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The KaraFilm Festival - Karachi International Film Festival
is an internationally recognized film festival of Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...
annually held in Karachi
Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the main financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh. The city has an estimated population of 13 to 15 million, while the total metropolitan area has a population of over 18 million...
It is organized under the aegis of the KaraFilm Society, a grouping of filmmakers from Karachi. The KaraFilm Society is a not-for-profit, non-political and non-governmental body, headed by Hasan Zaidi. The society organizes the annual KaraFilm Festival, screenings, talks and workshops.
KaraFilm Festival was first held, in 2001
The year 2001 in film involved some significant events, including the first of the Harry Potter series and also the first of The Lord of the Rings trilogy...
, since then it has been held regularly in December in Karachi. The success of the Festival within a short span of time has caught the attention of world film makers and renowned film critics and now it is ranked amongst some of the most prestigious film festivals of the region.