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Pakistan’s first film school opens its doors in Karachi

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Pakistan’s inaugural film school, the Karachi Film School (KFS), has officially commenced its operations, marking a significant stride in the country’s educational landscape.

Unveiled as the first institution solely dedicated to film education in Pakistan, KFS aims to provide students with hands-on experience in the dynamic field of filmmaking.

During an open house event on Sunday, Asadul Haq, the director of the school, emphasized the practical nature of KFS’s offerings. In contrast to traditional four-year degree programs in media sciences, KFS provides an intensive one-year diploma program. Haq highlighted the program’s focus on practical, real-world skills, offering students a streamlined and immersive education in filmmaking, directing, cinematography, and acting.

The curriculum at KFS includes a one-year diploma program as well as 25 hours of certificate courses and a master class featuring three to four hours of intensive learning sessions. Haq underlined the hands-on approach of the institution, stating that students would work on the studio floor of Studio 146, KFS’s primary collaborator. Additionally, the school aims to facilitate internships for students with prominent industry players in media through established collaborations with TV channels, production houses, post-production facilities, OTT content developers, and more.

The school’s website emphasizes the practical goal of enabling graduates to seamlessly enter the job market upon completion of their one-year program. Haq, drawing on his 30 years of professional experience, expressed his desire to share valuable insights and knowledge with aspiring filmmakers.

Zara Zaidi, the Dean of KFS, asserted that the institute maintains international standards, aligning its educational offerings with reputable colleges around the world. Attendees at the event echoed optimism about the school’s potential to bolster Pakistan’s cinema industry. With KFS now in operation, aspiring filmmakers have a dedicated institution to cultivate their skills and contribute to the growth and development of the country’s cinematic landscape.

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