Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. In 2007, she formed Parveen Shah Productions which is a global short and long form media production company that focuses on telling stories that matter - stories that elevate the human condition.
She just lensed her third feature film, I'LL MEET YOU THERE, a family drama about a Muslim cop and his teenage ballerina daughter. The project was a Film Independent writer/director and CAPE writing fellowship project.
She was 1 of 15 directors invited to Cinefondation's L'Atelier at Cannes 2019 for her feature project WAKHRI (ONE OF A KIND), based on a social media star in Pakistan. Bilal is currently actively looking to direct TV and is also developing TV projects set in the US, UK and South Asia.
Her past noted feature length works include Josh (Against The Grain), Pakistan's first film to be on Netflix and in the permanent selection at the US Library of Congress and The PhD Movie: Still in Grad School.
An avid public speaker and activist, she just wrapped a four year term as co-chair of the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the WGA and is an active board member for the Caltech Y, a leading community service organization affiliated with her alma mater, the California Institute of Technology.
Bilal initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ). She is a Thomas J Watson, Women In Film, Film Independent and CAPE fellow and an active member of the Alliance of Women Directors and Film Fatales, both organizations vested for fair representation of female directors in the entertainment industry.
She believes that genuine curiosity is the antidote to fear.