Quetta Edition of all Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) was organized at the Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) from 17th to 19th June 2019. The festival displayed the creative and diverse credentials of Quetta recognizing the city’s placement as a ‘Cultural Kaleidoscope’ of the beautiful province, Balochistan. The title of the festival was ‘Creative Quetta’. Quetta literature Festival (QLF) was also taking place at the same time, in which local and International films participated. There were four segments in the festival including film screenings, conferences, master classes and art for peace exhibition.
The creative director Yasir Qureshi mentioned that 148 short films were showcased during the event. The films were received from 13 countries, including Pakistan, India, Singapore, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Lebanon. 15 training and orientation sessions especially designed for film and media students were conducted during the festival. According to the curator of the ‘Art for Peace’ exhibition, Gulnoor Ghani, the display curated the artworks of international artists and those from Balochistan.
Festival’s convener Ashraf Kakar said, “To strengthen the plural, diverse and inclusive identity of Quetta, the APFF would be bringing together a large number of filmmakers, artists, animators, performers, media wizards, parliamentarians, academics, peace activists and dynamic students of cinematography from all over the country and across Asia.”
Father’s Grave directed by Ali Mehdi won the award of Best Short Film while Murtaza Marri won the Best Documentary Award for Nurr Sur. The award of Best Animation went to Machinepur. Nadeem Dilpul won the Best Music Video for The Plea. According to estimates, more than 10,000 persons attended the APFF Quetta Edition and Quetta Literary Festival.
We really appreciate that the festival was held in Quetta as such events are mostly arranged in Karachi, Islamabad or Lahore and other cities like Quetta feel left out.