The Little Art organized the second Zero mm Youth Film Festival South Asia over the weekend in Lahore at Aangun – Center for Learning and Culture.
The Zero mm presented 18 selected films from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The films were on a range of themes and presented related to youth and South Asia. The festival received nearly 650 submissions and was selected to showcase some of the finest films.
The Zero mm is an international film festival presenting films on a range of themes related to youth and South Asia. It aims to act as a launch-pad for emerging filmmakers in South Asia by providing an audience to create dialogue through cinema. It envisions nurturing young filmmakers, activating an audience for South Asian identity and inspiring new generation.
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This year, the festival event was supported by Pak-US Alumni Network since festival director Shoaib Iqbal is a US alumni and a member of the network in Pakistan. The network facilitates like-minded people working together to create innovative and new projects for the benefit of Pakistani people. The festival was inaugurated by US Consulate Public Diplomacy Officer Karl Rogers as the chief guest.
“It is my pleasure to attend this wonderful event. The festival gave a platform to emerging filmmakers to showcase, and the audience to ask questions on the stories presented, as well as about the film and art form. We are glad that PUAN can organize such events that promote dialogue and collaborations,” he said.
“We created Zero mm as a platform four years ago, that can present shared stories through films made by emerging filmmakers. The festival support the films that are less seen, and promotes empathy and tolerance through dialogue across the South Asian countries,” said Shoaib Iqbal, director of The Little Art.
The festival aims to nurture an international community of the young filmmakers, activated the audience and inspire the new generation. The Little Art is a non–profit organization working for promoting arts education and providing creative learning opportunities to children and young people in Pakistan.