Pakistani short film Darling has bagged the Best Short Film Award at the Venice International Film Festival.

According to a press release, "The Orizzonti Jury of the 76th Venice International Film Festival was chaired by Susanna Nicchiarelli and composed of Eva Sangiorgi, Álvaro Brechner, Mark Adams, Rachid Bouchareb."

Darling, which follows the friendship of a boy named Shani and a trans woman called Alina had its world premiere at the festival.

Alina is played by Alina Khan, a young trans woman from Lahore, which is something we appreciate as it shows the importance of representation not just on stage but in the industry as well.

The film has been directed by 28-year-old Saim Sadiq, a film student who went to Columbia University from Lahore.

Now, Darling is gearing up for it's North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival on September 10.