The fifth round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival (60SIFF) Dil Say Pakistan was held to celebrate the filmmaking endeavours of aspiring filmmakers from across the globe on the 14th and 15th of April 2017 at Aiwan-e-Quaid, F-9 Park, Islamabad. The two-day event marked the screening of films received through the public call for film submissions on 60SIFF and Dil Say Pakistan Film Competition, over-arching into panel discussions, talks, interactive activities, and screening of the films of international partner film festivals.
Over the span of five years, 60SIFF has expanded its outreach not only to the film enthusiasts but, also to the general audiences sharing an interest in the revival of filmmaking and storytelling. This time around, dignitaries, government representatives, educationists, activists, filmmakers and general audience witnessed the offerings of an international film festival, hosted in Islamabad.
The theme for this year’s 60SIFF focused on celebrating the colours of your country, in an effort to recognize and celebrate the local heroes, historical landmarks, education and interfaith harmony. This year, Dil Say Pakistan Film Competition was also held on the theme of ‘Unsung Heroes’ which collected a number of films from the budding filmmakers from all over Pakistan
On the first day, a talk session was held by Mr. Danial Shah who shared his experiences of travelling through Pakistan, to highlight the significance of expressing stories with a personal touch. The panel discussion on Dil Say Pakistan (Pakistan’s first transmedia campaign) engaged the audience in an interactive discourse on the theme of ‘Unsung Heroes of Pakistan’. Towards the end, the best films were screened and winners were accoladed for their remarkable filmmaking efforts.
While, on the second day, short films from 100 Second Film Festival and Izhar by Film Fellowship were showcased at the festival. The screening ceremony was followed by a panel discussion, where esteemed panellists familiarized the audience with the aesthetic aspects of design and film. Sameer Khan (Social Champ) and Aarish Khan (Surfsafe) held talk sessions to bring the attention of the audience towards the ‘digital storytelling’ and ‘digital content dissemination through a legal perspective’, respectively. Pakistan’s first online TV schedule, Talkback, was also launched at the festival along with a detailed Q/A session. The festival concluded with the delightful Qawwali performance by the Bakshi Brothers.
Speaking about the success of the 5th round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival, Abrar Ul Hassan (Festival Director) said that, “Every year, we try to engage the masses in a constructive activity of storytelling and filmmaking, to build discourses based on thematic films of 60 seconds, which have eminent value in promoting the culture, art and most importantly, global ties.”
Following the screening at the capital, a number of screenings will be held across Pakistan in areas such as Faisalabad, Multan, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Gilgit-Baltistan.