31 May, 2017
Karachi May 31: Governor Sindh Mr. Mohammad Zuabir said that Karachi International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled in February 2017, would be a remarkable addition in city’s cultural calendar as it would not only entertain people but would also bring film industries of various countries closer.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of Karachi Film Society (KSF) at Governor House. Ms.Sultana Siddiqui, Mr. Jameel Baig, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Ms. Shermeen Obaid Chinoy, Ms.Ameena Siyid, Mr.Sirajuddin, Mr. Khalid Mansoor also attended the meeting.
Governor Sindh who is also the patron of KSF said that this festival would highlight Karachi as a major film industry hub and also showcase the work of emerging film makers, who have revived the industry from Karachi.
Governor Sindh said that this four day festival would be a breath of fresh air for Karachities as they would be treated to movies on variable topics from across the world. He said that promotion of cultural activities in Karachi would portray a soft image of the country at International level. There was an urgent need of joining hands for enhancement of social, cultural and entertainment events for making Karachi city of light once again, after maintenance of peace in the city.
Mr.Zubair said that KIFF would also bring and introduce new cinema to local market and facilitate introduction of Pakistani movies to global viewers. Gathering of all stake holders of film industry would further facilitate exchange of new concepts, ideas and storylines, he observed.
Governor Sindh said that on the directives of Prime Minster a two day seminar was recently arranged in Governor House for seeking recommendation for formulating a film policy. It proved a successful event and its recommendations would go a long way in preparation of favorable film policy.
Governor Sindh lauded the proposed event of celebration of Pakistani cinema during KIFF where tributes would be paid to the great legends of our cinema industry. Their recognition would motivate others to follow their lead and work even harder for the promotion of Pakistani Film Industry, he opined.
Governor Sindh commended the efforts of KFS and assured his full cooperation for making the event a success.
It was informed during the meeting that KIFF is scheduled to be held from 1st to 4th February 2018 by Karachi Film Society which aims to make it a regular feature like Karachi literature festival.
It was further informed during the meeting that short films, documentaries and feature films from various participating countries would be shown during the festival. The screening location of the movies would Nueplex, Frere Hall, Sea view and various mobile cinemas stationed at different parts of Karachi, it was also informed.