Press and Accolades

At 15 years-old he’s raised $70,000 to benefit kids around the world …

15-year-old Pakistani-American Student Receives Praise from …

Roosevelt’s Zafar Honored at White House | Des Moines Public Schools

Roosevelt High School Student Receives Praise from President …

Iowa teen’s film to be screened in Times Square

Announcing the White House Student Film Festival 2016 Finalists …

The 2016 White House Student Film Festival | The White House

Business Record: NOTEBOOK: One Good Read – 15-year-old D.M. …

Announcing the White House Student Film Festival 2016 Finalists …

Finalists for Iowa Star, Aurora and Quasar awards revealed – IndyStar

Finalists for the Iowa Star, Aurora and Quasar awards Published …

National Youth Films Showcase | 2nd Annual Indie Memphis Youth …

2017

5th Place (out of 346) – Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition – ‘The Forgotten Part of America’

Official Selection – Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition – ‘The Forgotten Part of America’

2017 Visionary Award – Rockland Youth Film Festival – ‘Go Home’ and ‘The Forgotten Part of America’

Official Selection – Rockland Youth Film Festival – Go Home: The Tale of a Refugee

Official Selection – Rockland Youth Film Festival – The Forgotten Part of America

Official Selection  – Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival – ‘The Forgotten Part of America’

Runner-Up Audience Choice Award – Group A: the 48 Hour Film Project – ‘One Last Race’

Official Selection – All-American High School Film Festival – ‘The Forgotten Part of America’

Official Selection – Stories Lived – ‘Through a New Lens’

Official Selection – Stories Lived – ‘Crystal’

Official Selection and Semi-Finalist – Les Films de la Toile – ‘Road to Unity’

2016

Honorable Mention – White House Student Film Festival – ‘Road to Unity’

Official Selection – Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival – ‘Road to Unity’

Official Selection and Best PSA – Rockland Youth Film Festival – ‘Road to Unity’

Official Selection and Finalist – All-American High School Film Festival – ‘Road to Unity’

Official Selection – Grand IndieWise Convention – ‘Road to Unity’

Official Selection – Newark IFF Youth Festival – ‘Road to Unity’

Finalist – Blackmagic Screenplay Pitch Competition –  ‘Verno’

2015

Spirit Award – Des Moines 48 Hour Film Festival – ‘Shagird’

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