Over the past five years, the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival has put in an immense amount of effort in reviving the art of filmmaking and storytelling in Pakistan. Every year, the festival aims to empower the youth by providing them an opportunity to showcase their talent through digital storytelling and filmmaking and to create awareness regarding important social issues.
In the fifth round of the 60SIFF-Dil Say Pakistan this year, a total of 25 screenings were held across 15 cities in the country. 60SIFF-Dil Say Pakistan received submissions for 1500 films from different countries across the globe this year. Kicking off with a grand event in Islamabad, screenings were held in Gilgit, Skardu, Quetta, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Jamshoro, Peshawar, Gujrat, Lahore, Sargodha, Abbottabad, and Sialkot, reaching out to almost 13,000 people across Pakistan. The festival also included over 40 filmmaking workshops which served to train more than 1000 youths on filmmaking and storytelling.
To mark the end of the fifth round of 60SIFF-Dil Say Pakistan this year, a final event was held at the Center for Excellence and Journalism-IBA in Karachi on Friday, 11th August. Amidst the current state of political chaos and upheaval in the country, the event provided film enthusiasts in Karachi a chance to witness art and creativity by celebrating the endeavors of aspiring filmmakers from across the globe. The event was attended by a large audience including students, government representatives, educationists, media professionals, and activists.
Beginning with a panel discussion led by filmmakers Salman Sirhindi, Zainab Nasir and Producer, Owais Mangalwala, the event showcased 60 -second films by aspiring filmmakers, received through a public call for film submissions. The films were created under the theme of “Colors of your Country,” which aimed to acknowledge and pay homage to the country’s local heroes, highlight historical landmarks and touch up on important social issues such as education, culture, and interfaith harmony.
The event came to an end with an award ceremony, followed by closing remarks from the event organizers. Commenting on the success of the 5th cycle of 60SIFF, Festival Director Abrar Ul Hassan 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. This year was no different and we hope the festival played its role in empowering youth on socially relevant issues in Pakistan.”
With its goal to provide the youth a platform for expression, 60SIFF managed to play a vital role in reviving the art of filmmaking in Pakistan this year. With continued support from influencers, media channels, as well as the public, 60SIFF aims to grow bigger and better in the years to come.