60 Second Intl. Film Festival in Islamabad

The fourth round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival started off with Filmmaking and Photography workshops for the kids that focused primarily on the basics for the children to understand. After the workshops, the children were able to view life through lens and capture it forever in a picture or a film.

To maintain the kids’ level of interest, there were also several stalls arranged including Burka Avenger and Minute to Win It. After that the children were served lunch from Cafe60 and were taken to the main screening hall for Screening for Kids by Kids where the top films that Team 60SIFF collected when travelling to different cities as part of the #MyCityMyStory campaign were aired.

The afternoon session for adults began at 4 p.m. with a Panel Discussion on “Film for Social Change”.  The panel members included former PTV Host, Tauseeq Haider, Tabinda Hassan, Tahir Imran, Khawar Azhar while the Director of 60SIFF, Abrar Ul Hassan acted as a moderator during the session. The panel members talked about the importance of media in shaping the society and how a simple film can make an influence on the whole nation. Tauseeq Haider concluded the session by mentioning that he sees hope in the future of Pakistan and Pakistani film industry.

Following the hour-long interactive discussion, was an open house on “Digital Security” conducted by Bolo Bhi. During the seminar, Farieha Aziz helped the audience understand the dangers and vulnerabilities when using the internet and took questions from them to help them secure their digital identity especially on social media to maximum capacity. “There are always going to be vulnerabilities no matter how secure you think you are because security can never be fool proof. What you need to know is how to navigate your way around social media without revealing too much,” said Farieha during the session.

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.

The festival was concluded by a speech from the chief guest and the Director of 60SIFF, Abrar Ul Hassan. All in all, the event was a huge success and the response was tremendous. We thank all the attendees and volunteers for joining us and we hope to bring back the festival next year.


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