Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Bilal is conscious of the rare opportunity and voice she has on the filmmaking playground. Having directed internationally recognized, award-winning short films, JOSH is her first feature film that just premiered in Bombay and has been granted the prestigious Women in Film fund. The film is in the process of getting released. Other feature projects in development have received attention by IFP, The Academy’s Nicholl Writing Fellowship, Mumbai Sankalan Lab, Film Independent and Women In Film. Prominent awards and honors include the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Stark Special Project Scholarship, Mabel Beckman Leadership Award, Paul Studenski Fellowship and the Dean’s Cup. She is an honors graduate of Caltech and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.