Srinagar: Aiming to revive film watching culture in Kashmir, Actors Creative Theatre (ACT), is all set to host its second film festival in Srinagar.
The five day Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) will begin on Wednesday at Tagore Hall, Srinagar with a collection of national and international films from different categories.
Addressing a press conference here, the festival director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said that the habit of watching films in Kashmir has been lost and ACT has taken an initiative to set things on right track.
“During the festival, the films from different categories will be screened for the audience which include feature fiction films, feature length documentary films, short fiction films, short documentary films, short animation films and experimental,” Khan said.
Some 30 films in different languages will be screened during the festival, the organizers said.
Mushtaaque said the “success” of the first edition inspired ACT to hold the second edition of KWFF.
“We received so much love, warm wishes and standing ovations from the audience during the first film festival,” he said.
Besides the film festival, a five-day workshop will be also held during the first half of the day. “The workshop will be for the media students and the film lovers who want to know about the technical and aesthetical part of cinema and film making,” Mushtaaque said. “We have chosen the topic as introduction to cinema where many Bollywood filmmakers will interact with the audience and they will also seek feedback from them.”
Film makers and script writers like Syed Mirza, Govind Nihalani, Narender Mohan, Anuraj Patil, Ashok Koul, Anwar Jamal, Mohan Singh were also present during the presser. They also interacted with the media persons and expressed their happiness about seeing such festivals in Kashmir.
“Kashmiris are very talented people and it hasn’t been explored yet, I want to see Kashmiris successful in every field across the globe. I believe this initiative taken by the organizers will set the base,” Ashok Koul, a Kashmiri origin film director said.
Anwar Jamal, a renowned documentary film maker urged the need for “creating a sense” for reviving cinemas that were closed during the turmoil.
“There is also the need to understand youth who were born in 90s,” he said.
Jamal also questioned the media coverage on Kashmir saying the media covers certain aspects of the Valley and then generalises entire Kashmir through those reports.