Highlighting Emerging South Asian Filmmakers Alongside Established Contemporaries

Hosted by DC South Asian Arts Council Inc, a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization, the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) is one of the most celebrated screen events on the Washington, D.C. cultural calendar. The festival takes place annually in the heart of America’s capitol, showcasing the best in alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Map-World-South-Asia_vectorized (1)Each year, alongside its tightly curated screening programme of features, documentaries and shorts, DCSAFF hosts exclusive media presentations, retrospectives and special tributes. The festival is dedicated to providing a platform for both film enthusiasts and industry professionals to exchange ideas through post-screening discussions, industry panels and networking events. DCSAFF provides filmmakers an opportunity to reach out to a potential 600,000 South Asians living in the tri-state area (DC, Maryland and Virginia).

Since its inception, DCSAFF has also been committed to giving back by championing local charities, including: Upakar Foundation, Ekal Vidhyala, Global India Fund, American India Fund, ASHA, Pratham and The Humsafar Trust.

Washington, D.C.

The capitol of the United States, Washington, D.C., is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. East Coast. With a humid subtropical climate, the city is one of the most visited places in the world. The District is bordered by Montgomery County, Maryland, to the northwest; Prince George’s County, Maryland, to the east; and Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, to the south and west.

Washington, D.C. is home to many national monuments, the Smithsonian Museums, National Gallery of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Mall, 176 foreign embassies, World Bank and IMF Head Quarters as well as the center of all three branches of the federal government (including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court). Furthermore, six of the top 10 buildings in the American Institute of Architects’ 2007 ranking of “America’s Favorite Architecture” are in the District of Columbia: the White House; the Washington National Cathedral; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; the United States Capitol; the Lincoln Memorial; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.