The Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) is a 501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Organization and 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.

We give prizes in following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Story
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film - Audience Award
Best Short Film - Audience Award

Only films that comply with the following criteria will be considered.

1. The Applicant must be legally authorized to enter DCSAFF 2019.

2. Films must be from the South Asian Diaspora with a unique voice, message and creative appeal.

3. Films must feature the work of filmmakers of South Asian descent living inside or outside the subcontinent.

4. Films made by Non-South Asian filmmakers must feature significant South Asian content.

5. Films must have completed post production by July 2019.

6. Duration: Feature Films must have a maximum duration 140-minutes, Short Films must have a maximum duration of 30-minutes and Documentaries must have a maximum duration of 60-minutes. If your film is longer in duration, please contact the festival before submitting.

7. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

8. Participation at another international film festival does not preclude entry into DCSAFF. However, preference will be given to North American Premieres.

9. To remain in consideration, the submitted film should not have premiered in Washington DC (including Maryland and Virginia) prior to the festival.

10. Films that are available on Netflix, YouTube or any other online platform will not be accepted.

11. Re-entry: If your work was submitted and considered for previous editions of DCSAFF, you may re-submit your film if you have made significant changes and if all eligibility requirements are met.

12. DCSAFF can only accept and consider entries submitted with a valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee.

13. Late Entries: If you are unable to meet the late submission deadline (July 31, 2019), please contact the festival and tell us of your intent to send a late entry.

14. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials. The applicant releases DCSAFF from any and all claims related to infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of screening the film.

15. DCSAFF reserves the right to settle all cases not covered by the guidelines and to grant exceptions in special cases.

Overall Rating
  • Sri Mirajkar

    Thank you DCSAFF for screening my short film HABANEROS and for a very well-put-together festival. Looking forward to be back in 2019! Cheers!

    October 2018
  • Koustav Bhattacharya

    Communication and Hospitality is top notch. A few more master classes with veterans can be included for the benefit of newcomers.

    September 2018
  • Vinay Pujara

    My short film 'Clash of Morality' was an opening night film, it was a huge honor for me & can't thank enough DCSAFF.
    Hope to be back in Maryland in 2018.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you and all the best! Clash of Morality is a important topic of discussion around the world. Seek first to understand.

  • Wilson Chang

    truly honored and grateful to participate... there was great attention to detail every step of the way and being in the same room with international movie stars / celebrities was a very cool thrill... but most important of all, the founders respect all our efforts as filmmakers and it's encouragement from them that make all our hard work worthwhile... God Bless them
    (Bretton Place Films)

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you

  • Indira Somani

    Deeply grateful to be a part of this festival!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Wish you all the best, and thank you