2nd BNU Film Festival attracted filmmakers and students
Over 300 people attended the 2nd Film Festival held in Beaconhouse National University and organized by Department of Theatre, Film and Television from 15-17 February, 2018. The three day festival was attended by industry’s prominent filmmakers and students of various universities.
The festival showcased three categories of filmmaking: Music Video, Documentary and Short Film. Day-1 started with screening of short films, followed by a discussion by a panel of young filmmakers comprising Narmeen Ijaz, Alizeb Raees, Shahrukh Naveed and Khurram Nawaz. After lunch break, a session “The Craft of Big Screen” was moderated by Qazi Akhyar with panelists Nasir Khan, Bilal Sami and Saad Azhar. The session was succeeded by a special screening of film Jeewan Haathi. The day concluded with screening of documentaries made by students.
Day-2 started with same zeal as Day-1. Music videos were screened and judged by jurors Adnan Kandhar and Saqib Siddiqui. It was followed by a panel discussion on Role of Documentary Films. The panelists were Mr. Hafeez Tahir, one of the most senior TV producer and director, and Mr. Azhar Sukhera, assistant professor at University of Lahore. The session was moderated by Mr. Nasir Ali Mazari. The day was concluded with a special screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s feature documentary Songs of Lahore.
The last day started with screenings of top 3 films of main competition of all three categories. It was followed by a discourse on Semiotics in Film by Dr. Ahmed Bilal and Ayesha Bilal. The discourse was succeeded by another talk on Acting for Screen and addressed by Prof. Shahnawaz Zaidi. Then came the most awaited session of the festival, Amjad Islam Amjad in conversation with Dr. Ahmad Bilal on the topic Kahani Kisse Kehte Hain?
To motivate students and to celebrate their filmmaking, BNU awarded them with shields and cash prizes. Lots of Calcium by Zoya Uzair bagged the award of best music video. In documentary category, two documentaries were judged as winners: Neelum Valley by Sidra Rasheed and Surgardish by Komal Ghazali. In the main competition of short film category, although, Ali Sohail’s Nanu Aur Me bagged four awards of best editing, best cinematographer, best actor and best director but Agent 302 by Zaid Safdar was judged as the best short film by the jurors.
Prominent media personalities Amjad Islam Amjad, Shahnawaz Zaidi, Hafeez Tahir and other guests praised and appreciated this effort. They congratulated the Department of Theatre, Film and TV for organizing a wonderful and successful 3 day festival. The evening was ended with refreshments for all the participants, students and distinguished guests.