The Karachi International Film Festival, generally termed as the Kara Film Festival was discovered in the year of 2001 by the KaraFilm Society, reportedly in response to the declining state of the Pakistani film industry. The film festival was held yearly until the year of 2009. The 8th Kara Film Festival was supposed to be held in the year of 2010 but has since been delayed every year because of the socio-economic problems that Karachi was facing.
The aim of the festival was to “enhance an appreciation of the art and craft of filmmaking among a wide population as well as to encourage creativity and high standards among filmmakers”. The Kara Film Festival was discovered to celebrate the past galore of Pakistani cinema and help aid in its revival.
The festival depicted a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts. From the 6th festival onwards there was also a family-friendly section of children’s animated movies. There would be a jury who would celebrate emerging and renowned filmmakers by awarding their works. One distinctive feature of the festival was that it would showcase works of art by Pakistani artists. Another feature of the festival was that the opening and closing ceremonies would feature some of the new as well as some of the famed Pakistani musical talent.
Background of Kara Film Festival
Cineaste One a similar institution which substituted KaraFilm by organizing COSFF and workshops with a greater focus on education, and substituting indie films with student films. Cineaste One while succeeding KaraFilm festival doesn’t employ anyone involved with it.
A jury hands out awards to the films they deem the best at the closing ceremony.
- Best Documentary
- Best Live Action Short Film
- Best Animated Short Film
- Best Telefilm
- Best Feature Film
- Best Direction
- Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Screenplay
- Best Editing
- Best Cinematography
- Best Musical Score
- Special Jury Award
- Special Jury Award for Acting