Sikhlens, The World’s Premier Sikh Film Festival, is holding its 19th annual Sikh Arts & Film Festival (SAFF) scheduled for November 18th - 21st, 2021 at multiple venues, including the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Frida Cinemas Theater in Southern California.

Four days of events, with a gala, art exhibits and screening of dozens of movies throughout the weekend. Providing an outlet for sharing Sikh heritage and Sikh culture with the rest of the world showcasing Sikh talent, and instilling pride in the Sikh community.

Sikhlens seeks work from artists in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, films, art, music, and books. It creates appropriate avenues for this work to be shared with the rest of the world with the aim of getting more exposure for the presenters, and at the same time creating awareness about Sikhs.

In addition to seeking Sikh-centric content, Sikhlens is also looking for Sikh filmmakers that have produced films about mainstream topics, or social issues.

Sikhlens has been embedded in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts for the last 9 years. Through the Project “S” and Destination “S” scholarship programs students have travelled throughout the world to produce Sikh-centric films. Recent trips to the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Malawi, Kenyon, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Australia, and France have produced some former festival submissions.

By submitting your film to our film festival, you are also entering the chance to be selected and screened at one or more of our many mini film festivals, known as Sikhlens-In-A- Box, these are smaller one day film festivals we hold throughout the world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are bound by local and school laws, and these both will affect us in having an in-person or online virtual film festival through our YouTube channel at

You can watch last year’s Virtual Sikh Arts & Film Festival here:

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021.

Your entry must be Sikh-centric - related to Sikh culture, Sikh religion, etc. Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Please ensure that your entry meets this requirement and that it is stated in the description of your entry.

By submitting your film, you also agree that it can be screened on a digital platform (such as YouTube) if health guidelines related to COVID-19 prevent our festival from taking place in person. A digital festival will then be scheduled on-line, with passwords required to view content.

Submitted films must be available for exhibition in MP4 format. Once accepted you will be asked to upload a Press Kit including a short bio, a photo of yourself and any marketing material prepared for your film.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. The Sikh Arts and Film Festival not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the festival; However, SAFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the festival.

The exhibition copy supplier will be responsible for the cost of the shipment to the Sikh Arts and Film Festival. Sikh Arts and Film Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier (Features only). Entry materials and/or Short films will not be returned with the exception of hard drives and flash drives with a prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope. Sikh Arts and Film Festival takes the utmost care in the handling of your entry. Sikh Arts and Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints. Notifications will be emailed. All correspondence will be done through email, only through the original submitter. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and locations of the screenings of films are subject to the discretion of the Sikh Arts and Film Festival.