Beaconhouse National University Film Festival (BNU-FF) concluded its 3rd edition on Thursday, April 18, 2019 by showcasing student films and honoring young filmmakers with awards. Numerous films were screened during the event which included short films, documentaries and music videos submitted from all over the country.
The two day festival kicked off on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with the screening of Andkaar directed by Farhad Riaz. The film exposes misogynist elements in our society. It was followed by a panel discussion on Story Telling in Films. The panelists comprised of acclaimed novelist Amna Mufti, scriptwriter Faseeh Bari Khan and veteran filmmaker Iqbal Rizvi. The speakers encouraged students to write and refine their ideas in the language of their choice.
"Illusion/Production?..... The Art" was the topic of second session and the list of panelists included renowned filmmakers like Shoaib Khan, Rashid Khawaja, Umair Fazli and Haissam Hussain. The experts took students on a historical journey of how film industry grew and evolved with time in the subcontinent.
The last session was on post-production.The production maestros such as Salman Nafees, Ali Malik and Ibrar Ali shared their knowledge and experience of film editing with the students and how an editor can enhance the vision of a director. The session was followed by an interactive question and answer session addressing the issues that young film makers face while editing a film.
The final day began with the screening of TFT faculty member Nasir Ali Mazari's documentary Khaak. It was followed by a panel discussion "Moving Images - Exhibition". The panelists reiterated that in modern world there is no excuse for young filmmakers as they have countless opportunities to showcase their work through social media and film festivals happening around the world. Department of Theatre, Film & TV had arranged for an official screening of one of the highest grossing films of Pakistan, "Teefa in Trouble". Simultaneously, the student films were being screened for the participants and film enthusiasts. As the day turned to night, the most awaited moment of the festival, the awards ceremony began with fireworks and music. Pop singer Jawad Ahmad was the chief guest of the occasion. Jury members adjudged two films for The Best Documentary award: Dera Bugti By Qasim Khan (Hajvery University) and "Three Piece Bowl" by Abeera Fatima (National College of Arts). Similarly, jury members declared two music videos as winners "Raqeeb" by Areeba Naveed (NCA) and "Ae Ajnabi" by Fahad Mustafa (BNU). The night ended with Iqra University's short film "Mehram" bagging five awards including the prestigious Best Short Film award along with Best Director, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Actress.