with renowned national and international media organizations in very senior capacities. He has also participated in international media conferences and forums as a guest and keynote speaker. He has trained hundreds of  TV and film professionals who are successfully serving notable media organizations or working independently at home and abroad. For his extraordinary contributions and unprecedented success in the field of electronic media, he was conferred upon the highest civil award the Pride of Performance by the government of Pakistan.

  • Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi
    Associate Professor
    Incharge of MS Film & TV Program
    PhD Communication Studies, University of Punjab
    MA, Goldsmiths University of London

    Profile: Professor Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi is trained in USA, UK and Norway. She is also Co-Chair of the Gender Communication Section of International Association of Media & Communication Research and was also the Project Director to set up Department of Film & Television at NCA (2003 – 2006). She studied at NCA, Lahore, was awarded Chughtai Award for Excellence in Design. She then received scholarship under FCOSAS to study television production techniques at North East Media Training Centre (European Media School) Tyne & Wear UK and did her MA in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths’ University of London on Chevening and PhD from University of the Punjab Lahore. She has been working for the public and private sectors, and has about 100 television productions and commercials to her credit. She produced 65 SAF Stars Quiz Shows to raise funds for the 9th SAF Games among the seven SAARC nations in Pakistan in 2001. She went on Fulbright to Oklahoma State University, specializing in film research and production. She is internationally published, and her work is included in readings for courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the US Army War College. Presently she is working on “The Censorship of Visual Pleasure in Pakistani Cinema.”

  • Qazi Akhyar Ahmad
    Head of Department - Theatre, Film &Television
    Assistant Professor
    M.Phil Mass Communication and Management, Superior University, Lahore
    M.Sc. in Computer Sciences, PUCIT

    Profile: Qazi Akhyar Ahmad has been teaching at TFT since 2011. He is a full-time faculty member teaching Post Production and Graphics courses. He has worked for 2 years at an advertising agency cum media production house in Lahore. He has worked for 6 years as Program Director at one of the Pakistani prestigious leading TV network channels HUM TV. With his previous years of work in telefilms, dramas, documentaries, magazine shows etc., he brings valuable industry expertise to the editing portion of the program.

  • Sarmad Ibrahim Cheema
    Senior Lecturer
    Masters in Directing Film & Television, Bournemouth University, UK

    Profile: Mr. Sarmad has a Masters in Directing Film & Television from Bournemouth University, UK. He owns and runs a creative agency and is a program producer and RJ at FM-103. He has served as faculty at University of Lahore and Institute of Arts and Culture.

    Email: sarmed.cheema@bnu.edu.pk

  • Usman Rana
    Masters in Music, University of Punjab, Lahore

    Profile: Mr. Usman has a Masters in Music from University of Punjab preceded by Bachelors in Musicology from the National College of Arts. He owns and runs a music agency providing commercial services of sound design and music production. He has been associated with BNU as a member of the visiting faculty and has also taught at the University of Punjab.

    Email: muhammad.usman@bnu.edu.pk

  • Muhammad Shan Aatir
    Teaching Assistant Cum MS TFT Coordinator
    Mphill Mass Communication (In Progress)
    BS (Hons.)Mass Communication Management, Superior University


  • Wahiba Abbas
    Teaching Assistant
    M.Phil Communication Studies, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
    BS. (Hons) Communication Studies, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
    Presented a research paper at National Media Conference 2019 held at NUML Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Visiting Faculty

    • Amjad Islam Amjad
      Pride of Performance, Writer, Poet
      Director (Curriculum Wing) at Punjab Textbook Board, Lahore.
      MA Urdu, University of the Punjab, Pakistan

    • Syed Noor
      Film Director, Writer
      Nigar Award for Best Film Director in 1995, 1996 and 1997

    • Ayub Khawar
      Executive Producer at Dunya TV
      Former Director Producer PTV and GEO Group
      M.A (URDU), Karachi University


      Profile: Mr. Ayub Khawar has worked with majority of popular stars of Pakistan, having directed famous drama serials such as Khwaja and Son, Fishaar, Din, Daldal, Inkaar, Ghareeb-e-Shehar, Qasmi Kahani, Nisaf Sadi Ka Qassi and Kahani Ghar. All of these serials were directed for PTV. Since he left PTV, he has done several serials for ARY Digital as well, the most notable of which was Gulzar Kahani. He is currently working as the Executive Producer of famous infotainment show Mazak Raat on Dunya TV.

    • Mehmood Aali
      Former Executive Program Producer (PTV)
      Master Degree in Journalism (Mass Communication) from The University of Punjab, Lahore

    • Simi Raheel
      TV & Film Artist/Social Activist, Entrepreneur, Academician & Trainer

      Profile: Simi Raheal is a veteran TV and Film artist who has to her credit countless famous TV Serials including Landa Bazar, Daastan, Maan, Dur-e-Shehwar, Manchaley, Najiya, Woh Ishq etc. She has also worked in films such as Khuda K liye and Mein hoon Shahid Afridi. Besides her acting commitments, she is a social activist, entrepreneur, academician and trainer on the areas of gender, media and communications.

    • Salman Shahid
      Theater, Film, TV and Voice Actor

      Profile: Salman Shahid is a highly respected actor of Pakistan who is especially known for his power packed performances in various television plays. Besides being one of the most recognized actors of the Pakistan television industry, he has also worked in many stage plays and films. He has worked in number of Indian films, including 2010's Ishqiya and 2014's Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abhishek Chaubey.

    • Dr. Ahmad Bilal
      Lecturer at University of Punjab and UCAD.
      PhD, NTU, UK

    • Kamran Butt
      Chevening Scholar, Producer at GEO TV
      MPhil scholar (Mass Communication)

    • Imraan Peerzada
      Actor / Director / Writer
      Master Photography Class – Pratt Institute, New York City.

      Profile: Mr. Imraan Peerzada, Founding member and partner – Rafi Peer Theater Workshop -1974 to present, has a large portfolio of work including theater productions, films, musical concerts, and international arts festivals.

    • Ali Tahir
      Actor / Director / Producer

      Profile: During the 1990s, Ali Tahir rose to prominence as a promising actor with tremendous potential. Acting is something that ran in Ali's family as both his parents, Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir, have been associated with show business for decades. He has starred in various Pakistani Dramas, Theater and sitcoms.

      His recent performances have been witnessed in the sitcom 'Main Tujh Se Pyar Karta Hoon', airing on Geo TV and 'Rani', which recently aired on PTV and are much appreciated. He has also starred in the 2003 short film 'Kal', which was aired at the third Kara Film Festival.

    • Zia Ahmad
      MA Film Studies -Kingston University, London
      Creative Director Midas (Pvt.) Ltd

    • Muhammad Ali
      DoP - Visual Prophecy
      Master in Film & TV, Beaconhouse National University

    • Adeel Hashmi
      Actor / Director / Screen Writer
      MFA in Academy of Art University, California, United States

    • Mian Ghazanffer Ali
      MA Political Science, Punjab University Lahore
      Diploma TV and Production Techniques, Pakistan Television Cooperation Academy

    • Ismet Jawwad
      Visual and Performing Artist/dance teacher (B.FA,BNU)
      Group member (vocalist) of Harsakhiyan, Lahored

    • Muhammad Salman Nafees
      Masters in Film from Liverpool Hope University , Liverpool
      Cinematographer having an extensive experience of working on raw cameras like Red, Alexa , Blackmagic

    • Toosheeba Sarwar
      Experienced entrepreneur, business executive and adviser

    • Bilal Sami
      MFA Film - Ohio University (Fulbright Scholar 2009)
      Executive Producer – Media GENIC & KCGL Productions

      Profile: Bilal is a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. His work has appeared on television channels and festivals both in Pakistan and internationally. He was a Fulbright scholar to the U.S. where he completed his MFA in Film from Ohio University in 2012. During his time in the U.S. Bilal produced, directed and wrote a number of short films that have been screened at various international film festivals. He also worked on two hour-long documentaries that aired on National Geographic. His first feature length film titled ‘Lavender Rocks’ which he wrote and directed was shot in Ohio and is currently in post‐production. 
      In 2013-14 Bilal collaborated with the acclaimed Pakistani musician and producer Mekaal Hasan on a short documentary series titled 'Dhun'. Bilal has also written lyrics for the vocalist Zeb Bangash. Their song 'Jaisain milain ajnabi' was featured in the Indian feature film 'Madras Cafe'. 
      Bilal is currently writing his next feature length film ‘Sheher’ which he will produce in collaboration with the acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker and director Mehreen Jabbar. The film will be Executive Produced by Mira Nair.

    • Administrative Staff

      • Iram Taj

        Academic Coordinator (BA Hons. Program)
        MPhil HR (ongoing)
        MBA in Human Resource

      • Mr. Rafique Ahmad

        Video Lab Incharge (TFT)

      • Anjum Nawaz

        Control Room Operator / Studio Supervisor (TFT)

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