Film enthusiasts gathered for the ‘Police Awam Saath Saath’ Film Screening at Islamabad’s National Library recently.
The screening was a conclusion of films received through workshops with aspiring filmmakers, police trainees as well as through a public call for entry.
The festival was hosted by the ‘60 Second Intl. Film Festival’ in collaboration with Ministry of Interior’s National Police Bureau.
The session contained screening of 25 films which were shortlisted from numerous entries. The third place for best film went to “The Protectors” by Nida Rehman, second place to “Police Awam Saath Saath” by Bilal Ismat, and “Chutki” by Ahmad Baig Barlas bagged the first place. The winners were awarded shields and all participants received certificates. The first prize winner also won a cash prize of Rs. 100,000.
The Police Awam Saath Saath campaign was initiated with the purpose to build public and policy support for the Police in Pakistan by raising awareness and improving understanding on various aspects that implicate public and police roles and responsibilities.
The Festival Director, Abrar ul Hassan stated, “We all talk about bringing a change in the society. I feel privileged to be a part of something that impacted the society directly, and helped in building a favorable image of the police force in Pakistan.”
National Police Bureau is the institution responsible for steering the police reform in the country and act as think tank on most criminal justice related matters.