Fawzia Mirza

Writer/Creator/Director

Fawzia Mirza is a queer, Muslim, Pakistani, She and They, writer, creator, director. She was named ’10 Filmmakers to Watch’ (Independent Magazine), White House ‘Champion of Change’ (Asian American Art & Storytelling), 3Arts Awardee, ‘Top 10 Creative’ (Indiewire), 3 Arts Djerassi Resident Artist, a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs ‘Esteemed Artist’ Grantee, a Tribeca Film Institute All Access alum, a ‘Yes And Laughter Lab’ winner and an Islamic Scholarship Fund winner. As an actor, she has played KAM KARDASHIAN, the long lost lesbian sister of the famous family; Ayesha Trump, the illegitimate daughter of 45, featured in the mockumentary THE MUSLIM TRUMP; and starred in the acclaimed Gotham/Peabody/GLAAD winning and Emmy-nominated series, HER STORY. She has been a featured artist on the Canadian, Emmy award-winning series, ‘Interrupt This Program’. Her one-woman-play-adapted-into-a- screenplay ME, MY MOM & SHARMILA was named an SFFILM Fellow, a Canada Council for the Arts grantee, participated in the 2020 TIFF Writer’s Studio and TIFF Filmmaker Lab and is a TIFF ‘Share Her Journey’ Fellow. Her first feature, SIGNATURE MOVE (co-wrote, produced, stars in), world premiered at SXSW, screened 150+ film festivals, won 15 awards (Grand Jury Prize, US Narrative Feature, Outfest) and is now distributed by Bohemia and Music Box Films. She served as a mentor in “The Right to Love”, Pakistani media group, Olomopolo’s film program in partnership with the Netherlands. Her work has screened at festivals all over the world including SXSW, BAM, Palm Springs Short Fest, AmPav Cannes, Mumbai, Provincetown, Outfest, Calgary, Seattle International, Frameline, BFI Flare, Inside Out and many, many more. Her short films have screened all over the world with her recent award-winning short that she wrote/directed, I KNOW HER (Palm Springs Short Fest, BFI Flare, Florida Int’l) was a finalist on CBC’s ‘Short Film Faceoff.’ Her latest short film shot in Toronto and produced in association with CBC, NOOR & LAYLA, is about a relationship ending (or is it a beginning?) between two queer Muslim women. She recently participated in a CMSI Comedy ThinkTank on Radical Kindness funded by Pop Culture Collaborative. She wrote on the CBS drama THE RED LINE, executive produced by Ava Duvernay and Greg Berlanti. She is one of five women directors invited to Fuse 2, Paul Feig’s writer/director incubator program, with production on the new short in 2021. She’s started a production company, Baby Daal Productions with her wife, Andria Wilson Mirza and is developing several TV and film projects.

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT