Pakistan won 2 prestigious awards at 2013 Saarc Film Festival awards ceremony held at the National Films Corporation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pakistan won awards in the categories of best actress and best feature films in the 3rd edition of the annual film festival, which was held from 26th to 31st May 2013.
The film festival screened feature and documentary films from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which were adjudicated by a jury whose members were from Singapore, Iran and Russia. The festival focused on promoting some of the best films featured from 2010 to 2012 from all member states of the Saarc Association.
The awards for the best actress went to Pakistan's Aamina Sheikh, for her role in "Seedlings-Lamha". The same movie also won silver medal in the category of best feature film for Pakistan.
Pakistan had nominated one feature film and two documentaries for the festival. The film in feature category was "Seedlings-Lamha", whereas "The Story of a Living Saint" and "A Bike Ride from USA to Pakistan" were included in the documentary category.
The award winning 90 minutes feature film is directed by Mansoor Mujahid and produced by Meher Jaferi. "Seedlings-Lamha" chronicles the story of a happy couple whose lives are changed forever after a devastating accident.
The circumstances surrounding the tragedy leave the couple besieged with unanswered questions, leading them to re-evaluate their whole approach to life and their relationship. Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Employment, Promotion and Welfare Dhilan Perera was the chief guest at the ceremony.
He congratulated the Saarc Cultural Centre for organising the film festival and iterated his support for such events. He also congratulated Pakistan for receiving the awards and appreciated the cinematic excellence displayed by the Pakistani presentations. The film festival is an annual event, encouraging visual arts and bringing nations together.
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