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Uzma is an award-winning film producer and co-founder of Little House Productions. She is the creative inspiration and driving force behind the company which focuses on bringing subversive stories to global audiences.
Her latest feature, Nirpal Bhogal’s FIRSTBORN premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 ahead of a worldwide sale to Netflix. Her first feature THE INFIDEL was released internationally receiving critical and commercial acclaim, spawning a musical and Bollywood remake DHARAM SANKAT MEIN that was released by Viacom. She was Executive Producer of multi award winning documentary FLYING PAPER and Mo Naqvi’s upcoming documentary feature on Qandeel Baloch. Her current slate includes projects with Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, comedian David Baddiel and novelist Nikesh Shukla as well as co productions with Eastman dance company and the British Film Institute.
In addition to Little House Productions, Uzma consults for international film funds including Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Doha Film Institute and Harvardwood, the official network of Harvard alumni in the entertainment and media industries. She sits on selection committees for the British Independent Film Awards, Film London and Mira Nair’s Maisha Filmmaking Labs.
Prior to producing independently, Uzma was head of development at Slingshot Productions, with creative and commercial responsibilities across its entire slate. She has worked across four continents, for independents and studios, with companies including Focus Features, The Salt Company and Tribeca Film Festival on the development, production and exploitation of feature films.
In 2010, Uzma was nominated by HRH Prince’s Trust for a Mosaic Arts & Culture Award; in 2012, she was nominated for the Asian Woman of Achievement Award and became a Women of the Future Ambassador; and in 2013 she was awarded the British Muslim Award for Services to Creativity.
She graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff with first class honours in English Literature and went on to read Film and Literature at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where she was a Kennedy Scholar.
BASED IN: London
LANGUAGES: English and Urdu/Hindi