Usman Riaz’s Animated Film Premieres at Cannes

OneBeat 2012 Alumni Usman Riaz directed Pakistan’s ‘The Glassworker’ presented at this years Cannes Film Festival. Speaking at the premiere of the film, director Usman Riaz said, “I started this journey 10 years ago in 2014 and at that time no one believed that this film would gain so much fame.” On the other hand, the film’s producer Khizr Riaz said that it is “a dream come true” to have a Pakistani film recognised by the international animation industry.Pakistan Academy Selection Committee Chairman Muhammad Naqvi said that the manner in which The Glassworker has represented Pakistan at the Cannes Film Festival is a matter of pride for all of us as Pakistanis. The Glassworker is the first film from the subcontinent to be selected for competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2024.