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The 60 Second International Film Festival was recently organized in Islamabad, with tremendous success. Film enthusiasts gathered in Islamabad today for the fourth annual 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. It was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured filmmaking and photography workshops, a panel discussion on social change and filmmaking, and film screenings.

The festival was established in 2012 to provide young filmmakers from around the world a platform to present their ideas to diverse audiences and raise awareness of various social issues. The festival Director, Abrar ul Hassan, said and I quote,

“The 60 Second Intl. Film Festivals is more than just a festival, it is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring.

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Jeffrey Sexton spoke at the festival’s evening session, which highlighted films like “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan, and “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India.

The main screening began in the Grand Screening Hall at 6 p.m where the best sixty second films were displayed. This year, 60SIFF received over 500 hundred films from almost 40 countries that were filtered down to 35 for screening. Preceded by that, was the screening of ten 100 second films due to our collaboration with the 100 Second Film Festival.

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The festival even involved children who were kept smitten by creative workshops and film screenings. The event altogether was systematic and lively, it couldn’t have been better, all praises to the efforts of the people that worked it so well. The festival is likely to travel to other cities if Pakistan and would be as gladly acknowledged as it was in Islamabad. Pakistan needs more of these events that highlight it internationally, that help it come out of the fade that it has been facing for all these years. It is not at all about “Home of terrorism” as India claims it is. It’s not what other countries say. Pakistan has superior talent and it does not matter how people judge our country, we need to introspect and rationally welcome these types of events that help us share the bliss of other cults. Now imagine, there were so many submissions for this event, imagine the mass of inspirations and hopes they acclaimed today, imagine how they now have a reason to believe that film-making could be a hell lot better to pursue if they have it inside them. Imagine if there are myriad of such platforms and events that combine and promote a faction of talent and hold them together, give them a clear edge to their own proud existence. It would be so great, let’s be a little more welcoming, a little more appreciating, a little more non-conventional and move out to try and energize a new epoch or Pakistan.

Article submitted by Ubair Fayyaz for Beyond Sanity Publishing

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