(PRESS RELEASE)
ASIA PEACE FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS OFFICIAL SELECTION OF FILMS FOR 2nd EDITION

 

Islamabad (December 11, 2018): The Asia Peace Film Festival announced today the results of selection committee slated for the 2nd Annual Addition.
Masoud Soheili, an awarded Iranian filmmaker who is associated with the APFF as creative director has informed that, “We received more than 329 submissions in four genres consisting of short films, documentaries, animation and music videos from more than 70 countries, mainly from Asian region. The APFF-designated regional selection committee has selected 16 animations, 36 short films, 12 documentaries and 14 music videos out of more than 72 hours of run-time”.
Yasir Qureshi, executive director of APFF announced that official selection in the respective genres will be screened in the APFF 2nd edition organized in collaboration with International Student Convention to be held on 12-13th December at Pak-China Friendship Center, Islamabad.
Responding to a question, Qureshi informed that 10 Pakistani films have also been selected for the second annual edition of APFF 2018.
Amjad Bhatti, Chairman of the Asia Peace Film Festival said, “culture is the key to unlock peace in Asia and film is the medium to initiate a dialogue between diverse cultures and societies. The second edition of APFF presents a diverse set of creative expressions produced by the Asian filmmakers, animators and singers.
While commenting on the process Kamran Durrani, managing director APFF explained that it took about 7 months to complete the whole process from announcement to selection and we are highly encouraged to see such an impressive response by the national and international creative community for participating in the competition.
“It is pertinent to mention that Asia Peace Film Festival maintains its online database at https://filmfreeway.com/AsiaPeaceFilmFestival whereby call for entries is published notifying specific eligibility criteria for the film submission”, Kamran explained.
Asharf Kakar, director communication and partnerships added that the APFF Film Festival is also organizing a book launch and panel discussion on “Alternative Cinema in Pakistan: Challenges and Prospects”. The book “Journey Through Lens” is co-authored by Aijaz Gul and Jamal Sohail. The book have been reviewed both as a reference and text book documenting the much-needed cinematic history of Pakistan. The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion on the challenges and prospects of Pakistani alternative cinema with contemporary film-makers and professionals from the industry.
Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) is a travelling festival inspired by nomadic tradition of art, craft and creativity striving to bring filmmaking and peace building communities together creating interface for a cultural dialogue.