LAHORE - The International Film Festival being held at the premises of Lahore Arts Council’s Alhamra Halls concluded on a positive note that revival of film industry in Pakistan is around the corner.

The festival organized by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop showcased films like ‘Sapphires’, ‘Tara’, ‘Moor’ and ‘Manto’. Short films like ‘Symptoms’, ‘That’s why I don’t have brothers’, ‘Door been’ and many more were also part of the film festival. A large number of people from all walks of life attended the festival. The interactive discussion sessions with writers, film directors, and actors were informative and thought provoking.

Cuerdas a short film directed by Pedro Solis Garcia was showcased in the festival. It is a 10-minute short movie that tells the story of a friendship between Maria and a very special child who arrives at her school. Nicholasis was the child with cerebral palsy but Maria plays with him using many strings with the hope of improving his mobility. They soon become inseparable friends.

The aim of the festival was to improve commercial and independent cinema from around the world and bolster the revival of cinema, along with variety of international short films, animated movies and feature films. This year the festival hosted and featured films of prestigious artistes such as Om puri, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vikas Bhal, Jami Mahmood, Sarmad Khoosat and Adnan Sarwar.

Panel discussion that took place yesterday was moderated by Wajiha Raza Rizvi, and the guests were Asghar Nadeem Syed, Usman Peerzada and Sarmad sultan Khoosat.

Talking to The Nation Sarmad Khoosat said Pakistani film industry has improved a lot and a big thanks to the digital technology. ‘Filmmakers today have sense of making films like Manto, Bol, Moor and Shah, which were massive hits in India. I don’t feel equipments are now issue for the Pakistani film industry or filmmakers.