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. Our selection features a wide array of films that include the work of veteran as well as emerging South Asian Filmmakers. We aim to encourage and motivate emerging talent including first time film makers and students by screening their films on a global platform. Three days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet gala, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of South Asian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the South Asian countries, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of Washington DC.
At all our events we support charities and live by the principle of “Giving back to the society”, in the past helped Upakar Foundation, Ekal Vidhyala, Global India Fund, American India Fund, ASHA, Pratham, and The Humsafar Trust.
This is how it all started!
DCSAFF Executive Director Manoj had an interest in film making, but work and family life priorities took precedence over passion and desires. Once the children went on to college and out about he decided to take film production classes. Film production projects and home work led to discussion, study of different tools and techniques for film making, critique of movies, networking with like minded individuals at local and film festivals around the country. In these enlightening years of seeking knowledge about film making a lack of platform to review, discuss, and explore South Asian Diaspora movies in Washington was realized. Thereafter, some close friends were conferred with and Manoj & Geeta started DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF). And now DCSAFF has become any annual event which is sort after, looked forward to, and talked about in Washington DC International Community. Last two years the festival has distinguished itself by premiering or featuring the work of an astonishing array of directors.