Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to launch mentorship programmes for women filmmakers

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Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wants to empower women storytellers and filmmakers in Pakistan through her newly formed grants and mentorship programme called Patakha Pictures. The two-time Oscar winner took to social media to announce the launch of the new platform. "Telling stories that matter is important to me and I also know how hard it is to find the finances and mentorship to do so. At SOC Films we routinely get emails, calls and visits from young women across Pakistan who want to be able to tell their stories," Chinoy wrote on Instagram. "I'm launching a platform that I hope will help them do so. A small grants and mentorship programme for female filmmakers across Pakistan who want to work in short form storytelling. I hope in a few years from now this platform will enable a filmmaker to represent our country at The Academy," she wrote. Chinoy won her first Oscar with the documentary Saving Face which was released in 2012.