7th Annual DC South Asian Film Festival September 7th – 9th 2018 coming to Rockville Maryland

Submissions are open for DCSAFF 2018!

July 15, 2018
Earlybird Deadline

July 31, 2018
Late Deadline

August 10, 2018
Notification Date

September 7 – 9, 2018
Event Date

DCSAFF 2017 Awards given were:
Best Feature Film:
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Best Feature Film (Special Jury Mention):
The Valley
Best Documentary:
Elephants in the Coffee
Best Director:
Ananth Mahadevan for Dr. Rukhmabai
Best Actress:
Pragati Kolage for Palyawadasi
Best Actor:
Adil Hussian for Hotel Salvation
Best Story:
Lala Begum
Best Short Film:
100 Steps
Best Short Film (Special Jury Mention):
Her First Time
Special Awards:Zeenat Aman:
Life Time Achievement Award
Kavi Raz:
Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema
Azaan Khan:
Rising Star Director

Audience Poll:

The Best Feature Film:
Dr. Rakhmabai
The Best Short Film:
Stalking Shadows

Opening Night
Supported by Embassy of India, Washington DC

Closing Night Partner

Travel Partner
Air India
Catering PartnerDiya Bistro

Photography WorkshopFilm Editing Workshop

Documentary & Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Supported by ASHA

  • Zeenat Aman, Legendary Actress

    Zeenat Aman, Legendary Actress

    Being at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival was a wonderful experience! Congratulations to DCSAFF team for their efforts to showcase such a varied array of different and meaningful films, and for giving so many filmmakers this opportunity. Impeccable Hosts their attention to little details during a packed three days will never be forgotten. It was a memorable experience!

  • Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College

    Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College

    Montgomery College is pleased to collaborate with DCSAFF to bring these outstanding movies and their award winning actors and directors to elaborate on subjects like the empowerment of women, social justice, familial and societal dysfunction, and animal rights to our students, faculty and staff, and to our D.C. metro community.

  • Frank Islam, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

    Frank Islam, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

    Thank you to DCSAFF team for putting together another great edition of DCSAFF, we are deeply grateful to both of you. This festival showcased the best of independent cinema from the subcontinent. Our special thanks to all the people who have been long time supporters of DCSAFF. I applaud all of the people who participated in this festival and I thank them for their passion and commitment to this tremendous festival. This festival is instrumental in highlighting social causes and public awareness on arts and culture.

  • Ananth Mahadevan, Director, Writer, Actor

    Ananth Mahadevan, Director, Writer, Actor

    The DCSAFF experience is unique, intimate and exclusive. With a carefully curated basket of films from all over South Asia, it offers Western audiences the other side of several universal truths. And the cosmopolitan world audience is extremely discerning while being appropriately appreciative. Add to that the warmth and hospitality of the Directors Manoj and Geeta Singh and you have a festival that is already making its mark as the major annual cinematic event of Washington DC!

  • Deepa Mehta, Director

    Deepa Mehta, Director

    “I am so grateful to DCSAFF for inviting me. I had a great time meeting with the South Asian community of Washington DC and being a part of such a stimulating panel discussion. DCSAFF is doing some incredible work by highlighting important issues to the public through Cinema and I am glad I could be there for it.  Thank you!”

  • Jeffrey D Brown, Oscar Winning Director

    Jeffrey D Brown, Oscar Winning Director

    "DCSAFF was amazing!  The films, the community, and the love we felt was profound and nourishing for the soul"

  • Aparna Sen

    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 honored and happy that my film SAARI RAAT was sold out. 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!”


  • Rajit Kapoor

    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.”


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.