Cinéaste One: The Prominent Arts & Cultural Organization of Sindh

Cinéaste One is believed to be an arts and cultural organization based in Karachi city formed for the purpose of establishing an infrastructure to boost and promote short film making in Pakistan. It organizes workshops and seminars promoting film literacy and produces the Cinéaste One Student Film Festival.

History of Cinéaste One

Cinéaste One film organization was formed in the year of 2012 after Rumman Zia’s ‘Cinema 101’ workshops became a regular feature of Alliance Francaise de Karachi (AFK) cultural activities.

Zia and AFK agreed to publicly showcase the films coming out of the workshop. Cinéaste One Student Film Festival (COSFF) was produced; mentioning selected short films from workshop participants. The first time filmmaker’s efforts were lauded and the affair was deemed a success. Zia decided to capitalize on the event’s success. With an eye on cultivating the film scene, a bigger event was launched the following year. Cinéaste One Student Film Festival 2013 (COSFF13) assimilated Karachi’s key film schools: SAAMPT, SZABIST, Indus Valley School of Art and ArchitectureIqra University and Cinema 101 workshops, on a single platform, supporting upcoming filmmakers and fashioning a film culture. A film-rating system was developed and an external jury composed of foreign and local artists and filmmakers were assembled. An indie-rock band opened the event and COSFF13 marked a celebration rewarding the best coming out of Karachi’s film schools. .

The next Cinéaste One Film Festival took place on the day of Dec 20th 2014.


In the year of 2015, this organization organized an art exposition titled Filmistan from the day of April 18 – April 25. Fimistan featured a series of exhibitions showcasing Pakistani film posters, art and memorabilia from a bygone era. Most of the memorabilia at the exhibition comes from the private collection of Guddu.



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