Pakistani short film, Darling has been selected to be showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of the Short Cuts lineup.
The director, Saim Sadiq, took to Instagram to make the announcement.
Set in a Lahore dance theatre, the film features upcoming actor Mehar Bano, Abdullah Malik and Nadia Afgan, alongside a transgender actor named Alina Khan.
According to the TIFF website, Darling shows "a naive Shani who helps his trans friend and crush audition for the lead in an erotic dance show. In this whimsical drama, Saim Sadiq depicts the guileless ambition and inevitable compromises of two young adults daring to imagine bolder roles for themselves than society has envisioned."
The director, Saim Sadiq, is a 28 year-old filmmaker from Lahore and a graduate student enrolled at Columbia University in New York. Mahak Jiwani and Nadia Afgan are the film's producers, with Fahad Nabi and Jasmin Tennuci co-producing. Producer of Cake and Laal Kabootar, Mo Azmi, is the director of photography.
The upcoming edition of TIFF will be held from September 5 to September 15, featuring 35 films from film-makers across 30 states and 20 different languages.