LAHORE:25 September : The 1st International Film Festival organised by Rafi Peer Theatre concluded on Monday. A large number of families and university students attended the film festival and watched 24 short films from around 10 countries worldwide.
The festival ran for three days with five to seven films each day and received a tremendous response from university students and families. Students from Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore University, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and Punjab University attended these short films and appreciated them.
Short films presented by various countries were “The Bizzare Friends of Richardinho” from Brazil, ‘Rafiki’ from Norway, ‘See Britain Through My Eyes’ from UK, ‘Hayat’ from Iran, ‘Handover’ from India, ‘Coco Before Channel’ from France and ‘Salakhain’ from Pakistan.
The main aim to hold such a festival was to stimulate and inspire young minds by exposing them to various forms of cultural expressions and providing them with an international platform for their own future works, especially for the young and independent filmmakers striving to make a place for themselves in their fledgling industry.
Hosted in Lahore, traditionally the cradle of Pakistan’s film industry, the festival embraced the spirit of revival of Pakistan cinema, comprising mostly independent films, a part of cinema that is growing exponentially.
Apart from short films, the festival also comprised concerts by various renowned Pakistani artists such as Rafaqat Ali Khan, Sher Miandad, Dholiyaas and Saeen Zahoor. A puppet show by Rafi Peer Theatre was also arranged which was liked and appreciated by a number of children and families.Daily Times.