Muslim Filmmakers Give Valuable Industry Advice on “The Halal Gap”

The podcast is an open discussion with creative individuals highlighting the wealth of talent and diverse voices of Muslims from around the world.

Muslim Filmmakers Give Valuable Industry Advice on “The Halal Gap”
The latest episode of "The Halal Gap" covers the opening panel to the 2023 Mosquers Film Festival, which focused on giving Muslim filmmakers tangible advice to get their project funded. From left to right: Kajsa Erickson, Imran J. Khan, Hoda Ali, Sikandar Atiq. Photo source: The Mosquers Film Festival

After a nine-month-long hiatus, the podcast “The Halal Gap” has returned with a very special episode from the 2023 Mosquers Film Festival. The episode, aptly titled “Opening Credits 2023 Panel,” is a recording of the panel that kicked off the festival. 

“The Halal Gap” is an open discussion with creative individuals highlighting the wealth of talent and diverse voices of Muslims from around the world. The show is presented by the Mosquers Film Festival, a Canadian festival that aims to educate, entertain and build bridges by showcasing talent and the diverse Muslim experience. Each year in Edmonton, Alberta, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce both Muslims and non-Muslims to the most original and authentic storytelling by Muslim creators from across the world.

“The Halal Gap” covers everything from common, everyday struggles to the relative scarcity of Muslim individuals in the creative industry. Co-hosts Sikandar Atiq and Sofia Alani explore stories and opinions of Muslims from around the world, aiming to showcase the incredible bodies of work and uniquely divergent experiences of genuine, hard-working individuals who identify as Muslim.

The 52nd episode of “The Halal Gap” features the panel discussion from the second annual “Opening Credits” event on Oct. 13, 2023. For the second year in a row, the Mosquers Film Festival was kicked off with “Opening Credits,” an event where 300 Muslim creatives and representatives from organizations that seek to platform them came together. The panel, hosted by “The Halal Gap” co-host Atiq, features Hoda Ali, Community Impact Coordinator at Toronto International Film Festival; "Mustache" (2023) director and writer Imran J. Khan; Kajsa Erickson, Manager of Telefilm Canada’s Talent Fund; and Emmy award-winning documentary producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson. The event was supported by Mosquers partners at Inspirit Foundation and Warner Brothers Discovery Access.

Asif Quraishi, production director of the Mosquers Film Festival, expressed his pleasure over the panel’s success. “Once again, ‘Opening Credits’ brought together Muslim creatives from all over the world,” he said in a statement. “This year, our panel discussion focused on giving Muslim filmmakers tangible next steps they can take to getting their dream projects funded.”

“The Halal Gap” is produced by Quraishi and videographed by Yousuf Iqbal. You can keep up with the show on Instagram. The Mosquers Film Festival can be followed via website, Instagram, TikTok, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook.

The 52nd episode of “The Halal Gap” is live now. Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.

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