Kainat Thebo, BNU's MS Film & TV Graduate, Garners Global Recognition with Award-Winning Films and Scholarly Contributions
In a trailblazing journey that spans continents and accolades, Kainat Thebo, a graduating student from the Theatre, Film, and TV Department (TFT) at the School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC), BNU, continues to make waves in the film industry. Kainat recently received a prestigious grant/film fund from Seeds of Peace NY and the US Consulate, alongside two Pakistani and three Indian filmmakers, resulting in the creation of the captivating fiction film, "Viral." This cinematic endeavor, shot in Karachi and Bombay, premiered in Dubai and has since been selected for numerous acclaimed film festivals worldwide.
"Viral" clinched the Best Short Fiction Film award at the Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival in India, a testament to Kainat's storytelling prowess. Notably, her films are now showcased at 15 film festivals across 9 countries and 4 continents, with her documentary film, "Master Saleem," earning an official selection at the Gandhara Independent Film Festival 2023. Further, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's The Red Carpet orchestrated the release of Kainat Thebo's grant-winning film "Viral" in a private ceremony in Karachi on September 22, 2023. The exclusive event, arranged by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (SOC Films) in collaboration with the US Consulate Karachi, saw the presence of Jesse Epstein, the American Sundance award-winning filmmaker who supervised Kainat Thebo's film project. His attendance added a special touch, celebrating their remarkable performance.
Beyond her cinematic achievements, Kainat Thebo has proven to be a thought leader in the industry. Her profile was published in a special November 2023 edition of a US-based film organization, recognizing her significant award-winning film and acknowledging the filmmakers who collaborated on her projects. She was also invited as a guest speaker at two prominent events in Sindh in November 2023, addressing the "Digitalization of Sindh's Heritage" at the 4th Latif Art & Literature Festival and presenting on "How Film Medium Can Make a Difference for the Environment" at the Sindh Community Foundation in Hyderabad.
Kainat's impact extends to the literary sphere, with her interviews featured in Kawish, a well-known Sindhi newspaper, and her profile published in the Sindh Language Authority's Encyclopedia Sindhiana.
Kainat Thebo's journey, supervised by acclaimed filmmaker Jesse Erica Epstein, stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the US Department, Seeds of Peace, and SOC Films in supporting her creative endeavors. Her film "Viral" continues to captivate audiences, recently being selected for the IFFSA Toronto 2023 and shortlisted by The Tasweer Film Festival 2023, marking a remarkable chapter in Kainat Thebo's cinematic odyssey.
As Kainat Thebo's extraordinary journey continues to illuminate the global cinematic stage, Beaconhouse National University stands with immense pride in celebrating her unparalleled achievements. Kainat's success is a testament to BNU's unwavering commitment to fostering academic excellence, creativity, and innovation. The Department of Theatre, TV and Film at the School of Media and Mass Communication serves as a vibrant hub, providing a dynamic platform for students to not only dream but to achieve remarkable milestones in the ever-evolving landscape of film and television. Kainat's journey exemplifies the pinnacle of artistic prowess that BNU aspires to cultivate in each student, reinforcing our commitment to nurturing exceptional talent that transcends borders. Heartfelt congratulations are extended to Kainat Thebo for not only bringing pride to BNU but also etching an unforgettable mark on the global stage of filmmaking.