PUNJAB Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that there is a need for promoting mutual respect, tolerance and sharing of happiness in the society.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of 6th Lahore International Children Film Festival, here on Sunday. Certificates and awards were distributed among the winners of national immature film making competition of documentary and short duration movie produced by the students of 24 Pakistani schools.

Rana Mashhood said that young film makers were ruling the film industry of Pakistan today. He said it was a matter of satisfaction that more than 6,000 entries were received in short film making, documentary films, theatre and art & craft segment in the Punjab Youth Festival last year and about 4.8 million youths took part in the event. He said it was an honour for Pakistan that it was declared the world’s biggest performing event by Guinness World Records.

The minister said that film making was considered the most effective tool of expression of creative ability. He said the Punjab government would provide all-out resources to the youth in this sector. Prominent intellectual Asghar Nadeem Syed, TV artiste Adeel Hashmi, Usman Pirzada and Director Little Art Organisation Shoaib Iqbal also spoke on the occasion. Short film ‘Youth of Pakistan’ produced by the students of Lahore College of Arts and Science (LACAS) Barki Campus won the best film award; ‘Guria’ produced by Lahore Grammar School Johar Town Campus secured second position while short film ‘Aakhri Bazi’ produced by the students of Beaconhouse National University Lahore got third position. Out of 1,160 children films of 70 countries, 167 films will be screened at Faizgarh Model Town and Cineplex DHA during next six days.

Originally Published by The News

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