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ZAB Media Festival all set to kick off on April 2

March 30, 2019
ZAB Media Festival all set to kick off on April 2

The students of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology will be hosting the ZAB Media Festival between April 2 and April 6 in Karachi.

The students organise the event annually. This year it will focus on the theme ‘Discovering Pakistan’ in terms of its prowess in media incorporating the languages that have been established over years of experience in art, philosophy, music, literature, film and television.

The festival has been taking place for the last 10 years, one of the organisers told SAMAA Digital. “It’s a space where students showcase their work for free,” the student shared.

Related: The 10th Karachi Literature Festival will feature more than 200 speakers and 30 book launches

Every year, the varsity takes in film submissions from aspiring filmmakers as part of a competition. The winner gets a cash prize. It is open to all and entries can be sent on zabmediafest19@gmail.com. A post on the event’s website gives details on the accepted video format, resolution and time limit for the film. The extended deadline for submissions is today.

The schedule for the five-day festival is packed with interesting panel discussions and activities to celebrate and promote creativity among students aiming to join the media industry.

Some of the sessions and activities you can look out for are:

  • A screening of the film Indus Blues which explores the diverse musical cultures meandering around the River Indus.
  • A seminar, ‘Narratives across Digital Spheres’, featuring many media personalities including Indian social media sensation Dolly Singh.
  • A talk with Tina Sani titled, ‘A Tour De Force’, where she will share her experiences in the industry while also commenting on the current state of the musical world and where it’s headed.
  • A seminar on ‘Celebrity Mechanisms – The World of PR’ with talks by Tehmina Khaled, Imran Raza Kazmi and Ali Rehman Khan.
  • Actors Osman Khalid Butt, Mansha Pasha, Hareem Farooq and producer and director Sadia Jabbar’s discussion on women in mainstream cinema
  • A talk on the inner circle of women in journalism where female journalists will discuss the present and future of the ever-changing industry.

You can see the full schedule here.

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