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‘Lyrical Lahore’: Asia-Pacific Film Festival’s 3rd edition kicks off on 20th; Of 370 entries, 125 films will be selected in four categories for screening; film classes and conference will also be held. 

 Herald Report

ISLAMABAD: The third edition of the Asia-Peace Film Festival will kick off at Lahore on November 20. The theme of the three-day event is ‘Global goals — story begins at Home’.

“The aim of the festival’s third edition is to build a narrative of peace by engaging youth in creative activities to counter the rising tide of extremism,” the APFF Director, Communications and Partnership, Ashraf Kakar said.

The three-day grand event, he said, would be held at the Punjab Institute of Literature, Art and Culture (PILAC), Lahore, which would be open to the general public.

“The festival also aims at rejuvenating Lahore and connect creative people, especially youngsters with the Asian region’s creative community to celebrate the lyrical lures of the city highlighting its cultural and historical identity as a ‘syncretic center’ of Pakistan,” he said.

Sharing the details of the event, he said so far, the APFF has received more than 370 submissions in four categories of short films, animations, documentaries, and music videos to compete for awards. Judges, participants, and spectators are coming from more than 40 Asian countries, he added.

The festival would showcase more than 125 selected films in all four categories in addition to the special screening of feature films, Mr Kakar said.

APFF would also facilitate three policy dialogue sessions during a conference as part of the festival. Top of the line filmmakers, actors, experts, academicians, and celebrities would brainstorm on different themes of peace, art, culture, and heritage during the conference and how to revive parallel cinema.

On the sidelines of the festival, film production classes will also be held for filmmaking students and learners from public and private universities.

Asia-Peace Film Festival (APFF) is a consortium of film entities from Asian countries. Since its inception in 2017, APFF has been a platform for new work from established filmmakers and discoveries from emerging voices in short film, documentary, animation and music videos.

The APFF’s first edition was organized in Islamabad to commemorate World Peace Day, followed by Karachi edition that was organized in 2018 with the theme “Karachi Sab Ka” (Karachi for everyone).

Recently APFF Quetta edition wars organised under the theme “Creative Quetta”.

APFF Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta editions hosted more than 75 international delegates, artists, filmmakers, directors, producers and faculty members from Asian countries and attracted a number of national celebrities and young filmmakers to benefit from a unique gathering of creative community spreading the message of peace through cinematography, Mr Kakar concluded

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