Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday said the government would utilize all resources to help youth channelize its energies for the progress and development of Pakistan.
He was speaking at an awards ceremony of the National Amateur Short Films Festival organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with Dubai Port World.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said the government had announced multiple incentives for the film industry which would eventually get a major boost and help promote the country’s narrative and positive image across the world.
Addressing the award distribution ceremony of National Armature Short Film Festival 2022 (NASFF-2022), she said the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had launched the first-ever film and culture policy, and finalized its implementation framework, which unfortunately could not be materialized due to the change of regime in 2018.
All the countries of world had already started using films for projecting their national narrative and then short film had gained much importance in the current era of social and digital media, she added.
She said the film industry now was no more considered solely a source of entertainment, as screen tourism, education and narrative building had been made integral parts of film-making to project and highlight culture, heritage and civilization of a nation.
PM congratulated the young short filmmakers for proving their mettle.
“The youngsters made the nation proud with their talent.”
He said the parents and teachers of the award winners deserved credit for imparting education and grooming the young men who created a distinct identity for themselves with their efforts and hard work.