The Izhar by Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) held a screening ceremony of the top 25 short films produced by trainees from across Pakistan who participated in the first-ever fellowship program on the social and political rights of women. The event was held on Thursday 30 March 2017 at the National Library of Pakistan, in Islamabad.

Following deliberations by the jury members – renowned music video and commercial film directors Amena Khan and Sohail Javed; Founder of Morango Films Abrar Ul Hassan; Co-Founder of 60SIFF and Morango Films Affan Alam; and Social Media Director Laiq Qureshi – the best 10 fellows of IBFF were announced as:

  1. Rafay Latif from Sindh – ‘Shukria’ [Thank You]
  2. Rani Wahidi from Balochistan – ‘Ehtram’ [Respect]
  3. Raiha Akram from Punjab – ‘All Eyes On You’
  4. Ebaad Shams from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – ‘Importance’
  5. Talha Adil from Sindh – ‘No Strings Attached’
  6. Gulzar Nayani from Sindh – ‘The Gaze’
  7. Ramla Yaqoob from Punjab – ‘Meri Pyari Beti’ [My Lovely Daughter]
  8. Ali Azmat from Sindh – ‘Careless’
  9. Wajahat from Gilgit-Baltistan – ‘Agahi’ [Awareness]
  10. Ahmed Hassan from Islamabad – ‘Zameer’ [Conscious]

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In addition, awards were also presented to the following 3 filmmakers under the category of ‘film with the best message:

  1. Sarah Rehman from Sindh – ‘The Transit’
  1. Nida Ramzan from Punjab – ‘A Vow’
  1. Abuzar Mir from Islamabad – ‘Barabar’ [Equal]

Speaking during the screening ceremony, Abrar ul Hassan (Co-Founder Morango Films) expressed his delight over the work of the IBFF trainees and said “It is overwhelming to have received such impactful films made by the aspiring youngsters, who have endeavored to depict aspects of rights of women in a very realistic way.”


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