FiLUMS - the LUMS International Film Festival, hosted annually by the LUMS Media Arts Society (LMA), is one of the largest student-organized film festivals in South Asia and the largest in Pakistan.

FiLUMS gathers amateur and professional filmmakers from all over the world to express their creativity through film. FiLUMS hopes to give the film-making industry of Pakistan and abroad a much needed resuscitation by serving as an important platform for young upcoming filmmakers, whom, we hope, will bring about a thorough and effective revival of the Pakistani and international Cinema.

Here, amateurs and experts come together to create an event that paves way for learning, inspiration, progress and constructive criticism – creating a space where new ideas are sown and old ones nourished, and with this, FiLUMS continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.

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Submissions at FiLUMS are open in 5 categories, namely Shorts, Feature Length, Documentary, Music Video and Animation.

There are two stages of scrutiny before the films received at the festival can claim awards. Each entry is initially examined to be shortlisted among the 100 best entries which are screened at the festival. These selected films are then forwarded to an external jury specially formulated for each category, and the final awards are given on the basis of judgment given by the judges who are experienced, well-acclaimed, and considered to be the best authority in their respective fields.

One of the most important components of FiLUMS is the workshops that are conducted by qualified professionals, many of whom have achieved a celebrity status. Such celebrities not only recount their learning experiences but also offer invaluable assistance in the form of well-seasoned advice. Workshops previously held at FiLUMS have included a wide variety of topics, ranging from pre-production, post-production, film marketing to biographical accounts of members of the Pakistani Film Industry. We hope that such interactions will help several budding filmmakers and artists get access to bright opportunities in media and entertainment, while enabling others to find a direction to hone their creativity and skills.

FiLUMS, over the short traverse of its journey, has also seen success achieved in premiering professional and mainstream films during the festival. These films highlight what filmmakers in Pakistan and abroad are capable of, as FiLUMS has consistently promoted them to large audiences from all over Pakistan. Over the years these premieres have grown in profile in terms of the stars from Lollywood that have previously attended them. FiLUMS has had the honour of bringing to the Pakistani audience several renowned films, such as The Dusk, I Have a Dream, Children of the Taliban, Heal, Made in Pakistan, Kashf, Zibahkhana, Shanu Taxi, and Zinda Lash among others, and has seen big names such as Syed Noor, Bilal Lashari, Usman Peerzada, Rasheed Naz, and Reema Khan attending the festival.

FiLUMS continues to expand its horizons with each passing year. Its journey spans from a small initiative 8 years ago, with around 50 regional participants, to an international platform of its current standing, with a record number of entries (more than 250 international and 500 national) in initial years and a total of over 200 entries in last year alone.. Each year, the talent and creativity presented at FiLUMS far exceeds that of previous years, and it is with such a pace that this nascent film festival is progressing towards its aim of becoming the central hub of a cinematic revival in Pakistan and abroad.

Awards & Prizes

International awards:
1. Best Documentary
2. Best Short
3. Best Feature
4. Best Animation
5. Best Music Video

National awards:
1. Best Feature Length Film
2. Best Short Film
3. Best Documentary
4. Best Animation
5. Best Direction
6. Outstanding Performance by an Actor/Actress
7. Best Editing
8. Best Cinematography
9. Best Screenplay
10. Best Sound Design
11. Best Concept - Documentary
12. Best Music Video
13. Best Concept – Music Video
14. Best Youth Film

Rules & Terms

Please make sure to go through both the ‘Rules and Regulations' and the ‘Terms & Conditions' that follow before participation in FiLUMS 2017. Participants shall be responsible for compliance to the given terms.

All deadlines, ‘Rules and Regulations’, and ‘Terms and Conditions’ should be adhered to at all times during the event.

Dates for the event, deadlines, details, and rules are subject to change; in the event of a revision an announcement shall be made on the website.

The FiLUMS host team reserves the right to play films as they find suitable, and also the right to disqualify or not play a film deemed inappropriate; no such decision may be challenged or questioned.

The event will be covered by radio and television representatives, along with print & electronic media. All participants hereby stand informed of the possibility that some (small insignificant) parts of the submissions and trailers might be used for promotional purposes.
*For this purpose no submission will be extensively made publicly available or aired for its significant parts, as to cause inconvenience to the participants.

Award-winners shall be identified by entry, and all participant teams and individuals would be identified likewise. An individual or a team can be associated with more than one entry.

All decisions of the panelists, regarding both shortlisting and the final awards, shall be final and may not be challenged or debated upon.

By participating and making a submission, you, as participant, understand these terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.

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    Asim Saadi

    FiLUMS is a great initiative for promoting filming making Talent in Pakistan and internationally. The event was well organized! and will be participating again Next year! :)

    March 2017