The "New Perception" (Deed Naw) festival for short films is being held in Kabul.
Filmmakers interviewed by TOLOnews said that they are unable to produce longer movies due to economic challenges.
“Due to economic, security challenges and political challenges, which currently dominate the country, we have not been able to make movies and no one has issued us a license for it,” said Hamayoun Sakhi, a filmmaker.
“Today, 15 movies were displayed. I liked the movie named Azadi, and Iqra,” said Fayaz Iftikhar, an artist.
The organizers of the festival said that it aims to draw support for the country’s movie industry.
“You know that since its initiation, the cinema in Afghanistan has not come into effect as a business,” said Sayed Habibullah Sadaat, organizer of the festival.
Participants criticized the diminishing presence of women in movies.
“The movies were good. The movies were about the continuation of education. It is never late for education,” said Faiza Sultani, a participant.
More than 80 short movies and documentaries were screened in this festival which was held in Ariana cinema. The exhibition is due to last for three days.