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DCSAFF 2016 concluded with a beautiful Ghazal tribute to Jagjit Singh Jaswinder Singh (Bunty) and awards ceremony.

Awards given were:

Best Feature Film:
Best Director:
Tauquir Ahmed for Unnamed
Best Actress:
Palomi Ghosh for Nachom-ia Kumpasar
Best Actor:
Nasseruddin Shah for Waiting
Best Actor (Jury mention):
Rajit Kapur for The Threshold
Best Story:
Best Short Film:
Best Short Film (Jury mention):
Special Awards:

Sarmad Sehbai:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Deepa Mehta:
Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema
Seema Biswas:
Outstanding Performance in films
Jeffrey D Brown:
Achievement Award for Social Awareness on Human Trafficking
Audience Poll:
Best Feature Film:
The Threshold
Best Short Film:
Chasing the Rainbow



  • 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"

  • 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

    “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.”


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.