Cinema is on a roll in Pakistan and one entity busy in riding (or rather steering) the bandwagon in the right direction is ARY Digital Network, which announced the first ever ARY Film Festival to be held in Karachi from May 4 – 6, 2017. A press conference was held to introduce the festival and announce the lineup of unique films that would be screened at the Cinepax Cinemas in Ocean Mall. Some of the films being showcased include Masters of the Sky, 6 Cup Chai, Kahaani, 100 Steps – Sou Qadam, etc. Apart from the regular entries, the festival is also coming up with special screenings of internationally appreciated films such as Maheen Zia’s Lyari Notes, Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velazquez Story contributed by the American Film Showcase and Anjum Shehzad’s Mah e Mir. Academy award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Song of Lahore will also be premiered at the festival.
In total there were more than 400 films received from various countries around the world including Pakistan, India, USA, UK, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia Brazil, Russia, Australia, Ireland, Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia. More than 80 international films were received out of which a total of 35 films will be screened this year, which is a good mark for the first year of any festival. The festival is screening films in four categories: Short Film, Feature Film, Short Documentary and Feature Documentary.
The line up looks quite interesting and we’re definitely excited for it.