60 Second Int’l film festival features US film directors
ISLAMABAD: US film directors Ted Braun and Marilyn Agrelo delivered keynote speeches at the 60 Second International Film Festival (www.60siff.com), held on Saturday at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad. Braun and Agrelo are visiting Pakistan with the US State Department’s American Film Showcase (AFS), a touring program that brings US documentaries and film experts to audiences around the world.
Their tour is organized in partnership with University of Southern California’s (USC) Film School. Braun and Agrelo praised the festival’s efforts in building filmmaking capacity among Pakistan’s youth.
They also spoke about the power of film to raise awareness of social issues and create social change.
“Across the whole range of cinematic arts, filmmakers can bring to life the dreams and struggles of everyday people, engage the pressing questions of our times, and stir audiences to act,” Braun said.
During their visit to Pakistan, Braun and Agrelo will lead workshops for emerging filmmakers, hold roundtable discussions of the US film industry with film professionals, and host screenings of the American documentary film Side by Side.