The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) is the leading South Asian film festival in North America, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Seattle in Washington State.

In our 18th year, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival will have a hybrid film festival with in-person and online screenings, industry panels, parties, cash prizes, and a chance to meet wonderful filmmakers and artists.

Tasveer, a nonprofit film organization established in 2002, is responsible for producing TSAFF. This festival offers a platform for South Asian storytellers from all over the world to showcase their talent through various mediums such as films, workshops, monologues, and panel discussions. We firmly believe that film has the power to unite ideas and communities, and through storytelling, we can create deeper understanding leading to a happier and healthier world.

Tasveer Audience Choice Award for Independent Filmmakers

Tasveer Audience Choice: Narrative Feature
Tasveer Audience Choice: Documentary Feature
Tasveer Audience Choice: Short Narrative
Tasveer Audience Choice: Short Documentary

Tasveer Jury Award: Narrative Feature
Tasveer Jury Award: Documentary Feature
Tasveer Jury Award: Short Narrative
Tasveer Jury Award: Short Documentary

Tasveer Emerald Award
Awarded to highly accomplished filmmakers in recognition of significant contributions to South Asian film and diaspora stories.

Tasveer invites the submission of films on themes related to South Asia and its Diaspora. Feature films, documentaries and shorts.

The 10-day South Asian film festival will foster an atmosphere of creative inquiry, filmmakers and audiences will engage in lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative, interactive formats.

South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, and its various Diasporas worldwide.


-- All works must be related to South Asia and/or its Diaspora. This includes films made by filmmakers of South Asian origin and non-South Asian filmmakers that focus on a South Asian theme.
-- Films that are not in English must have English subtitles.
-- Seattle premiere is required, some discretion allowed in case of non-premieres
-- All works must have been released in 2022 and after. Some discretion allowed
-- To be eligible for a student film submission, either the school name must be in the credits or the filmmaker must be currently enrolled in school.
-- In general, we do not screen films that are already available online. Some discretion allowed by the selection committee.
-- Films are required to have closed caption in their submission

Exceptions could be discussed via email to festival directors at


1. Fill out the submission form on FilmFreeway by choosing the appropriate category.
2. Pay the Entry Fee.
3. Send a preview copy of your film via an online link. The link must be non-expiring. Submitting a film via Vimeo is highly recommended.


The Director of Programming, Executive Director, and a selection committee of professionals and community members preview each film and make programming decisions. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers via email by the dates listed on the form.


1. We do not pay a rental fee for the programmed work. Please let us know in advance if your film is being acquired by a distributor.
2. We do not provide airfare & stay for every filmmaker who is selected for the film festival.
3. Though every film we select is special and dear to us, we may not be able to do an in-person screening and Q&A with every filmmaker.

Selection is based on our discretion.
Upon being selected, we will ask you to send the following:
1. Film Stills;
2. Director's photo;
3. Links to a Press Kit;
4. Film trailer if applicable;
5. Online link for press preview
6. The exhibition format file should arrive at the notified address 2 weeks prior to the start of the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Shezah Salam

    What a gem this festival is! I premiered my film 'Bona Vacantia' here and was blown away with the care and attention the organisers give to each participating film. Their relationship with us continued even after the festival due to their partnership with Alaska Air. They were able to include us in Alaska Air's in-flight program for an entire year which is just an unbelievable opportunity for new filmmakers like me. Thank you so much for the amazing work you do and I can't wait to work with you on the next one!

    April 2023
  • Sarah Li

    A very considered festival which has benefitting our film and filmmakers alike.

    January 2023
  • I am so pleased to write my documentary "God`s Buffalo" Awarded as a best short documentary at Tasveer South Asian film Festival 2022
    thank you very much Jury & festival team for your support. Great festival ! see you next time

    November 2022
  • maya bastian

    What a wonderful and well put together festival! Many activities for the filmmakers and a really friendly and efficient team. Would love to return!

    November 2022
  • Madan Kale

    It's wonderful festival specially for independent film makers.

    November 2022