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Karachi – March 26th, 2016: Karachi witnessed creativity and film enthusiasts come together this Saturday, March 26th, for the annual screening of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held at the Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC). Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured a workshop on filmmaking and photography, enlightening discussions and film screenings.

60 Second Intl. Film Festival is an initiative that provides a platform for young filmmakers from around the world to present their ideas and perceptions visually in front of diverse audiences. The initiative believes in empowering the youth to raise their voice, and create awareness regarding social issues that matter.

Children’s creativity was honed during the workshop on filmmaking and photography, followed by a screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively. To conclude the screening for kids, an episode of the animated series, Burka Avengers was also shown.

The evening session entailed workshops, enlightening discussions and the screening of the best 60 Second Intl. Film Festival films. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The guests present at the event appreciated the unique program and said such events should take place more often. Abrar ul Hassan, the Festival Director, stated that “60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than a festival; it is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”

Lahore – March 24th, 2016: Lahore witnessed creativity and film enthusiasts come together this Thursday for the annual screening of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held at the School of Creative Arts, in collaboration with the University of Lahore. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured a workshop on filmmaking and photography, enlightening discussions and film screenings.

60 Second Intl. Film Festival is an initiative that provides a platform for young filmmakers from around the world to present their ideas and perceptions visually in front of diverse audiences. The initiative believes in empowering the youth to raise their voice, and create awareness regarding social issues that matter.

Children’s creativity was honed during the workshop on filmmaking and photography, followed by a screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively. To conclude the screening for kids, an episode of the animated series, Burka Avengers was also shown.

The evening session entailed a panel discussion, an open house session and the screening of the best 60 Second Intl. Film Festival films. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The guests present at the event appreciated the unique program and said such events should take place more often. Abrar ul Hassan, the Festival Director, stated that “60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than a festival; it is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”  Rachael Chen, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore praised the festival, saying that “the festival provides young filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talents, and initiate discussions about key issues facing youth today.”

The festival will travel to more cities in coming weeks.

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Peshawar – March 17th, 2016Film enthusiasts gathered in Peshawar today for the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held for the first time in the city in collaboration with the Iqra National University. The event featured workshops on filmmaking and photography, a panel discussion on social change, and film screenings.

The festival was initiated in 2012 to provide young filmmakers from around the world a platform to present their ideas to diverse audiences and raise awareness on various social issues.  “The 60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than just a festival,” said Festival Director, Abrar ul Hassan.  “It is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”

The guests present at the event were excited to be part of such a unique and colorful program and said that this was a wonderful opportunity for youngsters. They appreciated the imitative and said such events should take place more often.

The festival’s evening session contained screening of shortlisted films which have been received from over 40 countries. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The festival also encouraged children’s creativity through workshops and screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively.

The festival will travel to more Pakistani cities in the coming weeks.

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Quetta – March 12th, 2016A diverse group of audience gathered in Quetta Officers Clun on Prince Road today. This was for the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival which has come to the city for the first time.  The event featured a film screening of one hour where films received from over 40 countries were shown. The special thing about the films was that they were of no longer than 60 seconds each.

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 60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than just a festival,” said Festival Director, Abrar ul Hassan.  “It is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring.”

Guests who attended the festival appreciated the initiative and called it a wonderful opportunity for youngsters.

The festival’s evening session 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 festival will travel to more Pakistani cities in the coming weeks.

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Faisalabad – March 12th, 2016Film enthusiasts gathered in Faisalabad today for the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held for the first time in the city in collaboration with the Minerva Cinema.  Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured a workshop on filmmaking and photography, a panel discussion on social change, and film screenings.

The festival was initiated in 2012 to provide young filmmakers from around the world a platform to present their ideas to diverse audiences and raise awareness on various social issues.  “The 60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than just a festival,” said Festival Director, Abrar ul Hassan.  “It is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”

The guests present at the event were excited to be part of such a unique and colorful program and said that this was a wonderful opportunity for youngsters. They appreciated the imitative and said such events should take place more often.

The festival’s evening session contained screening of shortlisted films which have been received from over 40 countries. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The festival also encouraged children’s creativity through workshops and screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively.

The festival will travel to more Pakistani cities in the coming weeks.

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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