"I think it’s a beautiful platform for new talent."
Honouring visual storytellers and recognising exceptional filmmaking talent, Karachi is ready to roll out the red carpet on 4th-6th May 2017, at Cinepax, Ocean Mall, for the ARY Film Festival.
The festival believes in the power of original Pakistani cinema. As well as, introducing film art from international creations.
A rather creative exchange and interaction between diverse cinemas will be experienced, which will help Pakistani voices to further develop. One of the most talented actors of Pakistan, Sajid Hasan says:
“A great initiative was taken by ARY. The best thing about it will be that talent from all the world and Pakistani talent will together meet and discuss ideas. Not just watching others works of art.
“I completely welcome it. I hope this will be a great success. We Pakistanis should make sure that it is a great success.”
ARY Film Festival has announced that the versatile actor Faysal Qureshi will be the events Ambassador. He says: “After a long time, once again, Pakistan will witness a Film Festival.”
ARY is hoping that movies tackling everything from Pakistan’s heritage to its poetry, music, dance, and iconic locations, will help build the buzz it needs to stay ahead of the growing cinematic challenges. The festival will also feature talent from Pakistan’s brother country, Turkey. Along with, Hindi and English narratives.
Consisting of both shorts and features, the ARY Film Festival will carry a program of over 30 narrative, documentaries and international films.
Films to be screened at the festival include Pakistan’s official submission to Oscars 2017, ‘Mah e Mir’ by Anjum Shahzad. World cinema of several films will also be presented, including Saleh Sharif’s ‘Bits of what I have,’ Timo Zhalnin’s ‘Black Square’ and Danish Renzu’s ‘In Search of American Insha Allah,’ which won the Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival, 2015.
In addition, the programme includes special screening documentary works by Maheen Zia and Miriam Menacherry ‘Lyari Notes,’ and Sharmeen Obaid’s ‘Song of Lahore,’ which won the LIFF Audience Award, 2016. Also includes, Lara Lee’s ‘K2 and the Invisible Footmen,’ which received the Best Documentary Award at the Salento International Film Festival, 2015.
The jury will be made up of eight key figures, coming from across the world. Ram Kishore Parcha, Jack McDonald, Andy Merkin, JonnGan, MarlynaAgrelo are among the ARY Film Festival’s 2017 list of jurors. Along with, leading personalities of Pakistan, Anwar Maqsood, Sharmeen Obaid and Amina Khan.
Within the festival schedule, the event will also present a panel discussion, debating the achievement of Pakistani cinema. The celebration will be concluded with musical performances and an award ceremony for the winning entries.
ARY Digital Network will provide the rocket fuel to power the Film Festival, allowing Pakistan to see beyond its limitations.
Increasingly recognised for its original content and significant programmes, ARY Digital presents artists and filmmakers of Pakistan. It seeks to give power to people and provide a place for the exploration of ideas and new perspectives.
While describing ARY Film Festival, singer Fariha Pervez says: “I think it’s a beautiful platform for new talent, for the, new actors, directors, and whoever is involved in film media.”
More importantly, from the perspective of filmmakers, director Adnan Sarwer says:
“Its gonna prove to be a brilliant platform for upcoming Pakistani filmmakers. Primarily because it’s gonna allow them a platform where they can exhibit their work to decision makers. And I hope it’s a massive success.”
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