The Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) in collaboration with Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Government of Sindh brings Asian cinema to the biggest city of Pakistan, the “Capital of Creativity”.

For the first time ever, the star-studded Karachi Edition of Asia Peace Film Festival would be presenting a diverse, authentic and innovative cultural kaleidoscope resonating the curiosity, creativity and aesthetics of Karachites. The APFF Karachi Edition would be bringing together a large number of legendary filmmakers, directors, artists, animators, performers, media wizards, parliamentarians, academics, peace activists and dynamic students of cinematography from all over the country and across Asia.

Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) is a consortium of ten film entities from ten Asian countries including Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore. APFF is registered with Federal Board of Revenue as a sole-proprietor.

Initially, to commemorate the World Peace Day, the Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage supported first sequel of 3-day Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) in Islamabad on 18-20 September 2017. During the Festival, 109 films of different genres (short films, documentaries, micromentaries, and animations) from China, South Korea, Bosnia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Lebanon, Iraq and Malaysia and more than two dozen countries of Asia were screened and reviewed representing Asian cultural diversity. More than 30 foreign filmmakers, artists, performers, academics and members of creative community from 16 Asian Countries participated in APFF Islamabad Festival.

As a second sequel, the APFF-Consortium decided to produce its Karachi Edition under the theme of “Karachi Sub Ka” rebranding the biggest city of Pakistan as the “Capital of Creativity”.

Since, Karachi is the landing point for CPEC initiative as well as Gwadar which are not just physical realities but also the metaphors of new future; Karachi is also the only cosmopolitan city in Pakistan representative of truly multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-lingual landscape making the city a cultural kaleidoscope of Pakistan; and Karachi is a point of creative convergence and a true melting-pot of diverse cultures of the country.

Evidently, the need is to re-brand Karachi. To rip it free from disturbing imagolgiesof past and imagineer the future as the Capital of Creativity, Knowledge and Peace.

Core objectives of APFF-Karachi Edition include:

• Engaging international, national and local filmmakers and creative community to mainstream peace-building through film;
• Provide a platform of learning, experience-sharing and interaction between peace-building communities, young filmmakers and media industry/investors for cultural and ideational exchange;
• Show case films and art work from different countries of Asia on peace, diversity, inclusiveness, co-existence and reconciliation; and eventually and finally;
• Re-branding Karachi as a “Capital of Creativity, Knowledge and Diversity” by hosting a cultural kaleidoscope of Asia.

Key Features:

1. Central Screening – main screening of 109 films selected from 900 submissions from all across Asia
2. Parallel Screening – special country packages of films from select Asia countries
3. Art for Peace – exhibition of artwork from Asian countries and live painting/murals and drawings
4. Asia Film Conference – thematic discussions, conversations, lectures, interactions on Asian best practices related to policy, systems and functioning of film and creative industry in the region
5. Film Production Mater Class – interactive training sessions run by international faculty on cinematography for young filmmakers
6. Campus Cinema – student film screening based on the themes of peace, culture, heritage celebrating ‘Karachi Sub Ka’
7. Cultural Cuisine – multi-ethnic folk performances celebrating cultural diversity of Asia
8. Children Film Park – a bouquet of animations on peace education from all over Asia
9. Cultural Kiosks/Provincial Pavilions – display of provincial, regional and sub-regional cultures including cultural kiosks of Asian countries
10. Media/Film City – media and production houses to exhibit their work with focus on peace- building
11. Community@Peace – interactive space for civil society organizations working on peace-building

Call for Submissions

Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition invites submissions from Pakistani filmmakers focusing on following categories.


Genre Duration
1. Short film : Not less than 03 minutes and More than 30 minutes
2. Documentary : Not less than 03 minutes and More than 30 minutes
3. Animation : Not more than 30 minutes
4. Micro-mentary : Not less than 3 minutes

Eligibility Criterion
Thematics : Peace / Culture / Heritage / Diversity/ Inclusiveness / Co-existence / Peace Building
For Independent Film and Documentary Makers:
• Only films and documentaries produced on above themes would qualify for screening.
• One entry per Director and/or production Company only.
• Content produced can be in any local/regional languages with English sub-titles.
• Media Production Houses can also send their entries.
• Content produced on low-end technology would be subjected to jury approval for screening.
• Content produced more than 2 years ago 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 the each entry.
For University Students:
• Students from universities and media schools are encouraged to submit their thesis films/documentaries.
• Students who have completed their degree’s programs can send-in their final thesis.
• Content Produced on low-end equipment is subject to jury’s approval prior to screening

Overall Rating
  • Syra Sheikh

    I am looking forward to my participant certificate. Thank you

    March 2018
  • Syed Muhammad Hammad Wasti

    A good opportunity for the new comers/ first time film makers. Glad to have such events in the city.

    March 2018