or the first time ever in the Asian filmmaking history, Pakistan will be only country holding the ‘Smartphone Film Festival’ in September this year. The Hollywood’s filmmaker and the founder of the iPhone Film Festival Mr. Ruben Kazantsev will be inaugurating the festival himself. It was revealed in a pre-launch ceremony at the Pak American Cultural Center (PACC) in Karachi.
Being held by the iSmart Films with the collaboration of the world’s renowned iPhone Film Festival, Wajood Media, Blems Production and MadJoint Studios, the upcoming Smartphone Film Festival will feature smart movies, films and documentaries etc. produced by the local filmmakers by using their Smartphone devices.
The main objective of the prelaunch ceremony cum press conference was to highlight the Asia’s first and the world’s 9th Smartphone Film Festival being held this year in Pakistan. The press conference commenced with the detailed media briefing regarding the prime objectives of the festival, including a question & answer session. After this, a film reviewing session was also held showcasing the amazing movie-making projects produced by the local young filmmakers and media students through their cellphone devices.
Speaking on the historic occasion, Mr. Kamran Ata, Cofounder iSmart Films, said that the modern telecommunication devices and newly-introduced smart phones and had enabled common men and women to capture thrilling stories and share those videos via social media in a second.
“Thanks to these small, pocket-sized mobile phones, Pakistani youth has got a wonderful medium to showcase their hidden talent as potential filmmakers and make a bigger impact in the filmmaking world globally. Considering the growing number of Smartphone users in the country, this mega Smartphone Film Festival renders an equal opportunity to both men and women, especially empowering our local women to rule the roost with the power of Smartphone technology and the vigilant eye for capturing the imagination,” added by Mr. Ata, Cofounder iSmart Films.
Mr. Abid Beli, Cofounder iSmart Films, also spoke on the occasion. In his address, he invited local Smartphone users to make the most of this tremendous opportunity by submitting their films and the rest of the video creations in the upcoming mega festival.
Being made with the collaboration of iSmart Films, the audiences were also introduced the filming projects submitted by Ms. Asma Alwaz of Khairpur Sindh and Mr. Faizan Sheikh, a student of Iqra University Karachi, including many other students of media studies. These video concepts received an outstanding applause from the viewers.
The internationally known ‘iPhone Film Festival’ provides a platform for young filmmakers, offering support and motivation to help them create visually appealing masterpieces that have the ability to change the world. Now, with thousands of film submissions from over 50 countries around the world, the iPhone Film Festival has provided an outlet for some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and has enabled them to showcase their work to a global audience.
Based in Karachi, Pakistan, iSmart Films is a company that crafts professional videos, movies and filmmaking through Smartphone devices. Being a team of musicians, designers, and filmmakers with more than 10 years of experience in production, iSmart Films has strategically partnered with leading Dubai and US-based companies for creating smart movies, films & visuals through pocket-sized phone devices in place of conventional filmmaking equipment.
Sounds interesting, how can one participate? and the submissions would be world wide or within the country?
Unfortunately, I believe Pakistan is not the first asian smartphone film festival… Japan and South Korea already started one few years back… just thought you guys should know!