Lahore International Children’s Film Festival (LICFF) 2013

- Pakistani

Learning activities are very important for children to groom their personalities. In Pakistan children’s cinema is quite a new phenomenon. Most of the people are not aware with this concept.

The Little Art (TLA), is a non-profit organization that is going to hold an international children’s film festival in Lahore from 16-21 September, 2013. This is the fifth edition of this festival.

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LICFF 2013 received almost 400 entries from 35 countries. Out of 400, 94 films from 27 countries were selected. Films by local film makers are also included in this list. The submission deadline was, at first, 30 April, 2013.

According to the LICFF organizers, the response from Pakistan was very poor rather than other countries. This is a 6-day festival which is being held at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore in collaboration of Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, Government of Punjab.

Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Shareef also encouraged this act and expressed his pleasure on the arrangement of the festival.

The basic purpose behind LICFF is film based learning and teaching. The films submitted and selected for the festival are made by and on the problems of children. This way, it becomes a complete domain of storytelling and art work, opening various ventures for children and adults to raise their voice on local issues and make their presence felt by the world and people around.

No doubt, it is a very effective technique to trach students through visual arts. Talking about film based learning and teaching, visual arts can surely be stated the most effective way to teach children different things and give them awareness.

For example, a selected film in the category of Pakistani films (Under 18) is Dengue – The Silent Killer, and another one is The Infection, according to the LICFF website.

These films will help the children to be aware about these dangerous diseaes and different ways to cope with them in an interesting manner. The Little Art (TLA) has also announced a national art competition with the name ArtBeat.

ArtBeat is a very effective visual arts project to aeare the children and youth about identity, rights, and social justice.
A compitition is organizespd wirh the theme “Me/My Rights”,where students can express their feelings.

Children and youngsters of 3-18 years of age from all over Pakistan submitted their work early this year. The winners will be given 30 different prizes and TLA has announced to fully sponsor two brilliant artists for Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts.

The platform of LICFF is open for all children and schools of Pakistan. This international film festival also provides indirect education and training to children.

Without any doubt it is an excellent efforts from LICFF. Now it’s up to our children and parents to take its full advantage and utilize this great opportunity in a productive way.