DFW South Asian Film Festival

DFW South Asian Film Festival

Our Mission:

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is now home to its very own South Asian film festival. DFW SAFF is a four day festival taking place from February 8 to 11, 2018. We will showcase World, U.S. and Texas premieres of features, shorts and documentaries, all chosen to engage, educate and inspire audiences. We have chosen a wide range of films exploring issues that affect South Asians living and working in America, as well as our brothers and sisters back home.

Our Vision:

DFW SAFF exists to promote the perspectives and voices of the South Asian community by serving, organizing and advocating South Asian culture in the Greater Dallas Metroplex area through cinema.


The fourth annual DFW South Asian Film Festival will take place from February 8 to 11, 2018.

Opening night film & after party (February 8): 
Film Screening: Highland Park Village Theatre
Afterparty: Bistro 31
February 9, 10, 11: AMC Village on the Parkway 9

DFW SAFF is proud to partner with the following prominent, film festivals to bring the best in independent, South Asian cinema to North Texas:


1. New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF)

The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Five days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City. 

Website: http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2014/


2. London Indian Film Festival (LIFF)

The London Indian Film Festival, Europe's largest South Asian Film Festival, presents an invaluable guide to the ever-burgeoning Indian and South Asian film industries. Souring the Indian sub-continent, they have brought together a carefully curated slate of quality films by some of the world's most innovative and challenging filmmakers. A must for film industry professionals interested in co-production, acting in or shooting their next project in India and Pakistan. 

Website: http://www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/



3. Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF)

The Dallas International Film Festival, is he largest cinematic event in North Texas which presents 11 days of independent and studio films each spring. DIFF’s panel discussions, conversations with inventive and award-winning filmmakers, elegant galas and thrilling world premieres bring thousands of people to the event each year.

The Dallas Film Society has hosted eight Festivalss—three under the AFI Dallas name (2007–2009) and four as the Dallas International Film Festival (2010–2014). Since 2007, the Festival has:

  • Hosted more than 1,300 filmmakers in Dallas
  • Awarded more than $690,000 in cash/pro-bono prizes
  • Received more than 10,000 film entries from more than 50 different countries
  • Screened 84 world premieres and 27 U.S. premieres
  • Shown 726 features and 793 shorts

Each year, the Film Society and the Festival present the Dallas Star Award to individuals who have made a significant impact on the art of film.

Website: www.dallasfilm.org


4. River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

The River to River Florence Indian Film Festival is the only film festival in Italy totally devoted to films from and about India. Founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, it has had its first edition in 2001. The aim of the festival is to promote Indian cinema at 360 degrees, showcasing quality feature films, shorts and documentaries, and having Q&As with the directors, actors and producers. In the years, the festival has hosted special focusses on important personalities of Indian cinema, having them as guests in Florence. Among them, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan and Deepa Mehta.

Website: http://www.rivertoriver.it