The Little Art, a non-profit organisation for non-formal education in Pakistan, has announced the dates for the 2014 season of their annual International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF) in Pakistan.

It will be the 4th iteration of the ICFF in Karachi and take place from 20th-23rd October in collaboration with the Teacher’s Resource Centre and a cinema. Lahore will host its 6th iteration of ICFF from 10th-15th November at a cinema and Faiz Ghar. Renowned personalities including artist and educationist Salima Hashmi, filmmaker Imran Babur, documentary film maker Samar Minallah Khan and writer Asghar Nadeem Syed are expected to be among the attendees at the Lahore ICFF.

This year’s ICFF will showcase a wide selection of 169 films from nearly 45 countries across the globe including Pakistan. The selection has been shortlisted keeping in mind the target audience of children and young people of all age groups. In Lahore, a special selection of films will be screened at Faiz Ghar which shall showcase films about children to be shown to a wider audience that will include teachers, parents, artists and art educators. The Lahore ICFF has received 22 noteworthy entries from Pakistan through the National Filmmaking Competition earlier this year and will be featuring the selected short films during the opening ceremony that have been made by young aspiring filmmakers from 8-18 years of age illustrating their views on various issues.

Speaking of the International Children’s Film Festival Shoaib Iqbal, Director of The Little Art and the ICFF said, “The process of refining children’s cinema and allowing children to adapt to a more interactive form of learning is a good enough reason to think that the International Children’s Film Festival is a one of a kind project.”

Adhering to the core vision of The Little Art to promote tolerance by inculcating art education and providing entertainment opportunities without any discrimination to the children of Pakistan from all walks of life, groups of children from shelter homes, special needs children and street children have been invited to the Festival this year. A record-breaking 1,160 submissions from 66 countries were received for the festival this year in response to The Little Art’s call in July 2014 to international filmmakers who participated from countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Argentina and France as well as many others.

Originally Published by The News

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