A certificate distribution ceremony was held at the end of a four-day hands-on intensive screen writing workshop at the IBA City Campus organized by the Pakistan International Film Festival under the banner of Karachi Film Society. The four-day workshop which started from November 4, 2018 was conducted by the renowned Indian screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker Ashwini Malik.
Certificates were distributed among the participants at the end of the workshop by the Chief Guest Mr Jamil Baig, CEO Nueplex Cinemas and founding member of KFS. He admired the passion of all participants and encouraged them to enroll in similar programmes to gain knowledge and command over the technical requirements of the job. He also stressed on the need of having such workshops on a regular basis to train and develop resources required in this new age of cinema.
The workshop for fresh writers was developed in two stages. The first stage was to impart the essential principles of the art and craft of screenwriting to the participants, and later they were tasked to develop a screenplay under mentor-ship during the workshop. The workshop also discussed the uniqueness of storytelling in the subcontinent, and how Indian and Pakistani films are different in their approach from the Western models.
The second workshop for mid-career writers will be held from November 8 to 10, 2018.
Ashwini Malik is a screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker. After graduating from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1994, he began his career by writing and directing TV shows. He has been teaching screenwriting since 2004, at FTII, Pune and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. He regularly conducts workshops in India and abroad, and has been a mentor at several script labs including New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (Asia Society), Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting Programme, the MAISHA film labs in East Africa, NFDC’s script development workshop and the Indo-German Screenwriting programme. His screenwriting credits include I Am, Road, Movie and Sorry Bhai.
Karachi Film Society is a nonprofit organization and parent body of Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) founded by Ms. Sultana Siddiqui, founder and president of HUM Network Ltd and recipient of President’s Pride of Performance Award. The founding members of KFS include Dr Ishrat Husain (former Governor State Bank of Pakistan), Ms Ameena Saiyid (CEO OUP), Senator (r) Javed Jabbar (writer/producer, former Information Minister), Mr Sirajuddin Aziz (CEO Habib Metropolitan Bank), Mr Jamil Baig (CEO Nueplex Cinemas), Ms Ronak Lakhani (Chairperson SOP), Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Oscar winning director/producer) and Ms. Sayeeda Leghari (Managing Director/Chairperson, Pepsi Sukkur Beverages (Pvt Ltd.). The primary goal of Karachi Film Society is to improve access of the people in innovation and excellence in different categories and genres of cinema and films to highlight the unique scope of this mass medium.