Mulaqat Sandstorm Seemab Gul Venice Biennale Cinema Mostra

Sandstorm (ملاقات), fiction, 20 minutes (2021)      

Producer, writer and Director

Zara, a schoolgirl in Karachi, shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who then blackmails her.

78 Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica


Seemab Gul

Seemab is a British-Pakistani filmmaker with a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. Her films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue, examining conditions of precarity in society and focusing on the outsider experience. Her portfolio includes documentaries, drama, hybrid films and art installations.

Zahida, her latest documentary, was broadcast on Al Jazeera and it’s trailer has over 12 million views. Seemab’s films have screened in HotDocs, SXSW, Dok Leipzig, Sheffield Doc Fest, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre and many international festivals and galleries. Her work has been supported by Channel 4, CBA WorldView, Al Jazeera and Arts Council England. Seemab was a fellow of the Locarno Open Doors Producers Lab and a Berlinale Talent.


Foundling Museum Commission

Producer | Director


Promo, colour, digital, 3 min. 2015


A promotional video for Britain's oldest public art gallery.





78th Venice Film Festival, Italy 2021

Polyloid Filmfest, Germany 2020

Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, UK 2019

62nd International Leipzig Fest for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany 2019

WOW Festival, Pakistan 2019

17 Degree Festival Internazionale Segni della note, Italy 2019

Human Rights Film Festival, Pakistan 2018

Pakistan International Film Festival, Pakistan 2018

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, USA 2018

London Short Film Festival, UK 2016


Geneva Contemporary Art Centre, Switzerland 2015


Gothenburg Independent Film Festival, Sweden 2014


Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany 2014


Isola Art Centre (Milan) & Villa Ada (Rome), Italy 2015


Sheffield Doc Fest, UK 2012


BASTAU Int Film Festival, Kazakhstan 2011


East London Film Festival, UK 2007


2020 December    ●   Eclectic Mix 2.0 Group Show  | Sanat Initiative, Pakistan

2015 December    ●     Elephant in the Room Group Show  |  Open School East, UK


2015 November    ●     Venice Process  |  55th Venice Art Biennale, Italy


2011 December   ●.    LFS Short Films |  The National Gallery, UK


2008 - 2010  ●   Group Show  |  Motiroti Foundation at various venues in UK, Pakistan and India 


2008 June    ●     Art is Fayre  |  Jago Gallery, UK


2007 December    ●     Group Show  |  No-ID Gallery, UK


2006 June    ●      Ouland  |  Kellarigalleiria, Real Deal, Finland


2001 October     ●       La Merde et La Mort  |  59 Rivoli, France


2000 June      ●      Solo Show  |  Maltings Gallery, UK



Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Multi-media fund 


Awarded MA Scholarship at London Film School by UK Skillset Bursary, the Leathersellers Co. and Tower Hamlets Education Trust Fund     


NADFAS Competition winner – Video art installation for first solo show