TELEFILM Development Program
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From Los Angeles to Kabul to Vancouver. Our team has collaborated successfully for eight years in challenging, dynamic, and remarkable situations.
Tajana Prka, born in Munich, Germany, is of Croatian heritage. She co-produced and starred in the feature Targeting (2014). In 2011, she moved to Afghanistan to produce a TV miniseries called The Defenders which aired on TOLO TV, the most popular TV station. While in Kabul, she wrote and produced the short The Gift (2015), which was accepted at the Black Maria Film Festival and screened across the US. Tajana produced and edited Black Kite, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2017, has gone on to play at 18 festivals and was honoured by the 2018 Leo Awards for best screenplay, best direction and best picture. (IMDB)
Tarique Qayumi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, came to Vancouver as a refugee, and later moved to Los Angeles to study at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Following graduation, he directed the feature Targeting and was executive producer of Sesame Street for Afghanistan before joining the NSI Corus Diverse TV Director program in 2016. Tarique wrote and directed Black Kite (2017). Tarique is developing a TV series called Bonavista Drive through the NSI Totally Television Program with Tajana. He was the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia. He just wrapped a mini-project using virtual production technology first used on the "Mandalorian."
Vancouver, BC, Canada