Winners of Ajoka’s Coronologue2 Short Film Festival were announced at a zoom ceremony. Sibte Hassan of Lahore was awarded the first prize of Rs 75,000 for his short film titled “Hero” while Moizah Jilani of Karachi was given the second prize of Rs 50,000 for her film “Distant Relationship”. Lahore’s Junaid Arif (“Abbu”) got the third prize of Rs 25,000 and Elsa Shabbir from Lahore (“Lockdown Effects”) and Peshawar’s Mahnoor Samad (“Life After Corona”) were given special mentions. The jury consisted of noted film scholar Aijazz Gul, eminent poet and playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed, Film & TV Producer Rashid Khawaja, actor Savera Nadeem and Ajoka Chairperson Zara Salman. The ceremony was also attended by participants of the competition from different parts of the country.
The awards were announced by Syeda Henna Babar Ali of Babar Ali Foundation. She congratulated the winners and appreciated the creative efforts by all participants. Jury members also congratulated the winners and suggested that Ajoka should continue to hold such festivals to encourage socially-aware young film makers. Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem thanked the sponsors of the festival the Babar Ali Foundation and individual contributors including Javed Masud, Dr. Fawzia Afzal Khan, Perin Boga, Khawar Mumtaz, Salman Cheema and Shama Khaliq. He announced that an online awards ceremony for the winners will be held in the second week of August which will be live-streamed on Facebook.
Ajoka also held Coronologue Theatre Festival in May 2020 during the first Lockdown.