DCSAFF Special Saturday: Come enjoy movie, pizza and Karaoke!
4th Sept: Coming soon! DCSAFF 2015 Schedule & Tickets
Aug 15th: Aparna, Ananth, Konkona, and Raima to attend DCSAFF 2015
August 17: Schedule and ticket sales will be available first week of September 2015

Screening of ‘Titli’ with Director Kanu Behl – March 25, 2016


As a prelude to the 5th edition of DCSAFF (September, 2016), we proudly present Kanu Behl’s critically acclaimed film, ‘Titli’. Kanu Behl will be in attendance for a special post-screening discussion.

‘Titli’ follows the story of a young man who attempts to escape the life of carjacking that his brothers have planned for him. The film captures the volatility of a society where violence lies uneasily just below the surface.

Tickets can be purchased here.

General Admission – $12.00. Faculty, Students and Seniors with ID – $10.00.
For additional information, contact Udita: 301-337-9589 or email: info@dcsaff.com.

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Special Screening of ‘Dhanak’ – January 31, 2016 

DCSAFF proudly presents a special screening of Nagesh Kukunoor’s yet to be released, ‘Dhanak’.

Nagesh Kukunoor (Iqbal, Teen DeewareinDor and Lakshmi) brings another tale that will tug the heart strings. ‘Dhanak’ follows the story of two siblings, aged eight and ten, who traverse across Rajasthan to fulfil a promise the elder sister made to her younger brother.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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DCSAFF 2015 was a grand success with three days of gala events, screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, workshops, exclusive networking events and award ceremonies.

2015 Award Winners

Best Film:
Best Director:
Chaitanya Tamhane (Court)
Best Actor:
Kishor Kadam (Partu)
Best Actress:
Konkona Sen Sharma (Kadambari)
Best Story:
Rough Book
Best Short Film:
Bonjour Ji
Audience Award Best Film:
Audience Award Best Short Film:
Billu’s Fight

Special Achievement Award
Aparna Sen
Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking
Huma Beg (Veils and Walls)
Outstanding Contributon to Pakistani Television and Cinema
Sarmad Khoosat

Rituparno Ghosh

Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh

Saari Raat

Saari Raat by Aparna Sen

Rough Book

Rough Book by Anant Mahadevan


Partu by Nitin Adsul

Miss India America

Miss India America by Ravi Kapoor

A discussion with our panelists

Acting Workshop

Screen Writing Workshop

Acting Workshop

Acting Workshop

  • Riya Sen

    "It was an experience I shall never forget! The hospitality was excellent and the friends I made are for keeps! Thank you for the wonderful exposure! All my wishes for greater success in the following years to come!"

  • Aparna Sen

    "It was wonderful being at the 4th DCSAFF this year! There was an interesting collection of films that I enjoyed viewing. I felt honoured and happy that my film SAARI RAAT was sold out for the first show and was grateful to the organizers for arranging a second screening. I was struck by the enthusiasm of the audiences who crowded into the theatres, took part actively in the Q&A sessions after the screenings and attended seminars and workshops with an enthusiasm that warmed my heart."

  • Manoj Bajpai

    “My experience at DCSAFF was enriching. Meeting creative people in a different country and celebrating cinema is something that has always been my passion. DCSAFF is filled with many passionate and devoted volunteers, who are the key to success of any creative venture.”

  • Nagesh Kukunoor

    "The enthusiasm and effort exhibited by the organizers of DCSAFF made for a warm and wonderful event. Interacting with the other filmmakers was a treat! Please continue to grow the festival and make it a must-stop for movie lovers in the DC Area."

  • Prakash Jha

    “It was indeed a unique experience at DCSAFF. The enthusiasm of all the volunteers is admirable. The screenings and master classes were well conducted and I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you for the opportunity and my best wishes.”


  • Shyam Benegal

    “Thank you very much for being such excellent hosts and giving so much of your time to look after Nira and myself while we were there for DCSAFF. I am sure the festival is going to catch on and you will be able to have a more elaborate and scaled up South Asian Festival from next year. Our very best wishes to you.”

  • Late Farooq Shaikh

    “Reached Mumbai, tired, jet lagged, but full of respect and admiration for the extra ordinary work of the DCSAFF team. This is not possible without a passion for a cause, and truly an act of service. This can only be done as a labor of love. May DCSAFF have increasing and recurring success! You have our support from Mumbai!”


  • Sarita Joshi

    “I take this opportunity to congratulate DCSAFF for a well-organized festival. The event was really well managed. It is good to see that you are bringing good artistic films from India to be viewed by the general public who may otherwise not get this opportunity. You deserve to be congratulated for giving people a chance to see South Asian art forms. I wish you good luck for the future and hope that you continue to host such events with success.”


  • Sanjay Suri

    “It was great to attend DCSAFF. The festival offered diversity, originality and thought provoking content from South Asia, which was enriching and entertaining for me. DCSAFF offers a great platform for Independent filmmakers and I certainly would love to come back to the festival in the future."


  • Rajit Kapoor

    “The warm hospitality, positive vibrations, high energy levels and the earnestness and enthusiasm of the volunteers made this DCSAFF a memorable experience. This festival will grow from strength to strength.”


  • Omi Vaidya

    “Attending DCSAFF was a great privilege. Exceptional films & enthusiastic audiences. DC Metro residents now have a festival that screens the best of South Asian Cinema. I hope I get the honor of screening my next film at DCSAFF.”

We celebrates alternative, independent cinema from the global South Asian community by providing filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work.The Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), hosted by Ceasar Productions is the most celebrated film festival screening feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Global South Asian Community. DCSAFF is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. The festival is dedicated to providing filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work, as well as creating an environment where filmmakers may exchange ideas with one another, and interact with discerning and diverse audiences, and journalists.