Film submissions are now closed.
Ticket sales are now closed.
Stay tuned for updates about film series screening.

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

Film submissions are now closed.

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The complete schedule for DCSAFF 2017 is now available here.


Film Festival Venue will Have Concession/Refreshment Stand for Food & Drinks



Opening Night Red Carpet Gala, Meet & Greet Directors and Actors, Dinner and Movie
Access to all movies on weekend at Montgomery College
Access to workshops and panel discussions
Closing Night Gala, Movie, Awards, Stand Up Comic Act, Live Music, Dinner

One Person: $150.00
Two Persons: $250.00


Opening Night Red Carpet Gala, Meet & Greet Directors and Actors, Dinner, and Movie

One Person: $100.00
Two Persons: $175.00


Movie, Meet & Greet Directors and Actors, Awards, Stand Up Comic Act, Live Music, Dinner

One Person: $75.00
Two Persons: $125.00

WORKSHOP PASS – SATURDAY SEPT 9 at 9:00 AM – Photography
Host: Professor Leena Jayaswal, American University Film School

WORKSHOP PASS – SATURDAY SEPT 9 at 9:00 AM – Film Editing
Host: Professor Joanne Carl, Montgomery College Film School

  • 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!”


  • Sarita Joshi

    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

    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

    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.