Aimed at promoting better filmmaking among students, FFACT’14 (Film Festival by Aga Khan Club for Theatrics 2014) provided an opportunity to encourage exchange of ideas and skills with other universities in the field of theatre and filmmaking. This year’s event was unique in that it also included photography as part of the festival.
FFACT’14 managed to attract some established names from both the old and new media industries: jurors for the photography competition included ace photographer Tapu Javeri, Khaula Jameel of the Humans of Karachi, and ENT consultant Dr Iftikhar Salahuddin while the film jury comprised faculty member Dr Syed Ali, and filmmakers Jamshed Mahmood (aka Jami) and Rumman Zia.
Karachi University’s production titled, 8Roch was the winner in the best film over 20 minutes category; it also picked up the best director, best actor and best editing and sound awards.
The best film under 20 minutes award was won by Kaali Patang, another entry from Karachi University.
The best documentary award went to Masters of the Sky from the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, while Forever, entered by the Indus Valley Institute of Art and Architecture won the best animated film award.
Nature by Asfar Ayaz Ghauri and Cost of Freedom by Azfar Ahmad Farooqi were notable mentions for AKU in the photography contest.
The Aga Khan University Club for Theatrics (ACT) was founded in 2008 by two Medical College students, Ahsan Raza from the class of 2009 and Hira Waseem from the class of 2012. The idea behind the initiative was to help students express themselves better and to help make campus life more interesting.
Over the past six years, ACT has won a number of accolades for its dramatic representation of a variety of diverse subjects. In 2009, ACT won the students drama competition, held at the Arts Council, Karachi; the Club also performed Talaash, for the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) organizational annual meeting in December 2009. In March 2010, the Club secured the second place and a year later followed that with a second position at the 1st Ying Drama Festival, held by Transparency International.
More praise was to follow in November 2012, when the Club took part in the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) Drama Festival where ACT won the second best team award along with key awards for Best Actors and Director for Haayaa.
The society has grown by leaps and bounds every year since its inception. There has been an increase in the number of participants and entries in the intra-university drama competition drawing participants from all the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Institute for Educational Development.