[Karachi, August 22nd, 2016]: The Little Art and Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC) announce the 8th season of International Children’s Film Festival 2016 in collaboration with Cinepax Cinemas. The festival will be presented by The Little Art in collaboration with Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC) and Cinepax Cinemas nationwide starting in Karachi from the 17th of October, in Lahore from the 21st of November, in Rawalpindi from the 5th of December 2016 and from January 2017 in Hyderabad and Faisalabad.
This year’s festival will showcase selected 82 films from 28 Countries, including several films by young Pakistani film makers. These films have been selected from a total of 1,100 film entries from 67 countries. This was an unexpectedly huge response to the submission call The Little Art made for international film entries in March 2016.
The festival Jury this year that selected top international entries for this year’s festival consisted of known Playwright/Educationist/Critic Mr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Pride of Performance Director/Actor Sarmad Khusat, Director and Owner KINO films, Ms. Tazeen Bari, Director/Actor Adeel Hashmi and known Independent Researcher at Film Museum Society, Ms. Wajiha Raza Rizvi.
The film programming has been carefully curated keeping in mind the young audience largely comprised of school children from different backgrounds.As part of the festival The Little Art announced it’s national film making competition “Once Upon a Film” inviting young local film makers to send in their short films and to showcase themselves at the Lahore/Karachi/Islamabad International Children’s Film Festival. The competition is open till the 30th of September and is accepting entries from children and young people for short films under 5 mins. The winning entries will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and mentorship by The Little Art to work on future film projects.
In summers this year,as part of the festival’s film education program, The Little Art conducted its LICFF film making workshops with a group of children in collaboration with CKU. The group worked closely with trainers to develop their original short films which will be showcased at the festival events.
Quotes by Festival Director, Shoaib Iqbal:
“Since the inception of The Little Art, one of our main ambitions has been to establish the film festival as a platform for understanding global cultures and celebrating creative expression of our youth through the rich medium of films. Since 2010, KICFF has been successful in achieving this goal by reaching out to over 70,000 children in schools and communities from Sindh with the best of children’s cinema from the entire world.We at The Little Art envision to keep providing exposure to young people in the region so they are able to develop their imaginations and engage in intellectual and social development; while also creating memorable experiences through the festival. After all, creative learning experiences and memories are what truly shape any human being”
Quotes by CEO Cinepax, Hashim Raza:
“It is a platform provided for young film makers, children and adults to participate in ICFF. Cinepax tends to bring the best cinematic experience along with interactive session of sharing ideas of arts through films.” said, Hashim Raza, CEO Cinepax.