By Wallia Khairi
Tue, 02, 24



Imagine a world where textbooks are swapped for clapboards, and lectures are replaced with reel-life drama. That’s the magic of film schools, where creativity isn’t just encouraged – it’s the main character stealing the spotlight. Film schools are not just institutions; they’re the portals to turning your passion into a red-carpet affair. Get ready to trade equations for screenplay drafts and history lectures for iconic movie marathons with the recent launch of Karachi Film School (KFS). It is the first film school in Pakistan associated with a fully equipped and operational studio. Founded by Asad Ul Haq, a prominent figure in Pakistan’s film industry with over 30 years of prolific experience, aims to empower the youth to become proficient storytellers for various screens and media.

The launch event, hosted on the campus, buzzed with excitement as luminaries from the entertainment and media fraternity graced the occasion. Asad Ul Haq, who has worked successfully with leading brands in the ad film industry, envisions KFS as a legacy for the youth. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “This is my legacy for the youth of Pakistan where they can become powerful storytellers for any screen and any media through the different tools, we will empower them with. Let’s bridge the gap of time and knowledge by becoming a portal to fast forward the students’ learning and prepare them to enter the creative economy within a year.”

Situated at Studio 146, a dynamic film studio, which provides students with access to top-tier equipment. Their golden rule is ‘Apply what you learn’, combining theory with practical experience from the get-go, providing students with the rare opportunity of hands-on learning. The students are also offered placements in an internship programme with the best-known industry players including TV channels, production, and post-production houses.

The school boasts a faculty comprising renowned tutors and industry professionals, ensuring students receive direct exposure to the film and media industry. The school’s commitment to merging contemporary studies with industry practices enhances the overall learning experience.

KFS sets itself apart with a cutting-edge curriculum, managing smaller class sizes to facilitate personalised learning journeys. The school offers a range of programmes, including One-Year Diplomas in Directing, Acting, Cinematography, and Filmmaking. Additionally, students can choose from shorter Certificate Courses and Masterclasses, covering various aspects of the film and entertainment industry.

The event was attended by prominent personalities including Asif Raza Mir, Adnan Siddiqui, Humayun Saeed, Hania Aamir, Ahad Raza Mir, Mansha Pasha, Syed Jibran, Laila Wasti, US CG Conrad Tribble, DIG Maqsood Ahmed, Director Nadeem Baig, Siraj Ul Haq, Mehreen Jabbar, Osama Tahir, Shuja Asad, Romaisa Khan, Faizan Sheikh, Qasim Ali Mureed, and many others. They lauded the project as a milestone for film education in Pakistan.

KFS invites aspiring storytellers to embark on a journey of creativity and innovation. With a focus on practical education, industry exposure, and state-of-the-art facilities, it is poised to redefine film education in Pakistan.

- Wallia Khairi