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Date TIme Note
Saturday, May. 4 11:00 AM FILM BLOCK 1
Saturday, May. 4 2:45 PM FILM BLOCK 2
Saturday, May. 4 5:00 PM Ramadan America
Saturday, May. 4 6:30 PM Grand Feature
Sunday, May. 5 11:00 AM FILM BLOCK 3
Sunday, May. 5 2:45 PM FILM BLOCK 4
Sunday, May. 5 6:30 PM Grand Feature

Special Discount codes for film blocks and Grand Features listed below!

Rūng Film Fest aims to create a platform that elevates voices often overlooked in mainstream cinema—creatives of color, by showcasing and awarding original stories told through the lens of Pakistani filmmakers that shatter stereotypes and challenge biases, promoting diversity and cultivating connections with the global creative community.

We’ve received more than 80 films in our inaugural year from filmmakers of Pakistani heritage from around the world and we’re excited to showcase the top selections by our jury of stellar actors, writers and filmmakers.

Grand Jury, Audience Choice, and Honorary awards will be distributed to the top 3 films in each category on May 4th and 5th at the awards ceremony in the evening.

Rūng Film Fest is an Indus Arts Council program. Indus Arts Council is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Texas.



TICKETS: $15 per Film Block
(Ticket includes all panel admission for both days)

Receive a 30% discount on all film blocks by using the discount code Block30 at checkout!

Each film block will showcase 3-4 films in Matchbox 3

  • FILM BLOCK 1:  SAT, 5/4, 11 AM to 2 PM  -  GET TICKETS
    • Inevitable by Amna Rehman (US), Runtime: 5 min.
    • BOJH-The Unseen Burden by Mohammad Awais Hassan (Pakistan), Runtime: 10 min.
    • From Sweden with Love by Muhammad Umar Saeed (Pakistan), Runtime: 15 min.
    • Desi Standard Time Travel by Kashif Pasta (Canada), Runtime: 20 min.
    • How She Moves by Anya Raza, Aisha Linnea Akhtar (Pakistan), Runtime: 20 min.
    • #LiveLikeHaris by Amina Chaudary, Beth Murphy (US), Runtime: 51 min.
  • FILM BLOCK 2:  SAT, 5/4, 2:45 PM to 5 PM  -  GET TICKETS
    • The Java Plum Tree by Rafay Rashdi (Canada), Runtime: 34 min.
    • Made with Love by Kainat Thebo (Pakistan) , Runtime: 15 min.
    • How to Wash The Dead by Asad Kirmani (US), Runtime: 17 min
    • Bhashaili (Adrift) by Jawad Sharif (Pakistan), Runtime: 60 min.
  • FILM BLOCK 3:  SUN, 5/5, 11 AM to 2 PM  -  GET TICKETS
    • Oli Kahuli by Muhammad Ali Ijaz (US), Runtime: 14 min.
    • Identity by Suraj Gunjal (India), Runtime: 24 min.
    • The After: A Chef's Wish by Umar Riaz (US), Runtime: 26 min.
    • We Will Be Brave by Chrisann Hessing (Canada), Runtime: 79 min.
  • FILM BLOCK 4:  SUN, 5/5, 2:45 PM to 5 PM  -  GET TICKETS
    • Karachi at Night by Shahbano Farid (US), Runtime: 15 min.
    • Lamya's Poem by Alex Kronemer (US), Runtime: 89 min.



Receive a 30% discount on Special Presentation tickets by using the discount code Block30 at checkout!

Matchbox 3

  • Ramadan America Anthology: SAT, 5/4, 5 PM - GET TICKETS
    • Ramadan America is an anthology of five independent short narrative films with unique characters, themed around Ramadan and Eid, and spanning a number of genres. 


TICKETS: FREE with Film Block Purchase ($15)

Each panel is 30 minutes long including Q&A in Rehearsal Room 1.

  • PANEL 1: SAT, 5/4, 2 PM - FREE with Film Block purchase.
    • Filming in Houston & Texas: The good, the bad and the ugly. Challenges and opportunities of filming in Texas.
    • Panelists include:
      • Moderator: Fatima Hye
      • Taylor Jackson (Houston Arts Alliance)
      • Shuja Uddin (Film Professor Austin Community College
      • Michelle Mowler (Producer)
      • Alfred Cervantes (Houston Film Commission)
      • Rachael Valentine Acosta (Houston Cinema Arts Society)

PANEL 2: SAT, 5/4, 5 PM - FREE with Film Block purchase.

    • Behind the Camera Stories: Lessons to be learned for filmmaker/funny stories.
    • Panelists include:
      • Moderator: Khurram Azim 
      • Asad Kirmani (Director)
      • Rafay Rashdi (Director)
      • Amina Chaudhry (Director)
      • Alan Noel Vega (Producer)
  • PANEL 3: SUN, 5/5, 2 PM - FREE with Film Block purchase.
    • Creating South Asian lead roles for global audiences: What is done and what are we missing?
    • Panelists include:
      • Moderator: Arshia Hasnain
      • Kamran Shaikh (Actor)
      • Mahesh Sriram (Actor)
      • Pamela Monroe (Producer)
      • Jawaad Abdul Rahman (Producer/Writer)
  • PANEL 4: SUN, 5/5, 5 PM - FREE with Film Block purchase.
    • Females in Films: Role of females in filmmaking and the need to understand the business!
    • Panelists include:
      • Moderator: Zehra Nawab
      • Tanya Hoshi (Producer)
      • Sadia Uqaili (Filmmaker, RFF Advisor)
      • Nighat Shah (Producer)
      • Michelle Mowler (Producer)
      • Randee Ramsey (Producer SWAMP)




  • IN FLAMES/Grand Jury Awards: 5/4, 6:30 PM to 10 PM - GET TICKETS
  • Receive a 30% discount on the Saturday Grand Feature and Awards by using the discount code Sat30 at checkout!
    • Feature Movie: IN FLAMES & Grand Jury Awards Reception
    • In Flames officially selected for Cannes 2023 & TIFF 2023
    • In Flames won Red Sea 2023 (Golden Yusr Prize).
  • Entangled/Audience Choice Awards: 5/5, 6:30 PM to 10 PM - GET TICKETS
  • Receive a 30% discount on the Sunday Grand Feature and Awards by using the discount code Sun30 at checkout! 
    • Feature Movie: Entangled (Gunjal) & Audience Choice Awards Reception
    • Entangled (Gunjal) officially selected for 14th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2024
    • Entangled (Gunjal) officially selected for UK Asian Film Festival 2024

Tickets to the Grand Feature & Awards Reception include:

  • Red carpet reception with hors d'oeuvres 
  • The grand feature
  • Grand Jury & Audience Choice Awards Ceremony

Grand Jury Awards will be distributed on SAT 5/4 and the Audience Choice Awards + Honorary Awards will be distributed on SUN 5/5.


Click below to view or download the full festival schedule and film synopsis!


*Online sales will end 30 minutes prior to the scheduled curtain time. At this time tickets may be purchased in-person at the box office.

The box office opens 2 hours prior to the performance time for WILL CALL and walkup sales.

All sales are final. No refunds or cancellations available after purchase.

Each ticket is subject to a $3 fee at check out.  CLICK HERE for details.

Parking: For information on area parking click HERE.

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