Husain Qaizar is an Emmy nominated editor, animator, director, producer and colorist with over a decades worth of experience. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Husain graduated from SZABIST with a BSc in Media Sciences.
His professional works spans from editing and producing documentaries, animated films and commercials to directing music videos and short films to writing a superhero comic strip for Pakistan’s leading children’s newspaper, Young World. The films that he has been involved in have won an Oscar, nominated for an Emmy, screened at Sundance, broadcasted on HBO and Channel4, streamed on Netflix, VICE, Al Jazeerah and commissioned or purchased by organizations such as Youtube Originals, Refinery29, TED, Redfish, CIR, The Atlantic, Lifetime, Chime For Change as well as global brands such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola.
Some of his more prominent editing work includes Freedom Fighters, a hybrid short film that combined animation with documentary. The film was nominated for an Emmy for ‘Best Feature Story’ and also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Sitara: Let Girls Dream, a dialogue-less animated short directed by Oscar Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and executive produced by Gloria Steinman, screened at Sundance and is the first film from Pakistan to be acquired as a Netflix Original.
Husain edited 3 episodes of the acclaimed documentary series called Fundamental. The series profiles a distinct set of remarkable grassroots leaders working on issues from ending child, early, and forced marriage in Pakistan to pursuing racial justice in the United States. Episodes from the series screened in multiple film festivals across the world and is currently available to stream as a part of Youtube Originals.
Husain co-edited, Discarded Daughters for VICELAND which went on to be Shortlisted for the Association for International Broadcasting Awards.
Husain also co-edited How She Moves, a documentary short about the spirited Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old dance teacher in Pakistan, as she prepares for her final dance recital. The documentary is directed by Aisha Linnea and Anya Raza is currently doing festival rounds and has also won Excellence in Documentary Short Filmmaking at the Asian American International Film Festival.
Most recently Husain edited 'Zainab's Legacy' which premiered on 'Witness', Al Jazeera English's flagship documentary strand. The film was directed by two time BAFTA Children’s Award winner Owen Kean and produced by Saad Zuberi.
His directorial work includes commercials and music videos, as well as two short films for the critically acclaimed series Home1947 that went on to win Best Film (Short Documentary) Award at the South Asian Film Festival in Montreal.
Outside of work, he is a film nerd who thinks horror is deeply under appreciated genre. He is a husband to an amazing wife, father to an adorable son. He work out regularly, surf the waves occasionally and hopes to one day take a thirst pic that rivals Kumail Nanjiani's.