60 Second International Film Festival


On Thursday, May 29th, the U.S. Institute of Peace will host Abrar Hassan, creator of the 60 Second International Film Festival. The Festival is a global film competition for films that can convey a strong social message in 60 seconds. The competition started in Pakistan in 2012 and quickly attracted interest from other countries and went viral on social media globally. Today it is a unique way for young people in conflict societies to communicate their views on a single platform, through the powerful medium of short, 60-second films.

At the event, Mr. Hassan will screen some of the winning films from the festival that focus on messages of peace and tolerance followed by a panel discussion with international experts on the potential for film to empower youth, mobilize societies and transform complex conflict environments.

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Featured Speakers:

Haroon Ullah, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State

Abrar Hassan, Founder and Creative Director, 60 Second International Film Festival

Chary Cole, Founder and Executive Director, Blue Butterfly Collaborative

Moeed Yusuf, Moderator Director, South Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

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