Beijing: A Pakistani feature film is set to represent the country at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Film Festival to be held in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province from June 13 to 17, an official said on Tuesday.

The five-day event, co-hosted by the State Film Administration and Shandong provincial government, aims to promote cooperation and exchange between SCO states.

The Feature film Chalay Thay Saath, to be screened at the festival, was first released in April last year, and later became one of the most popular Pakistani films on Netflix.

“A year after its initial release, Chalay Thay Saath, continues to enjoy a lot of popularity and I feel a lot of pride in having made the film,” Umer Adil, the director of the film, told media.

The festival will screen around 60 movies from the 12 countries, and hold more than 30 themed activities. The panel will consist of 12 members from each country to select the winners.

The festival, the first of its kind, will exchange cinematic culture among the nations of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Kung fu giant Jackie Chan has been named as the festival’s promotional ambassador and filmmaker Han Sanping will head the jury panel.

“Cinema is a sort of borderless language. It bridges people from different countries and races. I believe the festival will boost the exchange and collaborations between the SCO nations, and it helps filmmakers to learn from each other,” according to Han.

The film festival will invite film professionals from the eight member states and four observer states of SCO, he added. The film is a universal language and can build a bridge of friendship between different nations, said well-known film producer said. The movies, all brought by the SCO member states, will allow spectators to feast their eyes and experience different cultures.

The festival organiser is arranging the film screenings, planning to play the movies for over 260 times on 23 screens of 9 cinemas in Qingdao. The SCO Film Festival is the first international film event held in Qingdao after the place was named ‘City of Film’ by the Unesco. The festival will present characteristics and charm of the coastal city. The SCO now includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan as full members.