Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) is a travelling festival inspired by nomadic tradition of art, craft and creativity. The APFF is aimed at promoting peace through cinema by curating film festivals, holding dialogues and conducting master classes/short courses at different locations and cities of Asian countries.
Promoting cinema for peace
The core objective of APFF is to celebrate and enhance pluralistic spaces for creative expressions representing diverse cultures and communities of the Asian region.
Conceived in Mashhad and established in Islamabad in 2017 spring, the APFF has evolved as a multi-country network of film entities, film academies, film festivals and independent production houses representing Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, Singapore and Pakistan. APFF is registered with Federal Board of Revenue as a sole-proprietor social enterprise in Pakistan with its secretariat in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Initially, to commemorate the World Peace Day, the Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Government of Pakistan supported the first-ever Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) in Islamabad on 18-20 September 2017. As a second sequel, the APFF produced Karachi Edition under the theme of “Karachi Sub Ka” (Karachi for All) rebranding the biggest city of Pakistan as the “Capital of Creativity”. With a proactive support of Department of Culture, Heritage and Antiquities, Government of Sindh, a 4-day APFF- Karachi Edition was held at Karachi Expo Centre on 22-26 February 2018.
More than 70 filmmakers from Asian countries participated in two series of festivals in Islamabad in September 2017 and Karachi February 2018. Twelve (12) thematic discussions were conducted in Islamabad and in Karachi at the Asian Film Conference.
Highlights of APFF – Islamabad
CELEBRATING DIVERSITY – HARNESSING HORMONY
September 18-20, 2017
Venue: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Islamabad
Curtain Raiser (September 13, 2017): Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated Asia Peace Film Festival - Islamabad
Inauguration (September 18, 2017): Asia Peace Film Festival gets underway at PNCA, Minister of Interior and Narcotics Control Prof. Ahsan Iqbal was the Chief Guest of occasion
Grand Finale (September 20, 2017): Asia Peace Film Festival concludes with message of peace, Secretary Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage was the Chief Guest of the occasion
• In response to an open call for submissions released in April 2017, APFF received more than 800 entries (short films, documentaries, animations and micromentaries) from more than 70 countries of Asia.
• A 7-member regional Selection Committee representing Iran, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and China selected 109 films out 800.
• A three-member APFF core team further shortlisted 25 nominations those were submitted to 11 member local and Asian Jury who decided on the Finalists under each category.
• Trophies and cash prizes were awarded to the winners in all 5 categories (short film, documentary, animation, and micromentary and student film).
• Art for Peace – a 10-day art exhibition was curated by Sheila Zago and Gulnoori Ghani at the National Art Gallery, Islamabad
• Panel Discussions on cinematography, peace, human rights, women representation in film were cohosted with United Nations Information Centre, Bacha Khan Educational Trust Foundation, Care International and other civil society organizations.
Highlights of APFF – Karachi Edition
KARACHI SUB KA: REVIVING THE CAPITAL OF CREATIVITY
February 23-26, 2018
Venue: Expo Centre – Karachi
Inauguration (February 23, 2018): CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated Four-day Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition
Asian Icon of Peace: Remembering Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (February 26, 2018) Chief Guest Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan
Grand Finale (February 26, 2018): Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition concluded, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was the Chief Guest of the concluding ceremony/Grand Finale
• In response to an open call for submissions for Karachi Edition (only for Pakistan) more than 70 entries were received out of which 24 were selected and 2 were awarded in student and independent film maker category by the 4 member Karachi based jury.
• Six (6) thematic discussions were conducted in Karachi at the three-day Asia Film Conference.
• Asian Art Exhibitions: Selected Asian Art work was displayed during the event. Live paintings, mural and drawings were made. A platform for interaction, discussions and knowledge exchange between artists was provided during the event. Live activity of creating a mural in four days of the event with a theme of peace was conducted by the students of Karachi and signed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari which was later presented to a representative of Edhi Foundation.
• Kidography. The event was designed for kids to get a first-hand experience at making one minutes films of their own. Seasoned Pakistani and Asian Film makers supervised the entire activity while giving the kids their expert opinion and orientation.
• Follow-up screening of 109 shortlisted films in Karachi and Islamabad
• Asian Icon of Peace Conference – Karachi
Following five awards would be decorated:
- Best short film
- Best animation
- Best documentary
- Best music video
- Best Micromentary
APFF – Annual Edition 2018
To commemorate forthcoming World Peace Day (September 21, 2018), the Asia Peace Film Festival announces ‘call for submissions’ for the Annual Edition 2018. The host country and city would be announced in a subsequent announcement.
Theme for APFF Annual Edition 2018: Reimagining diversity and pluralism in Asia
Short film (not more than 30 minutes)
Animation (not more than 30 minutes)
Documentary (not more than 30 minutes)
Best music video (not more than 10 minutes)
Best Micromentary (not more than 3 minutes)
Early bird Deadline 1 - 30 April 2018 (Fee USD $ 1)
Regular Deadline 2 - 30 May 2018 (Fee: USD $ 2)
Final Deadline 3 - 15 June 2018 (Fee: USD $ 3)
Extended Deadline 4 - 30 June 2018 (Fee: USD $ 5)
• Content produced can be in any local/regional languages with English subtitles as a MUST.
• Media production houses and TV channels can also send their entries.
• Content produced on low-end technology would be subjected to the Jury approval for screening.
• Content produced before January 2016 would not qualify for screening.
• Complete professional profile of the Director, Writer, Producer and production team, story synopsis, production duration and purpose of production must be submitted along with each entry.
• $2 to be charged per submission
1. Every entry will be evaluated on basis of relevance of the subject with the festival theme, production standard, production style, sound and visual treatment, production quality, innovation, brevity and type of equipment used.
2. All finalists in different categories will be nominated as per the jury’s decision.
3. Certificate of acknowledgement of participation would be awarded to all participating teams.
4. Decision of the Jury would be the final word for selection of all finalists for all categories including selection for screening.
5. Work in progress can be considered as long as it meets the deadline of the festival.
6. Once filmmakers submit their film, it means that they accept all rules and terms enlisted in the APFF memo/website and agree that APFF can use their film data in order to develop its services, media products, promotional material, information kits etc.
7. By submitting your film through the laid down process you are agreeing to share the multiple screening rights with APFF.
8. All entries must follow appropriate copyright clearances and credit protocols (i.e. music, images, scripts, screenplays, sources, references etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.
9. The shortlisted films would be announced through APFF website and Facebook but finalists would be announced on the last day of the Festival. Any change in this sequence would be notified through APFF website and facebook.