Dream, Design, Deliver
I am Mirza Farhan Abbas, 42. For short, Mirzaab. I lived all my early years in Karachi (Pakistan) since birth including formal education which I concluded at University of Karachi (Master in Public Administration / 2003). Later I decided to move to UK, lived there for 3 years and then finally moved to Dubai in 2007. I am currently living here with my family (wife & 2 daughters).
I have been engaged in different professions such as Banking, Surveillance & Security, Merchandising, Education etc. But I always have a passion to excel in the field of Art, Media & Entertainment. The only challenge which I faced during my stay back home was lesser opportunities and fewer platforms. Having said that, I continued to appear in Radio Pakistan (1995-97) performances and few competitions at Arts Council Karachi (1999-2000) or you can say, as and when I got the opportunity. I was avid poem, prose & story writer mainly in Urdu which I am still pursuing with greater zeal and enthusiasm. My writing was also published in local newspapers and magazines.
In addition to my formal education, I am also qualified film director from prestigious New York Film Academy, 2011. Like any other film course; the broader focus of my training was entire filmmaking process from script writing, production and post production with extensive hands-on. Our instructors mainly focused to put things into action rather than close room discussion. My lead tutor was Mr. Norman B. Schwartz who is veteran Hollywood professional and has more than 50 Hollywood classic/modern films under his belt including famous Predator, Die Hard, Total Recall, Road House etc.
Since completion from NYFA, I am constantly directing contents such as short films, documentaries, music videos. Being in Dubai, the major challenge is to arrange finances, right talent and crew. In past 4 years, we’ve seen surge of media related activities for non-locals which includes but not limited to film festivals, theatrical performances and more and more venues, across UAE but mainly Dubai. Having financial problems in producing content, I end up doing almost everything at my own such screenplay, casting, cinematography, sound and light, audio and video editing & color grading. Almost all of the content which I have produced/directed so far are zero budget and end to end one man supervision. By virtue of doing almost everything at my own, I eventually had my own but tiny studio with all basic equipment under my ownership.
Honorable Mention
Ghazi aur Shabnur
London International Monthly Film Festival
London
2023
Award Winner Best Drama
Ghazi aur Shabnur
First Women Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Black Cat Award International Film Festival
‏‎Ciudad La Paz‎‏
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Iconic Images Film Festival
Vilnius
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Indie Cine Tube Awards
Kolkata
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Peace and Coexistence Short Film Festival
Sualimanyah
2022
Winner
Ghazi aur Shabnur
The Gladiator Film Festival
Istanbul
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
International Sound & Film Music Festival
Samobar
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Prestige Film Festival
California
2022
Official Selection
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Cinema of the World International Film Festival
Mumbai
2022
Winner
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Golden Wheat Awards
Istanbul
2022
Finalist
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Athen
2022
Winner
Ghazi aur Shabnur
Robinson Film Awards
Campania
2022
College
New York Film Academy
Digital Filmmaking
20102011
Birth Date
September 19, 1979
Nickname
Mirzaab
Birth City
Karachi
Current City
Dubai
Hometown
Karachi
Gender
Male
"Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts." ~ Albert Einstein
Dream, Design, Deliver