Iram Parveen Bilal is a creator excited to tell thought provoking stories that are socially impactful and envision an inclusive world. Her brand is character-driven, coming of age, moody dramatic stories with an added interest in the thriller space.
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan and having spent a third of her life in three different continents, she is a certified third culture citizen. Being a serial fish out of water, she has a keen eye into characters coping with challenging circumstances. Her second feature as a writer/director, I'LL MEET YOU THERE was in competition at SXSW 2020 and was acquired by Level Forward. I'LL MEET YOU THERE has opened to the North American market to rave reviews and is being rolled out internationally.
Bilal's fourth feature as a director, WAKHRI (ONE OF A KIND) was 1 of 15 invited to the 2019 Cannes Cinefondation L'Atelier Official Selection and is slated to go into production in 2022. She was also spotlighted as 1 of 8 directors to watch by the Alliance of Women Directors.
She is now excited to also lend her voice to the spectrum of television. Her first pilot DETAINED was highlighted as one of the best unproduced pilots of TV by WeForShe in 2020 and was optioned by Wayfarer Studios. Most recently, she was hired to write a pilot and break series for two seasons of a hip hop dance drama by the Emmy Award winning producers of Netflix's DELHI CRIME.
She is a CAPE, Film Independent & Thomas J. Watson fellow and multiple time Women in Film awardee. Eager to raise while rising and being an engineer in her past, Iram is an active mentor for women in film and tech. She is a member of the Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women directors, advocating for gender parity behind the camera.
Bilal has been featured on NPR, BBC, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Filmmaker Magazine and more. Bilal initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan's first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ). She believes genuine curiosity is the only antidote to fear. When she isn't telling stories, she is dancing to Bollywood tunes or nerding out with fellow Caltech engineers.