Saving Face is about the problem of acid attacks on women in Pakistan.
In a statement to the BBC she said that she was “speechless” to receive the nomination which was the “stuff dreams are made of”.
The film chronicles the work of acclaimed British-Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad.
It follows him as he travels around the country to perform reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid violence.
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan says that the problem is systematically under-reported in Pakistan – official figures say there are 100 cases of acid violence every year, although it is estimated that the actual figure is far greater.
Our correspondent says that this is partly because structural inequalities make it difficult for women to access the judicial system, while there are long standing cultural practices that enhance gender discrimination.