The Opening Ceremony Of The Second Edition Of Naqsh Digital Film Festival

The opening ceremony of the second edition of Naqsh Digital Film Festival was held at New Auditorium of Fatima Jinnah Women University. The event was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, PTV Films, UNFPA, Rime Digital, Directors Guilds of Pakistan and Cheezious, besides the university faculty and students.

Speaking at the event, the chief guest UNFPA Pakistan representative Dr. Luay Shabaneh said that there is no better medium than art to express the culture of any country. Film is a tested weapon for social change, which should be used by female students to establish a powerful identity in the society. He also said that climate change is one of the major threats facing us and all segments of the society including students need to play their part. Naqsh Digital Film Festival with specific themes on Climate Change will play an important role in highlighting such issues.

Member of Parliament and Secretary of Women's Parliamentary Caucus, Dr. Shahida Rahmani while addressing the event said that country's development is not possible without economic and social equality. Ms. Fatima Jinnah, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan and Ms. Benazir Bhutto are torchbearers for women. This is the era of media and social media in which these small films can play a big role.

Speaking at the event, Vice Chancellor Dr. Saima Hamid said that such festivals are very important for two reasons. They provide a platform to students to showcase their talents and also bring academia and professional circles closer. She said Naqsh Digital Film Festival will highlight women's issues through themes like sexual violence, child marriage and women empowerment. Instead of focusing only on fame and fortune, students should work on areas that uncovers real issues faced by society especially women. She thanked UNFPA, PTV Films, Directors Guild of Pakistan, Cheezious and RIME Digital, saying that it was very difficult to organize such events without support from organizations like these. She also encouraged the students to actively participate in the festival.