DCSAFF 2017 Awards given were:
Best Feature Film:
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Best Feature Film (Special Jury Mention):
Elephants in the Coffee
Ananth Mahadevan for Dr. Rukhmabai
Pragati Kolage for Palyawadasi
Adil Hussian for Hotel Salvation
Best Short Film:
Best Short Film (Special Jury Mention):
Her First Time
Life Time Achievement Award
Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema
Rising Star Director
The Best Feature Film:
The Best Short Film:
Supported by Embassy of India, Washington DC
Closing Night Partner
Panel Discussion Supported by ASHA
Zeenat Aman, Legendary Actress
Being at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival was a wonderful experience! Congratulations to Geeta and Manoj Singh 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
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
Thank you Manoj and Geeta 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
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
“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
"DCSAFF was amazing! The films, the community, and the love we felt was profound and nourishing for the soul"
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”