Sharmeen Obaid Films | Awards
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International Emmy Award – ‘Best Documentary’ : Saving Face, New York, NY (October 2013)



IDA Documentary Award: Saving Face, Los Angeles, CA (December, 2012)

Glamour Women of the Year Award,  New York, (November, 2012)

Juliane-Bartel Award: Saving Face Hannover, Germany (October, 2012)

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Audience Choice Award: Saving Face Abu Dhabi, UAE (October, 2012)

Nominee- Gucci “Women in Film”: Saving Face Venice, Italy (July, 2012)

New York Indian Film Festival “Best Documentary Film”: Saving Face New York, NY (May 2012)

SAARC Film Award “Best Documentary”: Saving Face Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 2012)

Platinum Remi Award: Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret Houston, TX (April 2012)

Academy Award (Oscar): Saving Face Los Angeles, CA (February 2012)


International Emmy Award: Pakistan’s Taliban’s Generation New York, NY (September 2010)

Alfred DuPont Award: Children of the Taliban New York, NY (January 2010)


AIB Award “Best current affairs documentary – television” for Pakistan’s Taliban Generation London, UK (November 2009)


Best of Asia: International Museum of Women San Francisco, CA (December 2007)

One World Media Award Broadcast Journalist of the Year London, UK (June 2007)


South Asian Journalist Association Award New York, NY (June 2006)


Livingston Award New York, NY (June 2004) (Awarded the Livingston Award for Best International reporting under the age of 35 in any medium, print and broadcast)

Special Mention “One Future Prize” Munich International Film Festival Munich, Germany (June 2005)

American Women in Radio and Television Award, New York, NY (June 2005) (Received the Gracie award for Outstanding documentary film)


Cine Golden Eagle Award Washington, DC (Fall 2004) (Received the award in the “Informational” category) FRONTLINE/World received the prestigious

Edward R. Murrow award from the Overseas Press Club for its 2004 TV season. One of the episodes honored was Sharmeen Obaid’s “On a Razor’s Edge”

American Women in Radio and Television Award, New York, NY (June 2004) (Gracie Award for “Individual Achievement, Reporter/Correspondent)

SAJA award, New York, NY (June 2004) (South Asian Journalist Association Award for Outstanding Broadcast)

Banff TV Rockie Awards, Banff, Canada (June 2004) (winner of the special Jury award)


Overseas Press Club Award, New York, NY (April 2004)- (Awarded the “The Carl Spielvogel Award” for best international reporting in any medium showing a concern for the human condition.)

Other honors

2013 World Economic Forum – The Crystal Award

PolicyMic: Top 5 Most Inspiring Millennial Women of 2012 

TIME: The 100 Most Influential People in the World (2012) 

Hilal-e-Imtiaz Islamabad, Pakistan (2012) – President of Pakistan awards civil decoration for bringing honor to Pakistan as a female filmmaker.

TED Senior fellow (2011) Asia 21 Society fellow (2011)

TED fellow (2010) 

Nesvita Women of Strength Award (Karachi, Pakistan) August 2009

YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction, Toronto, ON (June 2008) – Awarded for services in the field of Communication (A journalist and documentary filmmaker, she is one of the first Muslim women to be broadcast on mainstream Western media. She has made documentaries that touch upon the lives of women in extraordinary situations, from the refugee camps of Afghanistan, to the plight of aboriginal women in Western Canada.)

One of 10 people to look out for in 2007 (Toronto Star, December 2006) Toronto Star lists Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy as a rising star.

 YOUR DIL leadership award for work done in the field of education New York, NY (November 2005)