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Asia’s first Smartphone Film Festival was held in Karachi

Pakistan secured 8th position in Asia’s first ever Smartphone Film Festival, which was held yesterday evening here at the Pak American Cultural Centre (PACC) in Karachi. Organized in Pakistan by the iSmart Films, the Festival was the world’s 9th pocket cinema film festival, which featured only those films and movies which were produced by young filmmakers from all over the world using their mobile phone devices only.

A total of 1058 films were submitted from over 110 countries, where in Hassan Zaidi from Lahore, Pakistan got an 8th position for his documentary film titled “Colors of death,” which is about the ‘coloured chickens’ sold after dyeing in the pet market in Lahore.

Among the top five winning films of the Festival were ‘Oven Glove’ from Ireland, ‘CHASM’ and ‘How to rob the house’ from the United States, ‘Sector Zero 4’ from Spain, and ‘Gloomy boy’ from France

Launched in Jun this year, the last date of film submission was December 5, while the entries were judged by a panel of filming experts, including Shahzad Nawaz, Jami Mehmood, Furqan T. Siddiqui, Adil Murad, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, and others. Awards were conferred to the top 10 films selected. Among the media partners of the Smartphone Film Festival were the Jang Media Group, GEO TV, FM91, FM107 and Tune.pk.

The submitted films were screened at nine different venues, including the Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN), DotZero, DCTO Academy, Nazeer Hussain University (NHU), the Pak American Cultural Centre (PACC), and the Arena Multimedia, Karachi.

The Smartphone Film Festival was hosted by the iSmart Films in collaboration with seven international festivals from the United States, Spain, New Zealand, France, Macedonia, etc. In the festival, the ‘School of Smartphone Film Production’ was also inaugurated, followed by the launching of a ‘Web TV’. The iSmart Films unveiled its ‘Video Resume Portal’ in the event, including the launching of different portals for videos, news, and online shopping.

The iSmart Films has recently introduced ‘Mobile Journalism’ in Pakistan, an emerging form of filmmaking and new media storytelling where pocket-sized communication devices with network connectivity are used to capture, gather, edit and distribute shots and visuals.

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The awards are organized annually to give recognition to noteworthy Pakistanis and celebrate their accomplishments which have highlighted the country in a positive light globally

Pakistani superstar Humayun Saeed was awarded ‘Best Actor 2015’ at the Pakistan Achievement Awards UK & Europe held in London on 14th November’15. Humayun looked dapper in a formal white suit, with a crisp brown shirt and a striped tie. He was seen having a good time alongside his Jawani Phir Nahin Ani co-star Javed Sheikh. Other invitees included individuals born in or with direct origin from Pakistan, from different walks of life – from business and the arts – who have achieved great success in their respective professions.

It wouldn’t be wrong to call 2015 a milestone year in Humayun’s impressive career, as he made an extremely successful comeback in films with two international blockbusters Bin Roye and Jawani Phir Nahin Ani. He is currently busy prepping for his much awaited tele-vision comeback with the Six Sigma Plus produced serial ‘Dillagi’, which will be airing in 2016.

Speaking about receiving this prestigious award, Humayun said “I feel very humbled and thankful. It is always an honor to be recognized at such international platforms and to inter-act with South Asians who are based abroad as they have helped put Pakistan’s entertainment industry on the global map. There is such amazing talent in Pakistan, and I am pleased to have represented it at this great platform”.

The selected films and movies from all over the world will be shown in a 2-day film carnival, which will help Pakistan enter the international filmmaking arena

The Asia’s first smartphone film festival, organized by the iSmart Films, is set to begin on December 19 & 20. Being held this year in Karachi, it will also be the world’s 9th pocket cinema film festival of its kinds, featuring such films, movies and documentaries that are produced by using a pocket-sized mobile phone in place of conventional movie cameras and other filmmaking equipment.

Commenced on June 14, 2015, a total of 1017 films from more than 110 countries, including Pakistan, have been submitted by young filmmakers for the festival, while the last date of submission is December 5, 2015. The jury consists of such leading filming experts as Shahzad Nawaz, Jami Mehmood, Furqan T. Siddiqui, Adil Murad, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, and others, Along with a market leader in Advertising Brand Logic has also signed MOU for Activation Campaigns.

The iSmart Films has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Visionary Foundation Pakistan to introduce ‘Mobile Journalism’ in the social development sector, which is an emerging form of filmmaking and new media storytelling where pocket-sized communication devices with network connectivity capture, gather, edit and distribute shots and visuals.

“A new industry is emerging in Pakistan which will create thousands of employment opportunities for the local youth, who can now prove their mettle internationally simply by using their mobile phones,” Abid Beli, Founder iSmart Films, said

The iSmart Films has been already conducting free workshops and training programs in different colleges and universities to teach modern filmmaking and reporting techniques via smartphones. A curriculum is also being designed by international experts to teach mobile journalism in Pakistan. Based in Karachi, Pakistan, the iSmart Films has also acquired the distribution rights of five Smartphone filming tools companies for the Asian region.

The Smartphone Film Festival is being hosted in Pakistan in collaboration with seven international festivals from the United States, Spain, New Zealand, France, Macedonia, etc. In the festival, the ‘School of Smartphone Film Production’ will be also inaugurated, followed by the launching of a ‘Web TV.’ The iSmart Films will also unveil its ‘News Portal,’ including a range of web portals for videos, video resumes, and online shopping.
Contact: abidbeli@gmail.com / 03219204942

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