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


We are proud to announce the US premiere of "Rough Book" as our closing night film! This movie takes a hard look at the education system in India in 2014.  Even though India has one of the finest systems in the world, the lacunae in the system has created issues that were non existent 15 years ago which are now threatening to clog the channels of learning in contemporary India today. This story is told through the eyes of a teacher who rallies through a divorce with a corrupt income tax officer to become a teacher of Physics in a school. Her pupils are in the D division - "D" sarcastically referred to as 'duffers' within the school by both the students and other teachers. Find out how the teacher rebels against the system to fight for her students so they can pass the entrance examinations into the Indian Institute of Technology. This is a simply told story, yet completely thought provoking, devoid of any melodrama, and almost gentle in it's telling.  Make sure you join us for the film on Saturday, Feb. 28th. A special Q&A with the director & cast members will follow. Ticket information will be available soon on our website, as will more films from our exciting lineup. Don't miss the FIRST-EVER South Asian film festival in North Texas. 

Directed by Ananth Mahadevan
Cast - Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amaan Khan