The U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a screening of several award-winning short films from the 60 Second International Film Festival, followed by a panel discussion on film as a tool for peacebuilding.


On Thursday, May 29th, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Abrar Hassan, creator of the 60 Second International Film Festival.  The Festival is a global film competition for films that can convey a strong social message in 60 seconds. The competition started in Pakistan in 2012 and quickly attracted interest from other countries and went viral on social media globally. Today it is a unique way for young people in conflict societies to communicate their views on a single platform, through the powerful medium of short, 60-second films.

At the event, Mr. Hassan screened some of the winning films from the festival that focus on messages of peace and tolerance followed by a panel discussion with international experts on the potential for film to empower youth, mobilize societies and transform complex conflict environments. Join the conversation on Twitter with #SixtySecFilmFest.

Learn more about the film competition:


Haroon Ullah
Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State

Abrar Hassan
Founder and Creative Director, 60 Second International Film Festival

Charlotte Cole
Founder and Executive Director, Blue Butterfly Collaborative

Moeed Yusuf, Moderator
Director, South Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

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