Kathmandu, April 29, 2019: The 7th edition of the annual event 60 Seconds International Film Festival (60 SIFF) 2019 was organized by Open Space Network (OSN) in collaboration with Morango Films, as a country partner for 60SIFF on the 25th of April, 2019.
This year, the Nepal screening of 60SIFF presented 46 short films received from 20 different countries in Nepal. The festival was not only observed in Kathmandu but in 7 other cities including Biratnagar, Dang, Baitadi, Pokhara, Butwal, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj at the same time. This year, 60SIFF had come up with the aim of encouraging filmmakers to showcase their talent by leaving the subject matter open for all aspiring filmmakers to express their skill with any thematic focus.
The films screened were from 9 different genres including comedy, action, fiction, animation, art & culture, VR, drama, social and vlogs. The Kathmandu Screening also witnessed an appreciation ceremony for all the Nepali filmmakers who had participated in the festival. Among all the films, 3 of the Nepali films; Awaz, Value and Womanizer, were selected in the semi-finals of 60SIFF worldwide.
While there were amazing like The box of hope (Kosovo), Live(Greece), Apmaan(India), The Dark Night(UAE), Seen Unseen(Pakistan), and many more that were loved by the audience. People got to experience diverse sectors and changing perspectives in film-making from throughout the world. The films showcased various ideas and thoughts through a digital platform in an artistic manner.
The event received tremendous support from the audience during and after the film festival. “Being able to express ideas and skills in such a small time period of a minute, is a brilliant work of art and we hope to have such events in larger scale in the future”, shared one of the audiences of the festival.
The festival was supported by PRK Corporation, Hazel Cakes, Onion Films, and Everest Film Academy. The creative partner this year was Crezona Network while the QFX cinema was the venue partner. About 60 Second Intl. Film Festival The 60 Second Intl. Film Festival (60SIFF) is a film festival, presenting films with a duration of 60 seconds. 60SIFF provides a platform for all young talented filmmakers to showcase their 1- minute-long films to live audiences all over the world.
Its mission is to empower the youth by nurturing a positive learning experience, improve the understanding of deep-rooted issues and enable freedom of expression by providing a platform that promulgates views of masses.
60SIFF seeks to bridge the gap between cultures and create strong global ties among aesthetically driven individuals, encouraging filmmakers to step up and ‘film’ their thoughts in 60 seconds on any of the given categories and with any facility, the most important element being talents of filmmakers.