Four young terrorists come to America on a mission, but end up becoming an overnight success in Hollywood with their script.

  • Haneef Bhatti
    "Love Hurts" - "Q" - "Faceless" - "Happy Valentine's Day" - "Attack of the Killer Rubber Ducky"
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  • Sundance - 2nd round selection
    Los Angeles, CA
    August 19, 2015
    Sundance 2nd round selection
  • Austin Film Festival 2nd round selection
    September 5, 2014
    Austin Film Festival 2nd round selection
  • (Writer's Guild of America) WGFoundation Fest - Los Angeles - Top Ten Scripts
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 15, 2016
    Writer's Guild Foundation - WGFEST Los Angeles Top Ten Scripts
Writer Biography - Haneef Bhatti

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. My father build a movie theater “Amber Cinema” in 1975 (see cover pics).

I studied engineering, fine arts and graphic design (advertising) in Karachi. Had no desire to be a filmmaker until I went to an art school. My love of airbrushing led my interest towards special effects and filmmaking..

Like all the dreamers who come to America to be part of the MAGIC, I too came here to study film.

I was accepted at AFI as the production design major but was not able to get the scholarship. Studied acting instead, did short films, indie features, was also part of the three NAACP Theatre Awards winning play “For the Love of Freedom”, produced by Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre Company.

Finally years of hard work was paying off when I was put on two year “wrongful” deportation proceedings just for being born in Pakistan. There was nothing wrong with my papers. They didn’t allowed me work, go to film school or do anything else. It was crazy.

I started to write to stay sane and end up writing my very first spec script. After almost two years the case was terminated. But they still made sure that I would go back to Pakistan. But miracles do happen and I was able to stay here and pursue my film studies. But it was not easy, I had to start all over.

Since then I have written 8 specs feature scripts. My satirical comedy about terrorism “Pal-Queda” got to the second rounds at Sundance and Austin Film Festival.

“Pal-Queda” and my other (Sci-fi thriller) project “Terra Firma” were amongst the top ten selected scripts at two different WGFest Los Angeles by Writers Guild Foundation.

Right now learning about producing and using my art/design background to design two of my projects called “Attack of the Killer Rubber Duckies” and “Terra Firma”.

"Dateman", my recent short film was a fun project to work on in order to take a break from writing and get back into directing.

I am very grateful to the cast of "Dateman". It was fun working with them all.

Thank you!!!!


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Writer Statement

"Pal-Queda" is unique, powerful and funny as hell.

This is not to make fun of issues but rather look at them from a different point of view. And hopefully deal with them with the better understanding.

Thank you!!!