60 Second Intl. Film Festival held for the fifth consecutive year in Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan

The screening of 5th round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival (60SIFF) was held in Quetta on 21st and 22nd April at Officers Club and Hazara Town, respectively. While, the screening in Gilgit Baltistan was held at Karakoram International University on 17th April and Khubaib College Skardu on 21st April, 2017.
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The event marked the screening of films received through the public call for film submissions and the Dil Say Pakistan Film Competition. 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.

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60 Second Intl. Film Festival Gilgit Chapter

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, government representatives, educationists, activists, filmmakers and general audience witnessed the offerings of an international film festival.

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Youngsters gather at the Karakoram International University, Gilgit

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.”

60 Second Intl. Film Festival held for the fifth consecutive year in Islamabad

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Meet the Jurors for the 5th round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival

As the 5th round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival (60SIFF) Screenings are approaching, the preparations are taking a toll in the 60SIFF sphere. While the 60SIFF team is prepping up for the event, on a parallel side, the films submitted by budding filmmakers from across the globe are under the jury evaluation. We have got a diversified panel of jurors who have joined us from their respective fields in this journey of fostering the art of visual storytelling beyond any boundaries. The theme ‘colours of the country’ yielded submissions of more than 1500 films on the categories of culture, education, landmarks, interfaith and local heroes. These films will be judged and critiqued according to below mentioned criteria.

  • Content – what story does the film revolve around?
  • Concept –  what thematic idea is it based on?
  • Execution- how well the idea is executed to create impact of the message?

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Here’s an insight into jury member’s profile.

1. Amena Khan, Award winning Music Video and Commercial Director

Amena Khan is an established and widely acclaimed commercial film director who has played an important role in revolutionizing the Pakistan’s media. She has the experience in handling varying film genres, formats and treatment styles over the years with a unique flair.

2. Rakhiya Usman, Producer, Director and Team Member for Girl Rising Project

Rakiya Usman has worked on multiple projects that employ interest in the areas of youth and women empowerment, gender equality, and civil rights.

3. Sohail Javaid, Music Video and TV Commercials Director

Sohail Javed’s name is associated with the direction of music videos and TV commercials. Through his mastery at video direction and production, he is in the process of making a  powerful direction legacy.

4. Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Tsering Rhitar Sherpa is a filmmaker and screenwriter from Nepal whose work has received widespread recognition at various film festivals. His first film, Mukundo: Mask of Desire, was Nepal’s official entry for Oscars.

5. Nishtha Chugh, Award-winning Journalist

Nishtha Chugh is an award-winning development journalist based in the UK. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and has reported from five countries. Her work has been published in the Guardian, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, Forbes and the Independent.

6. Nina Gilden Seavy, Founding Director at SilverDocs

Nina Gilden Seavy, one of the most promising filmmakers in the industry, with her expertise as founding director at SilverDocs has joined us as the jury member.

7. Afia Salam, Prolific Writer and Journalist

Afia Salam has made a mark in not only Pakistan, but also globally through her dexterity as a journalist and a  writer. She has emerged as Pakistan’s first cricket journalist, media development practitioner and a social media activist.

8. Shoaib Iqbal, Director/Founder of The Little Art

Shoaib Iqbal has amassed over 13 years of experience working as a teacher, theatre director and youth performance facilitator. Not to forget, he is the founder of The Little Art and International Children’s Film Festival.

9. Sajjad Gul, Producer and Director

Sajjad Gul has worked in the capacity of a producer, director and a screenwriter and played an important part in the media development activities.

10. Tim Irwin, Artistic Director

Tim Irwin is the artistic director of the Heartland Film Festival, Indiana, USA.

 

We shall be announcing the results soon, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

Founder of Morango Conducts Training on Digital Storytelling at TechCamp held in Karachi

WhatsApp Image 2017-03-11 at 3.50.18 PMA two-day TechCamp was held in Karachi by U.S. Embassy at  Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) Pakistan with the journalists to find technology solutions for effective community outreach. A wide range of speakers gave hands-on training to the participants on latest tech tools which can be utilized in the today’s sphere of journalism. Not only did it address the technological solutions for traditional journalism, but also covered the aspects of digital journalism and content dissemination.

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Morango’s Founder, Mr. Abrar Ul Hassan gave a session on ‘digital storytelling’ in which he talked about the importance of using digital platforms for storytelling and engaging the youth of the 21st century.

 

Abrar Ul Hassan stressed on the importance of storytelling by stating that digital storytelling can be an impactful way to stretch-out your message to audiences in a visually interactive manner. Today’s digital storytelling can be said to be as an extension of the old ways of storytelling, however, the difference lies in the way it was narrated – today, it’s more about using images or films.

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With the advent of the technology, everyone can publish blogs, make videos or state their opinions in the digital sphere, but only that content gets the attention of the audience which is relatable and engaging and for that, the art of visual storytelling must be incorporated in every digital endeavor.
During the session, Abrar Ul Hassan urged the youth to become vigilant while using the digital platforms. He said, “Another important aspect of digital content dissemination is the practice of prudence and vigilance because building credibility in the digital world is not run-of-the-mill; you have to build a reputation through the content that you disseminate.”

60 Second Intl. Film Festival’s Annual Islamabad Screening is just around the corner

60 Second Intl. Film Festival (60SIFF) with its 5th annual screening is coming to Islamabad on April 14-15, 2017. This time around the Islamabad screening will be held at Aiwan-e-Quaid in F9 Park – a place dearer to everyone in the city.

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Continuing the legacy of 5 years, 60 Second Intl. Film Festival screenings are held across Pakistan – engaging a large community of filmmakers, storytellers, artists and enthusiasts of all ages and fields. These filmmakers and storytellers have harnessed an art of conveying messages, highlighting issues of social importance and building impactful narratives through the visual medium of filmmaking.

Like every year, 60 Second Intl. Film Festival rolled out its theme-based call for film submissions. This time around, the theme revolved around ‘colours of your country’.  More than 700 films were received from Pakistan and beyond. Currently, team 60SIFF is prepping up for the event and a call for volunteers has been floating on social media.

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Being the most awaited film festival of the year, 60 Second Intl. Film Festival brings a blend of engaging activities, inspirational talks, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings and music festivities. Seems exciting? Keep on reading to delve into the event schedule and more.

So, here’s what we have got for you. The festival will be held on two days – the first day for kid’s film screening, informative sessions and 60 second films screenings while the second day will be dedicated to a panel discussion on the topic of Design and Film along with other talks, some cultural performances and fun competitions.

The award ceremony for the top winners of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival will be held on 14th March, following the screening of films based on the broad category of ‘colours of your country’.

Our event in Islamabad is open to all, so whoever wants to experience an inspirational yet captivating interplay of visually crafted masterpieces should definitely attend this event. Our passes are available at different locations. Moreover, our campus ambassadors can be reached out for event passes. And if you want an easier way of registration, just fill out this form mentioned below and there you go!

Registration form: http://bit.ly/60SIFF2017

An Overview of 60SIFF’s Achievements

The aim of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival is to build the capacity of youth and general public by creating a learning platform. With time, 60SIFF’s reach has expanded and the quality and quantity of received films has vastly progressed.

QATAL-O- GHERAT SERIES:

The Qatal-o- Ghairat (Aurat se Nafrat Kyun) campaign came into force in collaboration with BBC Urdu. This was a short-term film competition which required participants to submit 60-second films based on the social horror of honor killing.

After a successful competition and submissions of riveting films, the best 15 films were sifted and featured on the official BBC Urdu website and will also be uploaded on the official youtube channel.

60SIFF SMARTPHONE APPLICATION:

In order to make the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival even more accessible, the 60SIFF app was developed.

Besides watching previous film submissions, the 60SIFF app also makes the submission process a lot easier. As all you need to do now is download the app, log in from facebook or twitter and submit the film.

POLICE AWAM SATH SATH FILM COMPETITION:

This aim behind this initiative is to build public and policy support for the Pakistani Police. This will be done by engaging police personnel from several training centres in a series of interactive filmmaking workshops. 10-12 filmmakers from major cities of Pakistan will also be engaged to make films on police-oriented themes.

The best films will be screened at a festival in January next year, thereby bringing great recognition to your team and respected institution. Moreover, the winning entry(s) will receive cash prizes.

 

Colours of your Country

60SIFF strongly believes in sharing stories through visual mediums and for the 5th year (2016-17) the aim is to encourage participants to celebrate the theme of “Colours of your Country” to reinforce values of patriotism, citizenship, and civic responsibility. Here are some of the areas of focus under this theme.

Local Heroes

This category has been created to highlight the unsung heroes around us whose sacrifices, hard work and passion for the community go unnoticed. These may include the local fruit vendor, cobbler, local police officer or anyone else who you seem should be appreciated for their dedication to the society.

Culture

Capture your culture in a 60-second film and show the world a glimpse of your surroundings. Let’s revive the folk tales and stories, festivals, foods, music and local traditions.

Local Landmarks

Each city, town, and province has its own special attraction, which the locals sometimes take for granted. This category aims to appreciate the architecture and local sites of attraction that normally are only visited and appreciated by tourists.

Interfaith

Film has the power to connect hearts and depict stories that may build bridges between people of different castes, religions, beliefs and creeds. This particular category encourages films that promote diversity and peace within communities.

Education

Through the category of Education, 60SIFF aims to document success stories of those who have been able to make a name for themselves in the world of academia, this could be a teacher or an institution in your vicinity that has nurtured knowledge.

This is your chance to be heard on an international platform and compete with talented filmmakers from all around the world. The best films will not only be screened at the festival in the capital, but all over the world!

And guess what, submissions are open till 31st January 2017!

Submit your films at 60siff.com/submission-form/