Oscar-Contending Short Film “Eid Mubarak” Gets Distribution Deal, Available Now

The award winning short film follows a privileged 6-year-old Pakistani girl named Iman as she embarks on a mission to save her beloved pet goat from being eaten on Eid al-Azha. With the help of her friends and family, Iman is able to learn the meaning of sacrifice and the reason behind the holiday.

Oscar-Contending Short Film “Eid Mubarak” Gets Distribution Deal, Available Now
After an extremely successful festival run, "Eid Mubarak" is available now to watch for free in select territories.

The Oscar-qualified short film “Eid Mubarak” (2023), directed by Pakistani American filmmaker Mahnoor Euceph, has secured several distribution deals in the wake of its recent festival success. Sales agent Ouat Media sold the film to KIS KIS – keep it short, set to launch on YouTube in select territories as of Nov. 18, and to the library streaming platform Kanopy, where it will release in early 2024.

“Eid Mubarak” follows a privileged 6-year-old Pakistani girl named Iman as she embarks on a mission to save her beloved pet goat from being eaten on Eid al-Azha. With the help of her friends and family, Iman is able to learn the meaning of sacrifice and the reason behind the holiday.

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Since premiering earlier this year at the 18th Annual Children's Film Festival of Seattle, “Eid Mubarak” has reached acclaim on the festival circuit. The film has played at over 40 film festivals, including CAAMFest, SXSW Sydney and the New York International Children’s Film Festival, where its win of the jury award qualified it for Oscar consideration. The film currently holds a total of 13 wins. One notable win was the audience choice award at the 18th Tasveer Film Festival, the only Oscar-qualifying film festival that spotlights South Asian filmmakers.

Euceph created “Eid Mubarak” as a tribute to her homeland. In a statement, she said that, “I made this film as a love letter to the country I once called home, to the religion that taught me how to be a human with humanity, and to my family who are the beginning and end of everything. For non-Muslims, I hope this film is educational. For Muslims, I hope it is reflective. And I hope, for everyone, it is a reminder of childhood, and that magical, wondrous world we leave behind when we grow up.”

The film was written, directed and produced by Euceph. She is a Pakistani American writer and director who immigrated to Los Angeles from Pakistan at age 8. Euceph received her Master’s of Fine Arts from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Film and Television Production in 2021. During her MFA, she worked as Art Director on “American Eid” (2021), Disney’s first ever Muslim story. In November 2022, she participated in the Islamic Scholarship Fund’s inaugural Muslim Centered Writers’ Lab. Euceph’s work “explores the South Asian diaspora through the female gaze, seeking to decolonize the mind by empowering audiences to engage in radical self-love.” Fann previously spoke with Euceph here.

Joining Euceph on the film’s production staff are producers Kamil Chima, Benjamin O'Keefe and Selena Leoni. Rohi Mirza Pandya is an executive producer on the film with her industry consultancy Box Office Guru Media.

Ouat Media is known for representing Oscar winners and nominees. “Eid Mubarak” has an awards campaign led by Adam Segal of The 2050 Group, the publicity agency that had 20 Oscar shortlisted and seven Oscar nominated films in last year’s Oscar season.

You can watch "Eid Mubarak" at the link below.

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