October 13, 2014

The Little Art announces dates for the 2014 season of the International Children’s Film Festival in Pakistan!!!!

The Little Art, a non-profit organizationfor non-formal education in Pakistan has announced the dates for the 2014 season of their annual International Children’s Film Festival [ICFF] in Pakistan. This will be the 4th iteration of the ICFF in Karachi and will take place from 20th – 23rd October in collaboration with the Teacher’s Resource Centre and Cinepax Cinema. Lahore will host its 6th iteration of ICFF in collaboration with Cinepax Cinema from 10th – 15th November at Cinepax Cinema and FaizGhar. Renowned personalities including artist and educationist SalimaHashmi, filmmaker Imran Babur, documentary film maker Samar Minallah Khan and writer AsgharNadeem Syed are expected to be among the attendees at the LahoreICFF (LICFF).
This year’s ICFF will showcase a wide selection of 169films from nearly 45 countries across the globe including Pakistan. The selection has been shortlisted keeping in mind the target audience of children and young people of all age groups. In Lahore, a special selection of films will be screened at Faiz Ghar which shall showcase films about children to be shown to a wider audience that will include teachers, parents, artists and art educators.The Lahore ICFF has received 22 noteworthy entries from Pakistan through the National Filmmaking Competition earlier this year and will be  featuring the selected short films during the opening ceremony that have been made by young aspiring filmmakers from 8-18 years of age illustrating their views on various issues.
Speaking of the International Children’s Film Festival Shoaib Iqbal, Director of The Little Art and the ICFF said, “The process of refining children’s cinema and allowing children to adapt to a more interactive form of learning is a good enough reason to think that the International Children’s Film Festival is a one of a kind project.”
Adhering to the core vision of The Little Art to promote tolerance by inculcating art education and providing entertainment opportunities without any discrimination to the children of Pakistanfrom all walks of life, groups of children from shelter homes, special needs children and street children have been invited to the Festival this year. A record-breaking 1,160 submissions from 66 countries were received for the Festival this year in response to The Little Art’s call in July 2014 to international filmmakers who participated from countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Argentina and France as well as many others.
The Little Art [TLA] is anon-profit organization, devoted to promoting arts education in Pakistan.  Indeed the TLA team is driven by the belief that the arts have the potential to provide larger intermediary learning spaces and opportunities to bridge the gap between imparting new ideas and formal education with its ability tocaptivate children through numerous avenues to think, create, inspire and act positively.


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