Noted jurist and social activist Justice (rtd) Nasira Javed Iqbal presented the second “Coronologue Awards to the winners of Ajoka’s Coronologue Short Film Festival on 11th August at an online ceremony. The first prize of Rs 75,000 was awarded to Sibte Hassan for his short film “Hero” while Moizah Jilani of Karachi won the second prize of Rs 50,000 for her “Distant Relationship”. The winner of the third prize was Junaid Arif for his short film “ Abbu”. Elsa Shabir(Lahore) and Mahnoor Samad (Peshawar) got special mentions.
Justice Nasira congratulated the winners of the awards and appreciated Ajoka’s efforts to encourage young socially aware filmmakers. Sibte Hassan, winner of first prize and Junaid Arif, winner of third prize were present at Ajoka office to receive their award while 2nd prize winner Moizah Jilani joined on zoom from Karachi.
The jury members present on the occasion included film scholar Aijazz Gul, playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed, film, actor Savera Nadeem and Ajoka Chairperson Zara Salman who also expressed their support for Ajoka’s commitment to socially meaningful group arts. Also present were Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem and Ajoka Institute Director Nirvaan Nadeem.
The prizes were sponsored by the Babar Ali Foundation and individual supporters included Javed Masud, Perin Boga, Fawzia Afzal Khan, Salman Chima, Khawar Mumtaz and Shama Salman.
Ajoka Executive Director Shahid Nadeem said that Ajoka had held the second “Coronologue” after the success of last year’s Coronologue Online Theatre Festival.
The objective was to encourage innovative artistic responses to the psychological, emotional, social or political impact of the unprecedented pandemic. He hoped that the encouragement will inspire the winners to focus on creative quality work and produce meaningful productions in future.
Ajoka Institute Director Nirvaan Nadeem said that Ajoka is committed to encourage the young talent and provide quality entertainment to audience with meaningful productions. The film produced during the festival carries the same spirit and will be released on Ajoka’s social media channels soon.
The awards ceremony was live-streamed on Facebook .