Faculty & Staff
At TFT, courses are taught by a diverse faculty of accomplished filmmakers, professional practitioners, scholars and writers, representing a wide range of approaches and backgrounds, who have earned national and international distinction in their areas.
Professor and Dean
PhD Mass Communication, University of Karachi
Profile: Dr. Taimoor-ul-Hassan is Professor and Dean of School of Media and Mass Communication at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Dr. Hassan has 31 years of experience in media education, research and profession with 40 research publications in HEC recognized journals. His one book is published and two others are in progress. During his media professional career, Dr. Hassan worked as an Editor in a renowned English newspapers and wrote over 2,000 articles and editorials. Dr. Hassan is a HEC-Registered PhD Supervisor, Member of HEC Mass Communication Curriculum Committee, Member of HEC Text Book, Monograph Evaluation Committee, Member of Punjab Public Service Commission Selection Committee and Punjab Public Service Commission Curriculum Committee. He is a reviewer of national and international journals, a member of professional bodies and a member of Selection Board and Board of Studies of many universities. He has also worked as master trainer of television channels, communication specialist for Semiotic/ Canadian International Development Agency and new media specialist for various projects.
Advisor to Dean, Electronic Media
Manager Director, Virtual Television Network
CEO, Prime TV – Norway
Director Programs, TV Asia, UK
Director Audio Visual, Interflows Communications
Profile: A veteran with over 45 years experience in advertising, electronic media production and management, Mr.Alam has been associated with renowned national and international media organizations in very senior capacities. He has also participated in international media conferences and forums as guest and keynote speaker. He has trained Hundreds of TV and film professionals who are successfully serving notable media organizations or working independently at home and abroad.
Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi
PhD Communication Studies, University of Punjab
MA, Goldsmiths University of London
Profile: Professor Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi is trained in USA, UK and Norway. She is also Co-Chair of the Gender Communication Section of International Association of Media & Communication Research and was also the Project Director to set up Department of Film & Television at NCA (2003 – 2006). She studied at NCA, Lahore, was awarded Chughtai Award for Excellence in Design. She then received scholarship under FCOSAS to study television production techniques at North East Media Training Centre (European Media School) Tyne & Wear UK and did her MA in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths’ University of London on Chevening and PhD from University of the Punjab Lahore. She has been working for the public and private sectors, and has about 100 television productions and commercials to her credit. She produced 65 SAF Stars Quiz Shows to raise funds for the 9th SAF Games among the seven SAARC nations in Pakistan in 2001. She went on Fulbright to Oklahoma State University, specializing in film research and production. She is internationally published, and her work is included in readings for courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the US Army War College. Presently she is working on “The Censorship of Visual Pleasure in Pakistani Cinema.”
Qazi Akhyar Ahmad
Assistant Professor and Officiating Head of Department of Theatre, Film &TV
M.Phil Mass Communication and Management, Superior University, Lahore
M.Sc. in Computer Sciences, PUCIT
Profile: Qazi Akhyar Ahmad has been teaching at TFT since 2011. He is a full-time faculty member teaching Post Production and Graphics courses. He has worked for 2 years at an advertising agency cum media production house in Lahore. He has worked for 6 years as Program Director at one of the Pakistani prestigious leading TV network channels HUM TV. With his previous years of work in telefilms, dramas, documentaries, magazine shows etc., he brings valuable industry expertise to the editing portion of the program.
Nasir Ali Mazari
MS Film & TV
MA Film& TV (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Diploma in Video Production, National College of Arts, Lahore
Diploma in Multimedia Engineering, College of Tourism &Multimedia Computing, Lahore
Profile: Nasir has been teaching at TFT since 2012 as a permanent faculty member. He teaches Cinematography, Documentary, Production basic etc. His film won National award in Filums 2012. He worked in the Documentary project “One Day on Earth” by American Director Kyle Riddick as Cinematographer from Pakistan. His recent work was a Documentary named “The Language of Love” with Tamil British Singer Susheela Raman. His latest film as Writer and actor “Jahan Ara” was selected and screened at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Nasir is planning to work on a feature length documentary in near future.
Muhammad Shan Aatir
Mphill Mass Communication (In Progress)
BS (Hons.)Mass Communication Management, Superior University
MS Film & TV (In Progress)
BS (Hons.) Computer Science, NCBA&E
Amjad Islam Amjad
Pride of Performance, Writer, Poet
Director (Curriculum Wing) at Punjab Textbook Board, Lahore.
MA Urdu, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Film Director, Writer
Nigar Award for Best Film Director in 1995, 1996 and 1997
Executive Producer at Dunya TV
Former Director Producer PTV and GEO Group
M.A (URDU), Karachi University
Profile: Mr. Ayub Khawar has worked with majority of popular stars of Pakistan, having directed famous drama serials such as Khwaja and Son, Fishaar, Din, Daldal, Inkaar, Ghareeb-e-Shehar, Qasmi Kahani, Nisaf Sadi Ka Qassi and Kahani Ghar. All of these serials were directed for PTV. Since he left PTV, he has done several serials for ARY Digital as well, the most notable of which was Gulzar Kahani. He is currently working as the Executive Producer of famous infotainment show Mazak Raat on Dunya TV.
Former Executive Program Producer (PTV)
Master Degree in Journalism (Mass Communication) from The University of Punjab, Lahore
TV & Film Artist/Social Activist, Entrepreneur, Academician & Trainer
Profile: Simi Raheal is a veteran TV and Film artist who has to her credit countless famous TV Serials including Landa Bazar, Daastan, Maan, Dur-e-Shehwar, Manchaley, Najiya, Woh Ishq etc. She has also worked in films such as Khuda K liye and Mein hoon Shahid Afridi. Besides her acting commitments, she is a social activist, entrepreneur, academician and trainer on the areas of gender, media and communications.
Theater, Film, TV and Voice Actor
Profile: Salman Shahid is a highly respected actor of Pakistan who is especially known for his power packed performances in various television plays. Besides being one of the most recognized actors of the Pakistan television industry, he has also worked in many stage plays and films. He has worked in number of Indian films, including 2010's Ishqiya and 2014's Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abhishek Chaubey.
Dr. Ahmad Bilal
Lecturer at University of Punjab and UCAD.
PhD, NTU, UK
Chevening Scholar, Producer at GEO TV
MPhil scholar (Mass Communication)
Actor / Director / Writer
Master Photography Class – Pratt Institute, New York City.
Profile: Mr. Imraan Peerzada, Founding member and partner – Rafi Peer Theater Workshop -1974 to present, has a large portfolio of work including theater productions, films, musical concerts, and international arts festivals.
Actor / Director / Producer
Profile: During the 1990s, Ali Tahir rose to prominence as a promising actor with tremendous potential. Acting is something that ran in Ali's family as both his parents, Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir, have been associated with show business for decades. He has starred in various Pakistani Dramas, Theater and sitcoms.
His recent performances have been witnessed in the sitcom 'Main Tujh Se Pyar Karta Hoon', airing on Geo TV and 'Rani', which recently aired on PTV and are much appreciated. He has also starred in the 2003 short film 'Kal', which was aired at the third Kara Film Festival.
Masters in Music from University of the Punjab
Musicologist, Guitarist, Author, Song Writer and Music Producer.
MA Film Studies -Kingston University, London
Creative Director Midas (Pvt.) Ltd
DoP - Visual Prophecy
Master in Film & TV, Beaconhouse National University
Actor / Director / Screen Writer
MFA in Academy of Art University, California, United States
Mian Ghazanffer Ali
MA Political Science, Punjab University Lahore
Diploma TV and Production Techniques, Pakistan Television Cooperation Academy, Islamabad
Experienced entrepreneur, business executive and adviser
MFA Film - Ohio University (Fulbright Scholar 2009)
Executive Producer – Media GENIC & KCGL Productions
Profile: Bilal is a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. His work has appeared on television channels and festivals both in Pakistan and internationally. He was a Fulbright scholar to the U.S. where he completed his MFA in Film from Ohio University in 2012. During his time in the U.S. Bilal produced, directed and wrote a number of short films that have been screened at various international film festivals. He also worked on two hour-long documentaries that aired on National Geographic. His first feature length film titled ‘Lavender Rocks’ which he wrote and directed was shot in Ohio and is currently in post‐production.
In 2013-14 Bilal collaborated with the acclaimed Pakistani musician and producer Mekaal Hasan on a short documentary series titled 'Dhun'. Bilal has also written lyrics for the vocalist Zeb Bangash. Their song 'Jaisain milain ajnabi' was featured in the Indian feature film 'Madras Cafe'.
Bilal is currently writing his next feature length film ‘Sheher’ which he will produce in collaboration with the acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker and director Mehreen Jabbar. The film will be Executive Produced by Mira Nair.
Teaching Assistant cum Academic Coordinator (MS Program)
MS Film & TV
MA Film & TV (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography, National College of Arts, Lahore
Academic Coordinator (BA Hons. Program)
MBA in Human Resource
Mr. Rafique Ahmad
Video Lab Assistant (TFT)
Control Room Operator / Studio Supervisor (TFT)